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How To Replace a Turntable Needle

Watch more Home Repair & DIY videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to replace a turntable needle with these step-by-step instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Remove the shell or carrier Examine your turntable and determine if your head shell or cartridge carrier—that is, the arm that holds the needle cartridge—is removable. If so, take it off. Tip If you've never replaced your needle before, you might want to replace the needle cartridge as well. Step 2: Get make and model Determine the make and model of your turntable and needle cartridge (which may or may not have its own number). Find the appropriate replacement parts by taking this information to an electronics store or using it to order online. Step 3: Remove old needle If you're replacing just the needle, remove the old one by pulling it out by hand. If it's difficult to remove, use needle-nose pliers. Step 4: Insert new needle Read the instructions for the new needle. If it came with none, simply insert it into the cartridge by holding the top of the needle and very gently easing it in. Step 5: Remove old cartridge If you're replacing your entire cartridge, the new one should come with instructions. If it doesn't, simply use a small screwdriver and pliers to remove the old cartridge from your cartridge carrier or head shell. Step 6: Remove new needle Remove the needle from your new cartridge before installing it by gently pulling it out with your fingers. Make sure your hands are clean and free of oil. Step 7: Install cartridge Install your new cartridge using the screws and nuts provided. Don't fasten the nuts securely at this point—you want a bit of room to make adjustments. Step 8: Rewire Use needle-nose pliers or tweezers to slide the head shell wires over the pins on the cartridge. The wires should be different colors, and should match the colors of the pins—red to red, blue to blue. Tip Be careful when attaching the wires! If you strip the wires, or pull them out entirely, you'll have to take your turntable to a repair shop! Step 9: Insert new needle Insert the needle back into the cartridge by holding the top of the needle and very gently easing it in. Step 10: Reinstall shell or carrier If you removed the head shell or cartridge carrier, reinstall it at this time. Step 11: Align the neddle Next, align the needle. If your turntable came with an overhang gauge, align the needle tip with the markings on the gauge. If it came with a paper protractor, follow the instructions, which usually involve aligning the needle and cartridge marks on the protractor. Tip If your cartridge doesn't have square sides, align the cantilever--the tiny metal shaft that holds the needle--with the guideline underneath it. Step 12: Tighten nuts Once you've achieved proper alignment, tighten the nuts securing your cartridge to the cartridge carrier. Do not over-tighten them, or you could crack or distort the cartridge. Step 13: Set tracking force Begin to set the tracking force. First, set your table's anti-skating dial--usually a small knob next to the arm--to zero. Place the cueing lever in the down position. Adjust the counterweight on the arm so that your arm is parallel with the platter of your turntable. Step 14: Adjust the dial If your turntable has a built-in tracking force scale, adjust the dial to the appropriate tracking force. Tip Refer to your owner's manual for the appropriate tracking force for your turntable. Step 15: Use a gauge If your turntable doesn't have a built-in scale, you'll need to use a stylus force gauge to measure and set your turntable's tracking force. The stylus force gauge will have instructions on proper use. Step 16: Set knob Set the anti-skating knob to the same setting as your tracking force. Step 1
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