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 Post subject: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:24 pm 
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I found this round tipped needle in the case of my Columbia 140. Here is the picture.

It has a round tip with point that comes off of it.


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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:08 pm 
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Your picture is blurry, it would show up better on a white background. If the tip is actually round - like a little glass ball, then it is a Pathé type stylus. If it is not actually "round", but more of a point, then it is likely a diamond tip stylus for playing Edison DD records. Otherwise, it could be a tungsten tip needle... sorry, I can't be sure from your pic.
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:12 am 
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Looks like an "extra loud" tungstone.

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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:00 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:26 pm 
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To continue this discussion. I've got a needle similar to the one posted above. Also on hand are several wooden or hard fiber needles. I've not tried to use either of these as would like to hear from the collective wisdom here before I do.

Let's see if a photo posts below:


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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:32 pm 
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Dave,

Both of those needles look to be OK to use. The Tungstone needle is one that can be used multiple times without replacing it until the tip wears down. The bamboo needle won't hurt your records either...
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:09 pm 
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Curt: Very good. I take it that the bamboo needles are good for only one play as well?

Thanks.

Dave...


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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:48 pm 
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DaveMo wrote:
Curt: Very good. I take it that the bamboo needles are good for only one play as well?

Thanks.

Dave...


It depends- with the right record, in fine condition, with as little drag on the arm as possible (I disengage the auto stop on my credenza) I can get 2 sides. After that you slice the tip off with a needle cutter and use it again


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 Post subject: Re: "Strange" phonograph needle
PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:28 pm 
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Ah, very good. It seems there's always something interesting to learn on this mortal coil!

Thanks a bunch!

Dave...


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