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 Post subject: Victor Chrominum Needles
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:38 pm 
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Anyone have any experience with these? Curious if they're usable on earlier phonographs. They look like a standard steel needle with the upper shank in light green.


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Chrominum Needles
PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:30 pm 
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They're probably meant for electrical pickups with less weight. I'd suggest you not use them on earlier machines, lest it be an Orthophonic or another low-weight acoustic machine.
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 Post subject: Re: Victor Chrominum Needles
PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:55 pm 
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Thanks Roland. I'll give it a try on my Credenza but not my other machines.


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Chrominum Needles
PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:22 pm 
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Those were meant to play a number of records before they wore out. The green paint let you know if it's been used, and RCA also used other colors for the 33 1/3rd speed records and recording. They aren't the kindest needle to records and must have come out in the mid 30's I would guess.


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 Post subject: Re: Victor Chrominum Needles
PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:40 am 
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A friend of mine used these on his Credenza for quite a long time and I did notice significant wear on the records. To my opinion, all of these long-playing needles provide their convenience at the expense of inevitably destroying the record much quicker than a regular steel needle, at least with acoustic reproducers.


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