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Old 02-03-2011, 03:32 PM
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Head-shells

I'm looking to buy some extra head-shells. I only have one set right now so whenever I want to change cartridges, I have to go through the whole process of unscrewing them and everything.

The price of Technics head-shells is kind of putting me off though! $25 each from eBay is the cheapest I've found. By comparison, the classic SME shells can be found as cheap as $6.

Can someone tell me what issues are involved in using a different head-shell?

Would I be able to use my Grado DJ200s with an SME head-shell?

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Record-Player-Headshell-SME-Sony-Pioneer-Technics-/400155556736?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d2b21 3b80

http://cgi.ebay.com/Technics-MK2-Headshell-Black-Technics-Headshell-MK2-/380306247018?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item588c04 cd6a
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:19 PM
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The four pins on the back. I believe Technics has the patent to that configuration. Shure has package where their M-44s come with a new headshell.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:56 PM
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You could contact Gemini for they offered replicas of the Technics S-arm Headshell 10 years ago.

The generic headshell you are considering could only be given away free when Turntables were popular.

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Old 02-04-2011, 01:00 AM
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The Gemini is on the left, and the Technics is on the right. The others are a combination of Gemini & Technics. Bear in mind all the cartridges/needles stem from 1996 sitting in a microphone case falling apart.









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Old 02-04-2011, 01:50 AM
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American Audio has a clone of the Technics, but I believe it's made using pot metal, not aluminum, and has nickel contacts, not gold.

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com...ell?sku=800889

So, aluminum vs. pot metal; gold vs. nickel; weight of the original Technics vs. heavier or lighter headshells.

Some have said the Stanton headshell is a good alternative.

That same ebay seller has one that looks a bit more like the Technics with gold contacts:

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Record-Playe...em5ad9ed 5fda
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:08 PM
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Boy, the number of Technics headshells that I've tossed in the trash.

I've always considered the Stanton headshells to be the nicer product.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:59 PM
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Thanks for the tips, all.
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