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DIY Cartridge Clips

First of all we need an old PCB with a D-Sub male connector or similar.

d-sub connector

Most (but not all of these) have gold-plated connectors.


Break the back side of the connector and extract the clips.

Make sure the connectors are rounded for better contact with the cartridge.

clip removed

The result is as follows:


close up

In this case the clip will connect to a standard cartridge connector (1.2mm diameter pin).


Clips can be crimped or soldered to the wire, making an extraordinary electrical connection because the clip fits perfectly to the pin of the cartridge.


This article is dedicated to all members of the Vinyl Engine, as a small contribution to the world of vinyl enthusiasts, because sound quality does not have to be confronted with expensive products.

León (Spain)


Cartridge clips

Wonderful. Indeed no costs.
However, they are for sale here at
Not too expensive either.

Cartridge clips

Hi there,I just became a member and I love the site.
Leon we love you all,thanks for posting this!

What a Great Idea!

I have TONS of those things! Just today I scrounged in my parts drawer for a good 20 minutes looking for a broken tonearm for a spare clip while three of those were staring right at me!

you are so right

Thanks for the tip, now I'll save and strip my bad boards before I chuck them.

"sound quality does not have to be confronted with expensive products".

I am a firm believer in your quote. The only component in my system that I purchased new that was expensive was my NAD receiver. Everything else was either free, salvaged and/or repaired or bought used for cheap - even down to the Monstercable and oxy-free wires I solder inside the speaker boxes.

Quality for less

Right on! I have top-quality equipment in every room plus an audio studio. Every piece of apparatus., pre-amps, turntables etc I either found at the curb in upscale neighborhoods where the residents couldn't be bothered to sell it, at garage sales, or on Ebay or Craigslist. The freebies include a pair of Bose direct reflecting speakers and various Kenwood amps and pre-amps. A quick check for functionality, a shot of contact cleaner and they are patched in and ready to work.

I am never to proud to salvage quality audio gear. In fact, I can't bear to think of it going to a landfill. What I can't use I give to others so they can enjoy good sound also.


It is an excellent idea, I congratulate you and I thank you for you information.


Excellent ideer!

I just want to say thank you

I just want to say thank you Cadrilator, for taking the time to share this with the rest of us. I tried this last night on my Lab 80 project and was quite pleased with the results.

Salud, Cadrilator!

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Thanks for the wonderful tip, I have tons of spare computer parts I never throw away, now I can finally put some of it to good use.

Good !!

Thank you very much !!

Cool! Thanks a lot for this

Cool! Thanks a lot for this tricks.


very good

another source...

In the US and Canada, anyway, the crimp version of the female D-sub connectors are available at Radio Shack with a molded D-sub 9 or 25 pin shell for short money ($2-3.00) along with the appropriate crimp tool to make a good mechanical connection before soldering.

D-Sub Pin Crimper $ 10.99
Model: 276-1595 | Catalog #: 276-1595

D-Sub Pin Insertion and Extraction Tool $ 3.99
Model: 276-1426 | Catalog #: 276-1426

25-Position Female Crimp D-Sub Connector $ 2.99
Model: 276-1430 | Catalog #: 276-1430

9-Position Female Crimp D-Sub Connector $ 1.99
Model: 276-1428 | Catalog #: 276-1428

These claim to be gold plated, but like most 'Shack stuff, it seems to vary widely in quality depending on who sourced the order. The gold flash is pretty standard on electrical pieces these days, as it connotes "Quality", whether it is deserved or not, but as with RAM SIMMs , there is a large body of information about random, and measurable affects on the signals going through a dissimilar metal junction. (That's why you sometimes have bizarre memory problems from putting tin-plated SIMMs in gold plated sockets, and vice versa. There appears to be a degree of rectification going on, unless the connection is absolutely clean and free of tarnish. Perhaps a little De-Oxit type contact cleaner/enhancer would be prudent.)

A "real" electronics supply house should have the female pin connectors, minus the shells, in bulk for a really good price. A real "mil-spec" part should be available cheaply, but the quantity might lend itself to a club purchase, and perhaps provide an excuse for a small tweaking party and social get-together.

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What a great idea!

Thanks so much for sharing this info, I love finding things right under my nose that will save me money. Keep up the great work, regards, wpod

This rocks !

perfect idea .