Welcome to the "fast spinners" club. There is a lot of enjoyment to be had in those old records.
First off I want to give you a link to a site with a lot of information on old records. http://www.videointerchange.com/vintage_78s.htm
They discuss such things as the material which records are made of and the cleaning of them. They have information on stylus size for many vintage records.
I see that you bought a new Stylus 78s. Is that just a stylus for your existing Shure cartridge or was the whole assembly sold as a 78 cartridge. The reason I ask is that if it a Stereo Cartridge the channels should be summed for mono. That makes a vast difference in noise and distortion. I use an old Shure M44C with an AN44-3 stylus. It is a stereo cartridge and I sum the channels. I think the 78 cartridges which they sell now are stereo cartridges with the channels strapped at the pins.
The new Shure 78 cartridges don't seem to get much love on the forums but I like my old one.
I can't stress the importance of summing the channels enough. It does make a big difference. The strapping on the cartridge pins is OK until you want to get into vertical cut discs such as Edison Diamond discs. For those you need to be able to to reverse the phase of one channel relative to the other.
There is a lot made of using the correct equalization with 78s and of course it is true, but it is not a show stopper if you only have RIAA EQ. I made a post about this very thing relative to acoustically recorded records in this forum.
To place a picture in your post first you need to put it in the gallery. After you get the post in the gallery copy the number on the picture and go back to the forum and click on the Img button. There will be a cursor in the middle of the bunch of characters which appear. Paste the number which you copied there. I believe there is a 500 kbyte file size limit.
eljorge wrote:Hi guys, not too long back i began collecting 78's, just to see what they would sound like, and now i cant get enough of them.
I have started my own little collection (althou i find hundreds i only buy what intrests me), i have a couple of elvis, armstrong, fitzgerald, ellington, gene krupa,benny goodman, louis jordan etc. I love this stuff but am really trying to get the best sound possible so i recently purchased a shure n55e3, but i have quiet a bit of (surface) noise; I've read a couple of other posts and there are some really knowledgable people here.
I have some records that are over 100 yrs old, and have been played with some unsavory needles, what could i do to get the best out of them, needle size is a big problem, i have a couple of those old (50's-60's) needles that you turn to lps or 78's, do these maybe work better for these?
Would love to post some pics of my stuff if anyone is intrested but not sure hoe to, any suggestions, and where could i go see what you got?