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Tonearm Rewiring

Postby ondesmartenot » 06 Jun 2011 03:09

Hi All
I just bought an early 70's Pioneer PL-510 for $5, that has had the tonearm wires cut off at the base, so I am going to try and rewire it. I have a couple of questions that maybe some of you guys can help with. Should I use a Lead-Free or a Lead-Based solder, and should I use a shielded wire or does it matter? Any help is appreciated.
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Postby zwarte-romantiek » 06 Jun 2011 10:56

I recently used these ... 1e64077367

for rewiring an vintage ARGONNE tonearm. It was simple and easy. I use it with an ORTOFON high-output cartridge and it sounds nice.

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Postby mikeap001 » 06 Jun 2011 22:43

Generally, if you can, get the leaded solder. It's generally not ROHs compliant but it makes a longer, more stable connection. Lead free solder's what's used in Laptop and computer motherboards and that's why so many of them breakdown if you over heat them--- some components get unsoldered. Though for the temperatures used for a turntable, it shouldn't matter.

As for wire, use any from 34 to 28 AWG tinned or untinned copper. You can get this from mouse wire, USB wire, or miniHDMI cable (34-30 AWG). The resistance per yard of those is actually less than than the resistance in 18 inches of Dual or Garrard tonearm wire according to my Radio Shack meter.

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