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Technics SL-D3 Cartridge and Adjustments Question

Postby dubtechno » 01 Oct 2011 19:08

Hi,

I recently picked up a late 70s Technics SL-D3 turntable. My first turntable in 30 years. Initially I thought I would only play some thrift store records but now I find myself buying records for $25 a piece. I use the turntable for simple playback, mostly old jazz records.

Now I want to make sure that the adjustments/setting are correct. I don't know much about the equipment. Any advice/feedback would be appreciated.

The turntable manual listed the correct stylus pressure at 1.75 and the anti-skating at 1.75. The actual settings when I bought the turntable were 2.1 pressure and 1 for anti-skating.

I assume that the cartridge/stylus are not the original equipment. It is Audio Technica and I think the model starts with 'A'. I didn't want to unscrew the cartridge so I can't positively ID the cartridge yet. I took the picture below. Would anybody be able to help me to identify the cartridge or suggest if any adjustments are needed. Thanks so much.Andreas18936
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Re: Technics SL-D3 Cartridge and Adjustments Question

Postby plyscds » 01 Oct 2011 20:34

First, the cartridge is an Audio-Technica. The logo on the front IDs that. I don't know the model number, but it might be shown on the top of the cartridge body which is now hidden under the headshell. Further complicating things is often a variety of stylus assemblies will fit on a given cartridge maker's cartridge bodies. And it is the stylus assembly that determines what tracking force to use because there are different stylus shapes and different rates of suspension stiffness a buyer can encounter. So you need to know which cartridge you are working with and then decide which stylus assembly you want to use with it to know which tracking force to dial in.

The SL-D2 can use the Technics overhang gauge for setting up cartridges in the headshell. Vinyl Engine has downloadable protractors if you decide to use them, and they do work well, but I found the overhang gauge is the easiest way to get good sound out of a Technics "S" tonearm.

http://www.needledoctor.com/Online-Stor ... hang+gauge

You can get it from other vendors besides this one. This site has a nice picture. Vinyl Engine also has the owner's manual and service manual for this turntable for download. These are handy things to have around: owner's manual for care and feeding, and service manual because service facilities can no longer get this kind of help on older 'tables from the factory.
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Re: Technics SL-D3 Cartridge and Adjustments Question

Postby plyscds » 01 Oct 2011 22:08

OOPS! (Re: Technics SL-D3 Cartridge and Adjustments Question)

In my preceding post I should have said "D3" instead of "D2".

(Note to self: no more typing when rushed!)
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Re: Technics SL-D3 Cartridge and Adjustments Question

Postby dlaloum » 02 Oct 2011 03:38

The cartridge is of the Audio Technica AT10/11/12 family, and will take any of the (pfanstiehl designation) 200 and 201 series styli...

The one on there now looks like:
http://www.turntableneedles.com/Needle- ... p_916.html
Which tracks at around 2g

You can use any of the 200 series styli
http://www.turntableneedles.com/search. ... &search=GO

or 201 series
http://www.turntableneedles.com/search. ... &search=GO

These include the excellent ATS12S and ATN12s shibata styli...

bye for now

David
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