Audio Technica Vacuum Records VP96

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Jomajoma
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Audio Technica Vacuum Records VP96

Post by Jomajoma » 18 Mar 2019 14:55

Hey there, finally I am a proud owner of a Vacuum Records VP96 portable record player. Now I am looking for a new stylus as I bought it used.

In the owner manual, the cartridge is named AT-3600LA and the stylus ATN-VP96. The original stylus is hard to find and/or expensive, at least in germany. I was thinking if I can use a different stylus. Can anyone recommend a decent replacement stylus that is easier to find? The Audio-Technica ATN3600L seems to fit but the tracking force is given with 2,0-4,0 g.

If I weigh the tonearm, tracking force is about 5.7 g which seems pretty high. Is that the right tracking force or is there something wrong with the tonearm?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Audio Technica Vacuum Records VP96

Post by Sunwire » 18 Mar 2019 16:05

According to this site, the tracking force for the ATN-VP96 is 2.5-4.5 grams: https://lptunes.com/products/audio-tech ... dle-stylus

If there's a way to reduce the tracking force a bit, it may be worth doing.

Jomajoma
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Re: Audio Technica Vacuum Records VP96

Post by Jomajoma » 19 Mar 2019 08:29

Thank you for your help. I found a spring on the back of the tonearm. I shortened it carefully and am down to 2.5 – 3.0 g tracking force.
This brings me to the second part of my question: Where is the difference between the cartridges AT3600, AT3600L or AT3600LA? What do the letters stand for, are they only to distinguish between the players they were sold with?

Because then I could go for the standard AT3600L stylus which is easier to find.

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Re: Audio Technica Vacuum Records VP96

Post by Jomajoma » 19 Mar 2019 13:11

I don't know if links to other forums are allowed so forgive me if not.

I found an answer to my question here:
https://audiokarma.org/forums/index.php ... 0l.732254/

I have decided to give the standard ATN-3600L stylus a try.

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