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First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 01:52
by Madmanmerc
Hello all. This is my first post but have been a long time lurker. I have a few questions about an old realistic lab 55 turntable. I know it's not worth much but I grew up with it so I don't want to throw it out. It is missing the tonearm counterweight (at least I think it had a counterweight. Been a long long time since I used it) and the whole cartridge. I can't seem to find these parts online and was wondering if I am missing a place were I can search. Is there a generic or universal part I can use? Or maybe I should just forget about it and just by a new turntable. Like I said I have had this turntable for a real long time so I don't really want to throw it out. Besides the missing parts it still looks new so it would be a shame to throw out.
Thank you

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 02:56
by lenjack
You will need a counterweight, and there are no universals, but looks like it should take a standard 1/2 inch cartridge. I don't see it in the library, but I'll bet someone here will know something.

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 03:03
by Madmanmerc
Thank you lenjack. So a 1/2 inch cartridge is standard. Check. Is there another brand of counterweight that might fit?

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 03:21
by lenjack
Check out the following link. I have no idea if any of these will fit.

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R ... itleDesc=0

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 04:01
by Madmanmerc
Thank you. Can you tell from the pics if I need to order the cartridge or just a stylus. I am very new to this so I am unsure as to what I might need

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 04:35
by lenjack
You will need a cartridge. Not being familiar with the turntable or the equipment you will be connecting it to, others will have to advise you which to look for. Again, you cannot get by without a counterweight.There are probably many that will fit, but there is no way to tell which ones.

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 05:47
by vinyl master
Oh, you mean this??? :-k

https://www.ebay.com/itm/REALISTIC-LAB- ... ctupt=true

Better hop on it FAST for that price! :D

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 12:49
by lenjack
Get it NOW :!:

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 11 Jan 2019 01:51
by Madmanmerc
Thanks. I am waiting for response from seller to see if they deliver to canada

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 11 Jan 2019 12:59
by Ghaasl
As far as cartridges go, a popular starter cartridge is the Audio Technica AT-95e. It’ll get you up and running. Is your Realistic belt, idler, or direct driven?

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 11 Jan 2019 15:45
by unclefz
No real info on the Lab-55 easily found, but it looks from the 1979 Radioshack catalogue that it was new that year for $99.95 (or $100 in none sales person speak :roll: )

Shows as having an 'automatic' 45 spindle as an optional extra at $7.95

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/

Select the 1979 catalogue and look top left on page 24.

I dont see it in the 1980 catalogue so it may have been a short lived turntable for them.

States its belt drive and comes with either a Realistic or Shure cartridge so it looks good to fit an at95e for example. Also states its a three speed 'table.

Jicocanada have belts as do amazon and LPGEAR and jicocanada and lpgear have stylus for it although these would be useless without the cartridge so a new cartridge would be needed.

E.G.
https://jicocanada.com/collections/radi ... eplacement

The counterweight that Vinylmaster pointed to states they ship to Canada too. :D

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 12 Jan 2019 01:15
by Madmanmerc
Thanks everyone. I looked into the audio technica at95e and I should be ordering it tomorow. I ordered the counterweight that vinylmaster stated.

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 12 Jan 2019 02:57
by lenjack
What receiver are you connecting this turntable to?

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 12 Jan 2019 03:51
by Madmanmerc
I have a nice yamaha 7.1 receiver with a very nice pair of psb towers. It sounds insanely good on cd so I'm hoping it will do the same for the tt. I also have an old pioneer tube amp somewhere in my parents basement that has been on my mind lately. I might go get it. But the yamaha and psb's are my main setup

Re: First post. Questions on realistic turntable

Posted: 12 Jan 2019 03:58
by Ghaasl
Does your Yamaha have a phono input? If not, you’ll need that Pioneer or to buy a separate phono preamp.