Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

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markek
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Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by markek » 13 Dec 2019 00:02

Trying to set up this turntable and found some nice information on youtube that I have been trying to follow. '

I'm at the point where it says I need the cartridge tracking weight to set the tonearm. Problem is I can't find any information on this cartridge?
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Alec124c41
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Re: Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by Alec124c41 » 13 Dec 2019 00:19

1.5 grams is a pretty safe bet for a Shure ED stylus.

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Re: Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by markek » 13 Dec 2019 00:25

Thanks Alec. I'll use that. Is this cartridge really old? Weird that I can't find anything on it.

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Re: Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by audiopile » 13 Dec 2019 01:17

Sold Shure carts back in the day -but the wonderful world of export private label models was completely new to me until I joined this forum. Still - I agree with Alec -within the Shure letter system -you get a fair idea of what to try in terms of tracking force. Want a taste of anarchy mixed with confusion - try making sense of 40? years of Audio technica carts/styli ?

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Re: Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by smee4 » 13 Dec 2019 02:48

You can also watch the cantilever deflection as you lower it onto a surface (record). The cantilever should deflect upwards, by a small amount, no more than halfway through it's full range of movement.

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Re: Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by AsOriginallyRecorded » 13 Dec 2019 03:49

A google search indicates this cartridge to be part of the fairly extensive Shure "Designer Series". Shure took very good cartridge bodies of the era, modified a few things, put a different stylus on them, and sold them as somewhat special commodities. Some appear as Realistic cartridges, and are generally very nice cartridges to own. Turntableneedles and LPGear have styli for them, as I'm sure do others, once you find the listing. Generally, will accept many styli in the M75 and M95 ranges I believe. As noted by other esteemed members, 1.5 will work with this cartridge, and .2gm changes in either direction can be made safely as long as tracking remains good. Should be perfect for your table. Enjoy!

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Re: Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by KentT » 13 Dec 2019 04:26

This cartridge is technically speaking, a Radio Shack branded aka Realistic version of the M 75 ED Type II, and thusly tracks at 3/4 to 1 1/2 grams tracking force. It is a .2 x .7 mil nude mounted elliptical stylus. So, some information for you.

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Re: Can't find tracking weight for my cartridge

Post by lenjack » 13 Dec 2019 04:49

Another avenue is to contact Shure tech support, and ask. I''m fairly sure, if you give them the model number, you will get a response. Worth a try.

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