capsican wrote:Hey guys...thanks for the Help. I tried to gently pull out the black plastic piece, also tried twisting it left and right in case it unscrewed. I got pretty forceful with a pair of pliers and it doesn't want to budge. If I was certain it would come out, I could try harder or maybe even cut it off?
Don't try pulling that part out, it is meant to be fixed and wiring will come out with it. That is the actual headshell connector, the plastic usually falls apart.
You will need to fabricate the new part, or try fixing what is left with something suitable. The headshell is going to be hard to find and quite expensive.
The photograph below shows the complete heashell.