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Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 00:44
by David Nicholls
I have had it in the drawer for years, likely from an old turntable. It has no stylus. It's probably a budget cartridge but I can't find any photos online that match.

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 04:29
by audiopile
TRy reading the coils -IOW - in Kohms setting on multimeter -measure between red and green and blue and white terminals (or left and left ground and right and right ground pins). This will help identify which cart series it's within.

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 04:53
by David Nicholls
I'm seeing 480 Ohms DC resistance

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 05:19
by David Nicholls
Searching through the VE database, I think it may be an AT6. Similar body shape at least.

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 05:21
by lini
David: That's an AT-6, a classic AT from the 60s, for which there should have been three original needle variants, namely the AT6-5D, the AT6-7D (0.5 / 0.7 mil conical) and the AT6-EL (medium-sharp elliptical (0.3 x 0.7 mil)).

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 06:29
by David Nicholls
Vielen Dank, Manfred. Grüß aus Canberra! I wonder if anyone still sells replacement stylii?

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 07:33
by lini
David: Keine Ursache. And should be no problem to find a replacement. Currently there even seems to be a new old stock AT-7D on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/312271085250

Greetings from Munich!

Manfred / lini

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 16 Dec 2018 13:58
by BMRR
This same cartridge was also sold under the Victor brand name as the MD-1004. In terms of sound and performance, they're similar to the Shure carts of the early '60s. I have one and it sounds quite similar to my Shure M44-7: big, bold and punchy.

If you don't want to spring for the new old stock AT stylus, the aftermarket styli from Pfanstiehl are plenty good enough to play around with it and decide whether you want to keep it or not:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/STEREO-TURNTAB ... :rk:3:pf:0

Re: Which Audio Technica cartridge is this?

Posted: 17 Dec 2018 21:39
by KentT
This cartridge is also known as the Pioneer PC-35 too. And styli available for it.