Is this a AT3600?

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Is this a AT3600?

Post by ciaoflyer » 18 Feb 2019 14:55

This cart came off my mum and dads old 80s Sony hifi system. It looks like an at3600 but lacks a mount. Also on back of cart it says Japan. Worth resurrecting? Can you get the mount or should I make one?
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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by bernard1 » 18 Feb 2019 15:29

AT3600L is one of the less expensive cart, if not the less expensive one.
You'll spend more money trying to restore it than buying a new one.
You can replace it with the same model or upgrade to an upper model from
AT.
On which turntable was it mounted ?

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 18 Feb 2019 15:34

You can buy new AT3600 with white stylus body for less than 20 eur and better version AT91 with yellow one for 25 eur. These cartridges are mass produced throw away product.

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by vanakaru » 18 Feb 2019 17:09

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
18 Feb 2019 15:34
These cartridges are mass produced throw away product.
However they sound just great. Look at many discussions about these.

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by ciaoflyer » 18 Feb 2019 17:22

bernard1 wrote:
18 Feb 2019 15:29
AT3600L is one of the less expensive cart, if not the less expensive one.
You'll spend more money trying to restore it than buying a new one.
You can replace it with the same model or upgrade to an upper model from
AT.
On which turntable was it mounted ?
Can’t remember which Sony unit, I robbed the cart from it about 20 years ago before it went into landfill! It was an all in one system not separates. Thought I could fashion a smart wood mount for it see how it looks. I see LPGEAR do a Stylus upgrade?

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by 33na3rd » 18 Feb 2019 18:09

Here's a wood body for the AT3600/AT91 series from Germany.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Exclusive-WOOD ... %7Ciid%3A1

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by ciaoflyer » 18 Feb 2019 20:48

33na3rd wrote:
18 Feb 2019 18:09
Here's a wood body for the AT3600/AT91 series from Germany.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Exclusive-WOOD ... %7Ciid%3A1
Love this, bit pricey though, gonna definitely have a go at making one now!

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 18 Feb 2019 21:14

vanakaru wrote:
18 Feb 2019 17:09

However they sound just great. Look at many discussions about these.
I am using AT91. It sounds great for the price but comparing to much more advanced and expensive carts it is nothing special. The last AT3600 which I heard was much worse, but it was one of the modern versions from China.

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by ciaoflyer » 18 Feb 2019 22:39

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
18 Feb 2019 21:14
vanakaru wrote:
18 Feb 2019 17:09

However they sound just great. Look at many discussions about these.
I am using AT91. It sounds great for the price but comparing to much more advanced and expensive carts it is nothing special. The last AT3600 which I heard was much worse, but it was one of the modern versions from China.
What’s the difference between at91 and at3600? Could mine be a 91?

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by Vinylfreak86 » 18 Feb 2019 23:27

ciaoflyer wrote:
18 Feb 2019 22:39


What’s the difference between at91 and at3600? Could mine be a 91?
Body of AT91 and AT3600 looks the same, but inside they are not. Price don`t lie and until few years ago AT91 was always made in Japan. Now also they are made in China. No matter what, it is not worth to invest anything in it. If you need a cart for a turntable just buy new AT91 or Ortofon OM 5E and that is it.

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by vanakaru » 19 Feb 2019 07:33

Vinylfreak86 wrote:
18 Feb 2019 21:14


I am using AT91. It sounds great for the price but comparing to much more advanced and expensive carts it is nothing special. The last AT3600 which I heard was much worse, but it was one of the modern versions from China.
Maybe it depends of the system overall expense but with mine the AT3600 sounds rather similar to Shure M75, AT95 and many more up to 100EUR range carts. However I would never think of installing it into 50EUR wooden body(I have doubts about its benefit in anyway).
BTW I have few old AT3600's and I got couple of new Chinese made. If there is a difference at all the new are better.

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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by ciaoflyer » 19 Feb 2019 10:45

Deff an AT cart just took photo inside Stylus and can see logo, number 8 and JAPAN.

Can anyone give me the dimensions of the plastic mount, thickness etc? Cheers
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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by cafe latte » 19 Feb 2019 11:10

vanakaru wrote:
18 Feb 2019 17:09
Vinylfreak86 wrote:
18 Feb 2019 15:34
These cartridges are mass produced throw away product.
However they sound just great. Look at many discussions about these.
I agree they might be throw away price but they do sound great.
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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by cafe latte » 19 Feb 2019 11:12

vanakaru wrote:
19 Feb 2019 07:33
Vinylfreak86 wrote:
18 Feb 2019 21:14


I am using AT91. It sounds great for the price but comparing to much more advanced and expensive carts it is nothing special. The last AT3600 which I heard was much worse, but it was one of the modern versions from China.
Maybe it depends of the system overall expense but with mine the AT3600 sounds rather similar to Shure M75, AT95 and many more up to 100EUR range carts. However I would never think of installing it into 50EUR wooden body(I have doubts about its benefit in anyway).
BTW I have few old AT3600's and I got couple of new Chinese made. If there is a difference at all the new are better.
I have an AT91 and a AT3600l and they are the same, but the AT3600l is cheaper. The AT91 trackes lighter, apparently, but but both seem to likr 2.5g.
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Re: Is this a AT3600?

Post by cats squirrel » 19 Feb 2019 22:30

agree with Chris (cafe latte)

however, I would point out one thing, if you want to get it going again. The small plastic mount (which is missing) provides a few extra degrees of rake angle, as the body on the AT3600/AT91/Rega Carbon does not provide enough for the 20 degrees the cantilever should be used at.

However, for the cost of a new one, and piece of mind as to the existing one's stylus quality, I suggest you invest in either an AT91/AT3600L or upgrade to an AT95E (which seems to have a rake altering mount, too). Although both no longer available in the same housings, one can still find the old ones.

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