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technics SL-DL1 record players-cartridges

Post by Visa-age » 08 Jul 2019 09:47

Another dumb question from me.

Bought a Technics SL-DL1 last summer I have only started getting the other bits, amp etc to set a system up so i have not had the opportunity to test it.

My record player has a cartridge but seems to bob/track over the surface of the vinyl like a pebble over water -do Technics players have a traditional needle? , if so it seems it it missing? The cartridge is there. Perhaps the arm needs to be in lock position?

Any answers id be very grateful.

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Post by fscl » 08 Jul 2019 17:10

From your description, the cartridge may be missing the stylus / diamond needed to trace the record grooves and reproduce sound / music.

No diamond 9479

Proper stylus 9502

Model numbers / pictures of the cartridge would help in advising replacements.

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Post by Visa-age » 09 Jul 2019 11:23

Hello, thanks for your response, I will take some pictures and post on the forum.

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Post by Visa-age » 10 Jul 2019 12:48

I have attached 2 pictures of the cartridge. There is a bronze coloured stem but not sure if its the needle.
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Post by noisefreq » 10 Jul 2019 13:49

The pictures don't really show much but that looks like a Technics stylus.
The "stem" is inserted into the cartridge body and the stylus/needle is on the other side of the clear plastic insert.

If you can confirm this, look here:
http://www.moneyblows.com/product_info. ... cts_id=153

I've had good luck with these on my SL 10.
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Post by chgc » 11 Jul 2019 01:28

It's hard to tell from the picture, but it looks like your stylus may be missing its cantilever, Visa-age.

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Post by AsOriginallyRecorded » 11 Jul 2019 03:47

The SL-DL1 is a very good linear tracking turntable, which I hope you have downloaded the on site manual for, and familiarized yourself with it's workings and maintenance. Cleaning away old lubricant on the cartridge sled and replacing with a suitable new lubricant is important, and replacement of the small belt that drives the sled is usually advised when returning them to service. The mechanism is very different from turntables with a pivoting arm, and does not usually require any additional service. Linear turntables use p-mount cartridges, often a P30 or P24 stylus. Your cartridge is indeed a Panasonic/Technics p-mount cartridge, and requires a new stylus, which are generally readily available. The bobbing of the short arm will not be so pronounced once there is a stylus/needle to contact the playing surface of the record. Virtually all settings are pre-set at the factory with these turntables, and are essentially plug and play. They are capable of very high levels of replay satisfaction and results. Just treat it as the hi-tech piece of equipment it is, and you should be very happy with it. 8) :)

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Post by chgc » 11 Jul 2019 14:25

It occurs to me that terminology could be a source of confusion here. The word “stylus” is used to refer both to the part shown in V-a’s second photo, and to the pointy diamond that should be at the end of a thin cantilever arm on that part. So, if the cantilever broke off, the stylus is missing its stylus.

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Re: technics SL-DL1 record players-cartridges

Post by rnshwa16 » 12 Jul 2019 18:01

The photo isn't the best, but I'm not seeing the cantilever/diamond assembly. If that's the case, you'll need a new stylus. If that's the original cartridge body, I know you can get after-market substitutes for the original at LP Gear. Get the elliptical, not the conical versions.

I had an SL-DL1 briefly a couple years back, but I somehow messed up the tracking mechanism. Right now I'm trying to get an SL-QL1 working.

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