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Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby winsomelad » 20 Oct 2017 18:49

Got and paid too much for a Yamaha tt400u turntable.

Came with a Grado XG cartridge.

I am guessing this is a P cartridge?

Can't find a stylus for this Grado XG except the Premier, which are expensive.

Researched and found that ATN3600L cartridge will fit.

Anybody know for sure? Still not in the know about 1/2" and P cartridges.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby jdjohn » 20 Oct 2017 22:45

I think the previous owner used a P-adaptor. That headshell is actually for 1/2" carts per this diagram. You'll need to remove the P-adaptor, which should be easy.
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You don't want an AT3600L (ATN3600L is actually the stylus). It tracks too heavy and has a crappy cantilever and diamond. You're best bet for a budget cartridge is the AT95E.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby winsomelad » 20 Oct 2017 23:05

took apart, but can't see where any screws would attach to hold a 1/2.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby jdjohn » 21 Oct 2017 15:08

Yeah, that's a special P-headshell unique to that tonearm, I think. Here is a 1/2" headshell for it https://www.turntableneedles.com/Yamaha ... _3914.html but it's kind of expensive. The 1/2" will give you more options in the long run, but it is an investment.

As-is, you will need a P-mount cartridge. A good budget choice is an AT92ECD.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby nat » 21 Oct 2017 16:50

Aren't essentially all Grado styli for the plastic body models interchangeable? You could use a red or green at reasonable cost.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby winsomelad » 21 Oct 2017 20:59

jdjohn wrote:Yeah, that's a special P-headshell unique to that tonearm, I think. Here is a 1/2" headshell for it https://www.turntableneedles.com/Yamaha ... _3914.html but it's kind of expensive. The 1/2" will give you more options in the long run, but it is an investment.

As-is, you will need a P-mount cartridge. A good budget choice is an AT92ECD.


I was thinking that one too, or even the 3482P

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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby winsomelad » 21 Oct 2017 21:16

nat wrote:Aren't essentially all Grado styli for the plastic body models interchangeable? You could use a red or green at reasonable cost.


I am not using this as a daily driver. Fixing it to sell.

$100 for red or green stylus is too much.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby BMRR » 22 Oct 2017 15:46

In that case, just put an AT92E on it and call it good. It'll outperform the Grado anyway.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby winsomelad » 22 Oct 2017 16:31

BMRR wrote:In that case, just put an AT92E on it and call it good. It'll outperform the Grado anyway.


Good to know. Judging by the expense of a Grado, I was beginning to think they were exquisite sounding. lol

I read that maybe the 3482P was for old scratchy records though. Which I have a lot of.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby BMRR » 22 Oct 2017 16:54

The 3482 is a bit more forgiving of surface noise, but it has a lot more inner groove distortion than the 92E. I'd rather hear surface noise than IGD but that's my personal preference.
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Re: Yamaha TT400U With a Grado XG cart

Postby winsomelad » 22 Oct 2017 17:03

BMRR wrote:The 3482 is a bit more forgiving of surface noise, but it has a lot more inner groove distortion than the 92E. I'd rather hear surface noise than IGD but that's my personal preference.


Good to know. Thanks again for the info.
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