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Head shells

Post by andrew678122 » 02 Jul 2019 20:20

This is probably a stupid question but here goes: can I use any head shell on the stock tone arm on my AT XA?

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Post by derspankster » 02 Jul 2019 20:32

No. Must be an AR or AR clone. Many change out the stock arm tube (requires a arm rewire) with one from a Technics table with a SME type connector. In my very humble opinion the plastic head shell is the weak point of the table. The nibs on top and bottom will erode over time. But - if you mounted a cartridge and just left it alone, they would likely never erode. Still the weak point though. Hard to align a cartridge perfectly with a fixed mounting point. You can adjust the length of the stock arm by loosening a small screw underneath where the wand enters the pivot block. But, there's no way to toe the cartridge in to get a precise alignment.

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Post by andrew678122 » 02 Jul 2019 20:57

The sellers don't seem to be very forthcoming in their ads. I went to LP Gear and did a search for "AR head shell" and one of the items returned was >this<
All the listing says about mounting is "Half-inch", does that convey anything useful to me? Are most head shells almost universal, but just not for the AR XA?

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Re: Head shells

Post by derspankster » 02 Jul 2019 21:03

Well. most all head shells have bayonet or SME type mounts. There are many variations of the shell itself. Some are for straight tonearms and some for s or j bend tonearms. Some are proprietary like some of the ADC or Onkyo. By the way, the half inch refers to the mounting holes in the cartridge. Another type is the P mount that plugs into the tonearm. Not many of those types around anymore.

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Post by lenjack » 03 Jul 2019 01:38

That's false advertising. I'd let them know.

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Post by andrew678122 » 03 Jul 2019 01:58

lenjack wrote:
03 Jul 2019 01:38
That's false advertising. I'd let them know.
I'm a rank beginner in this hobby and know very little about what I'm trying to do, I rely on being able to get good info from those people around me, from websites, and suppliers. It does seem that parts/component suppliers could be a little more forthcoming with details about their merchandise. I hope they know what it is they're selling, what it will work with, and what it won't, because as much as I'm trying to learn I still don't.

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Re: Head shells

Post by lenjack » 03 Jul 2019 02:00

AS to your original post, it is not a stupid question. If you're a beginner, how are you supposed to know?

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