How to Identify Which Stylus will Work with Your Turntable

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How to Identify Which Stylus will Work with Your Turntable

Step 1. Find the make and model of your turntable. The make is the company that made the turntable, the model is usually several letters and numbers. For example, the Audio-Technica AT-PL120 turntable. Audio-Technica would be the make and AT-PL120 would be the model number. Write this information down.

For Step 2, you'll attempt to identify your cartridge. Please refer to the option that matches your situation.

Step 2a. There's a cartridge and/or stylus on your turntable and you can locate the make and model number:
This information is found on the cartridge. For example, the Audio-Technica AT-PL120 turntable was fitted with an Audio-Technica ATP-2X cartridge. This information will allow you to find a stylus that is compatible with your cartridge. Write this information down and refer to step 3.

Step 2b. There's a cartridge and/or stylus on your turntable, but you are unable to find the make and/or model number:
In this situation, it would be best to simply send us photos of the cartridge and stylus currently fitted to your turntable so we can assist you in finding a suitable replacement. Please also include the make and model number of your turntable.

Step 2c. There's no cartridge and stylus on your turntable:
In this situation, you will need to purchase a cartridge and stylus to get your turntable up and running. Some cartridges are sold with a stylus and some are sold without. If you are not sure which cartridge(s) are compatible with your turntable, please contact us with the make and model of your turntable and we'd be happy to assist you with finding a cartridge and stylus that suits your needs.

Step 2d. You're referencing the information given in your turntable's owner's manual:
If you're referencing your turntable's owner's manual for your cartridge make and model, be sure to also check what is currently fitted to your turntable. If the cartridge currently fitted to your turntable does not match what is listed in the manual, you will end up with the wrong stylus. In the situation where your cartridge is different or you cannot identify which cartridge is currently fitted to your turntable, please contact us for assistance in finding the right stylus.
When contacting us for assistance, please include your turntable's make and model number and your cartridge's make and model number (if possible). Pictures will also help us identify a replacement for you.

Step 3. Search LP Tunes for the turntable or cartridge make and model number. You will find results for a compatible stylus replacement. For example, if you search LP Tunes for Audio-Technica AT-PL120 turntable or Audio-Technica ATP-2X cartridge, you will see this result: Audio-Technica stylus for Audio-Technica AT-PL120

Step 4. Next, take a close look at the stylus currently fitted to your cartridge. Compare the appearance of your current stylus with the image of the stylus shown on LP Tunes. Generally, the appearance should match. Sometimes there will be a variation in color, but the shape profile should be the same. If the appearance of your stylus does not match the stylus on LP Tunes, please send us the make and model numbers of your turntable and cartridge so we can assist you in finding a suitable replacement. Pictures will also help us identify a replacement for you.

For assistance, you can reach LP Tunes by mail, email or fax:

LP Tunes
3024 Via Venezia
Henderson, NV 89052

Email: info@lptunes.com
Fax: (702) 974-0220


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