We would like to dedicate this post to a very intricate part of turntables called the record player needle or stylus. This small device is crucial to the functionality of a turntable and is placed to rest on top of the vinyl. The stylus is often times made from a variety of materials including diamond, metal, steel or even sapphire. On average it is estimated that a record needle can for around 500-2500 hours of music listening experiences.
Here we’ll be showcasing a bunch of videos about record player needles that you’re bound to find useful. We also discovered a turntable that plays without the use of a needle which we’ll briefly mention.
When to replace your needle?
Vinyl collectors always want to know when they should replace the needles on their turntables. Advice on this subject varies a lot. We’ve seen websites recommend 500 hours of listening experience and others between 1000 and 2500 hours. Since it’s a highly debated topic among collectors we’ve found a video from an experienced collector on YouTube explaining it in detail.
The video channel is called Vinyl Eyez. Take a look at the video below.
How to replace your needle?
Now that you have a better idea when it is best to replace your stylus it’s time to find out how to replace your record needle. Maybe you think it’s time to get a new stylus or you want to try improving sound quality with a different one.
This video from howcast.com is over 7 years old yet it is very detailed and will surely help someone who has never tried pulling this off.
Cleaning your record player needle
Did you know that you can clean your record needle? A dirty needle can really affect the sound quality of your turntable. Besides that, do you really want all kinds of dirt and grime building up on your needle and maybe even damage your vinyl? Many people tend to neglect this part of LP collecting.
Luckily Vinyl Eyez once again shows us how to clean a record needle with his video below.
There you have it! By now you should have more knowledge about record player needles than the average vinyl collector. It’s safe to assume that if you follow the instructions set out in the videos we showed you, you will be able to take care of your stylus the best way possible.
We might be updating this section in future months, but for now, refer to this article from digitalmusicnews.com about the Miniot Turntable.
Now you know when to replace, how to replace and how to clean your record player needle. If you’re looking for a way to store and display your turntable take a look at our record player stands guide on our website.