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What's On This Page? Whether You Call It A Needle Or Stylus, KAB Has The Right One For Your Phonograph, Record Player Or Turntable.
Experts At Researching Older Sets
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FAQ INFO HELP
Flip Over Style NeedlesOriginal Equipment StyliHi Fi and Audiophile Styli78 RPM Standard and CustomDJ Performance Styli
Specific Brands How to find your needle or stylus Related Links
Aiwa
Akai
AR
Audio Technica
BSR
Crosley
Denon
Fisher
Fisher-Price
Goldring
Grado
Hard To Find
Hitachi
JVC
Kenwood
Marantz
Mitsubishi
Ortofon Hi Fi
Panasonic
Pfanstiehl
Pickering
Pioneer
Sanyo
Shure Hi Fi
Shure DJ
Sony
Stanton Hi Fi
Stanton DJ
Steel 78 Needles
Technics
Yamaha
Can't Find Yours?
Welcome to our record player needle and stylus page.

Finding the correct needle or stylus is easy.
See if the brand for your record player or stylus is listed to the left. click the link and follow the instructions on that specific record player needle page.

If all you have is your record player or turntable model, click the search page here KAB is an expert in researching older sets and we can find your needle.

KAB does not reccomend selecting a stylus based on a photo or picture. This method is to prone to error. Many needles and styli look very similar but are not interchangeable.
Try to get as much information as possible first.
Photo ID of your needle or stylus should be the last part of the process.

- Belt Measuring
- Phono Cartridges
- Phono Preamps
- Accessories
- DJ Straight Arm Dilemma

BRAND & MODEL TURNTABLE DRIVE BELTS TOP
DRIVE BELTS

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Match Price And Enter Below.

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LARGE DRIVE
BELTS
These larger belts fit a wide
				variety of vintage tables.
Actual dimensions 
FR27.3  is 27.30" X 3/16"
FRX35.1 is 35.31" X 3/16"  
FR30.0  is 29.56" X 3/16"
FR33.0  is 33.18" x 3/16"
FR37.5  is 37.5" X	5/16" 			

FR27.3
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FR37.5
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BRAND & MODEL TURNTABLE DRIVE BELTS TOP
AR

This is actually a Panasonic belt part SJY90080-3. And customer feedback has indicated this is a near perfect replacement with respect to size and tension for all models.
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BRAND & MODEL FLIP OVER STYLE NEEDLES TOP
FLIP OVER STYLE
(LP / 45)
All of our flip style needles are referenced to the standard Pfanstiehl part numbers. For example 274-DS77. If you have the Pfanstiehl part number, Click Here. If not, click the search button to the left.

SOUNDFLO STYLE

Plug in style complete cartridge and stylus. This is the Plug-in mono cartridge used in most Califones, Audiotronics, Hamiltons and Newcombs
Fisher-Price models 800,16,20,25; 3814 use 911-SS77
Fisher-Price model 835 uses 719-D7
S = SAPPHIRE, D = DIAMOND  

    
911-SS73 $22.95 Dual Sided 33-45/78 Sapphire 
911-S3   $26.95 Single Sided 78 RPM Saphire
719-D7   $13.95 Single Sided LP/45 Diamond      
719-D7
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BRAND & MODEL ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT NEEDLES TOP
MODERN
STYLI

(All Brands)
All of our original equipment needles are referenced to the standard Pfanstiehl part numbers. For example 629-D7. If you have the Pfanstiehl part number, Click Here. If not, click the search button to the left.

BRAND & MODEL 78 RPM & CUSTOM STYLI TOP
STANTON
PROFESSIONAL

(78 RPM)
Genuine Stanton Replacement Styli For 78 RPM.
       All Tips Are 2.7 Mil Spherical.
   MODEL      CARTRIDGE            PRICE
   D-5127    Also See Generic 4820-D3 below
   D-5127 (All 500's)              $49.00

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BRAND Stylus Size and Reccomendations  
STANTON
PROFESSIONAL

(Custom Application)
Custom Styli For Stanton 400/500 Cartridge
Made In UK By Expert Stylus Co.
   MODEL      BEST USE                 PRICE
D-2.3TE (Transcriptions & 78's)      $150
D-2.8TE (78 RPM 1945 - 1960)         $152
D-3.3TE (78 RPM 1930 - 1945)         $156


 
Back In stock as of April 2014
          
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GENERIC
78 RPM STYLI

Generic 78 3.0 mil diamond styli for Shure and Stanton 500
            MODEL       REPLACES       PRICE
4759-D3 SHURE M44      N44-3          $29
4760-D3 SHURE M75,70   N75-3          $29
4761-D3 SHURE M91,2,3  N93-3          $29
4766-D3 SHURE SC35     M95-3          $32
4767-D3 SHURE M95      M95-3          $29
4820-D3 STANTON 500    D5127          $27
4604-D3 PICKERING V-15 D1527          $29
ATN3600 AUDIO TECH.    AT3600         $25
901-D3    SANYO        MG09           $19
740-D3    SANYO        MG29,55        $27
4772-D3   SHURE        VN45-3         $59
4824-D3   STANTON      D680/681       $44(No Brush)
4822_D3   STANTON      D680/681       $49(WIth Brush)
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BRAND & MODEL STYLI FOR DJ AND BROADCAST APPLICATIONS   TOP
DJ
STYLI
For DJ Styli Visit The Specific Brand Page
Stanton DJ

Shure DJ
Ortofon DJ

What's On This Page? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Needles & Belts

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TOP INFO HELP
  • Are PRB belts as good as the factory original?
    It is impossible to confirm every brand, but comparisons we have done with Panasonic/Technics show the PRB parts to be every bit as good as the original in terms of dimensions and performance. They will fit properly and perform well.
  • When should I replace my turntable drive belt?
    Usually 3-5 years seems to be the average. Belts stretch with time. A belts worse enemy is being idle, so run the turntable occasionally, if you don't play records regularly. Also, check for signs of slow starting, this is usually caused by belt slip(the result of stretching). A belt stretched > 5% over its new length should be replaced.
  • Are belts difficult to replace?
    No. Typically, the belt is replaced by removing the platter. Turn the platter over. There should be an inner ring running around the platter. Place the belt around this inner ring; it should stay in place all by itself. Replace the platter. There should be a cut-out in the platter where the motor drive pulley shows through, get to this position, reach into the cut-out and pull the belt across and onto the pulley. Replace the turntable rubber mat.
  • When should I replace my needle?
    For sapphire every 100 hours, for diamond every 500 hours.
  • Is there a way for sure to know the stylus is worn?
    Microscopes can show wear, but by the time you can see wear on the stylus, that stylus has already done harm to your records. Studies have shown that the time function is a most reliable indicator of stylus wear. A good 30X pocket mocroscope will let you see dirt build up and also you can easily see if the stylus is chipped or cracked. The cantilever can also be examined this way too. If either show damage, the stylus should be replaced immediately.
  • How often should the stylus be cleaned?
    This depends on the condition of your records. If you keep your records clean and in sleeves, We reccomend using the Discwasher stylus cleaner ( with fluid ) before each listening session and a soft dry brushing before starting each side. If your records are not well kept, use the Discwasher brush with fluid after each side is finished and consider getting some kind of record cleaner.
  • Are generic needles as good as factory originals?
    Generic parts will fit properly and offer an economic alternative to the factory original. They don't claim to perform as well as the original nor will they neccessarily sound the same. There are many variables in stylus manufacturing that influence the final performance and sound. If you want to retain the original sound and performance, you should get the original replacement stylus.
  • What is the difference between LP and 78 needles?
    The difference is size. the 78 stylus is 4 times larger than the LP stylus. This is because the groove dimensions of the 78 disc are larger. if you place a LP stylus into a 78 groove, the needle will be resting on the bottom of the groove instead of tracing the groove wall. The result is lots of surface noise and little sound. Over the years I have seen many collectors accept this poor sound as simply the fault of the record! Using the right size stylus is always important.
  • If I have the Pfanstiehl Part Number, do I still need to get a quote?
    The entire Pfanstiehl parts database is now accessible right here. Part numbers, pricing and images. Click Here to go to Pfanstiehl Index.
  • What's the difference between hi fi and DJ styli?
    Hi Fi Styli are designed to track lightly giving good performance while being kind to your records.
    DJ styli are designed for rougher handling, back cueing and to stand up to the rigors of the club environment. For home use, Hi Fi styli will always give the best sound.
  • My Stanton Stylus is not listed. Is there are substitute?
    Click here for the Stanton interchangeablility list. There is a good chance there is a substitute.
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What's On This Page? INFORMATION
Needles & Belts
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BELTS
Our replacement belts are similar in every way to the factory original. Most turntable belts are of the flat variety though to a small degree, square and round cross-section belts are used too. KAB belts are made by PRB/Russell, perhaps the oldest supplier of replacement belts. Usually, we can match up a belt with the record player model number. But other times, the belt must be measured.
MEASURING BELTS
Hold between two pencils over a ruler. Do not stretch. Now, double the measurement and this is the length we need. Now, measure the width. Fill this info in on the SEARCH form and we will send you a replacement quote. Click Here For More Details
LIFETIME
A drive belt will last from 3 - 5 years. A good indicator for belt replacement is start up speed. As the belt wears and stretches, it will slip more at startup adding seconds to the original startup speed.

NEEDLES
Our Flip over style needles are popular with many stereo sets, especially older ones. The needle is often all that requires replacing to restore the sound of these older changers.
Take special note of the suffix, for it defines the jewel used for the stylus. D is diamond, S is Sapphire; 7 is for LP and a 3 is for 78. The 2 letters go with the 2 numbers that follow. For example, DS73 means a Diamond LP and Sapphire 78 .
These needles are made by Pfanstiehl, perhaps the oldest supplier of replacement styli. the 78 styli are actually custom made. Though we stock many of these custom parts already, they may require ordering which can add 5-7 days to the delivery of your needle.

Our original equipment styli are also supplied by Pfanstiehl* for brands such as JVC, Emerson, RCA, etc... If the part number has 4 digits and begins with a number 4, then it is a generic replacement. If it doesn't, then it is a factory original part.
Generic parts will fit properly and offer an economic alternative to the factory original. They don't claim to perform as well as the original nor will they neccessarily sound the same. There are many variables in stylus manufacturing that influence the final performance and sound. If you want to retain the original sound and performance, you should get the original replacement stylus.

* With the exception of Stanton, Pickering and Goldring of which we are a direct supplier.

Stanton Stylus Interchangeability? Click Here!

LIFETIME
The average life of a stylus is 500 hours for diamond and 100 hours for sapphire. Other reasons for replacement should include any visible damage to the tip or the slender cantilever the tip is attached to
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What's On This Page? HELP USING THIS PAGE
Needles & Belts

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The Index Pages have three main attributes:
  • The Control Bar which features the Subject and click on points for Page, Frequently Asked Questions, Additional Subject Information and the Help page your viewing now. Use the Control Bar to navigate through the Index.

  • The Search Button takes you to a data entry form. This will ask for pertinent info about you stereo and the current belt or needle you wish to replace. When you submit the form, we will review your information and make a reccomendation or ask for more info as required. Response is usually 24-48 hours. We regret that there are simply too many styles of needles and belts to provide a comprehensive listing. In the end, we beleive this approach has the best success record of providing the correct part the first time.

  • Buying A Belt, Needle or Stylus

    When you receive a quote from us, you will get a full part number and price. Needles use the Pfanstiehl part numbers. You can find them in the Pfanstiehl section. For Belts, just build the part number in the spaces provided, click FINISH, choose quantity and click Buy Now.

  • The MORE Button takes you to a full detailed page on that model.

  • The Shopping Cart Buttons SPACE Quantity, and Buy Now control your ordering activity. After you have built the part number and FINISHED the information; Select the Quantity and left click the Buy Now button to place the item in your cart. Left click the Show Cart button to see what you have purchased so far.
  • Java Script Errors
    The cart program uses very basic JavaScript 1.0 programming so most browsers(IE3 or newer) should perform well with it. If you should have trouble or receive error messages. Let us know about it. And for the time being, click here for the Manual Order Form.
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A D D E N D U M

GOLDRING AUDIOPHILE STYLI
Goldring styli feature the highest performing stylus profiles available at a reasonable cost. The stylus housing is one of the most rigid ever conceived in a replaceable design.
MODEL   COMPLIANCE     FORCE           PROFILE    TIP MASS   DIMENSIONS  
D152E      16        1.5-3 GRAMS      ELLIPTICAL  0.7  GRAM  0.3 X 0.7   
D06        24        1.25-2.25 GRAMS  ELLIPTICAL  0.45 GRAM  0.3 X 0.7   
D12GX      24        1.25-2.25 GRAMS  GYGER 3     0.45 GRAM  0.23 X 0.47 x 3.9   
D22GX      24        1.25-2.25 GRAMS  GYGER 2     0.45 GRAM  0.19 X 0.47 x 4.7  
D42GX      24        1.25-2.25 GRAMS  GYGER S     0.45 GRAM  0.19 X 0.59 x 4.7 

RETIP/EXCHANGE
When returning a cartridge for re-tip exchange. Click Buy Now and proceed to checkout.
fill in the form and use the "Print Receipt" button to print your receipt.
Send it along, properly insured, with you payment or credit card info.
A new cartridge will be sent back to you.
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STANTON 78 RPM STYLI
Stanton 78 RPM styli are very popular among pro's and collectors. They feature hi polished spherical diamond tips and a very rugged cantilever. The suspension is capable of tracking up to 7 grams. The higher tracking forces ensure high performance in all styles of tonearms.
Stanton chose a 2.7 mil size to enable the stylus to play below the common groove wear caused by 3.0 mil steel and sapphire styli of yesterday.
MODEL   COMPLIANCE     FORCE        PROFILE     DIMENSIONS COLOR                     
D5127      10        3-7 GRAMS      SPHERICAL   2.7 X 2.7  BLACK W/BLUE SQUARE       
D6827      10        3-7 GRAMS      SPHERICAL   2.7 X 2.7  BLACK W/BLUE MARKINGS     
D827       10        3-7 GRAMS      SPHERICAL   2.7 X 2.7  WHITE WITH SILVER MARKINGS

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CUSTOM APPLICATION STYLI BY EXPERT STYLUS (UK)
Serious collectors and professionals demand a wider variety of stylus sizes. Expert Stylus in the UK is the premeire maker of application specific styli.
KAB is pleased to have the opportunity to provide this line of custom styli designed to fit your Stanton 500 cartridge.

These styli feature custom ground and polished nude diamonds. They are fitted to to the latest Stanton stylus assembly; the D5100 AL II.
This stylus features a samarium cobalt magnet for 50% higher output. (Except 1.1C which is fitted to D50EMKII assembly for better tracking on mono LP's)
The drawing below depicts the typical 78 rpm groove and the riding point of the original 3 mil stylus. Note that the stylus contacts only a small part of the groove wall. As the stylus wears, its smooth radius turns to a flat edge and the wear point gets wider and wider. Custom styli will let you get above and below the wear points.
RECORD GROOVE DETAIL

MODEL   COMPLIANCE   FORCE       PROFILE   DIMENSIONS  COLOR                           
D1.1C       15       1-2 GRAMS     C       1.1 X 1.1   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING
D1.3TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       1.3 X .65   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING          
D1.5TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       1.5 X .75   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING
D2.0TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       2.0 X 1.0   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING          
D2.3TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       2.3 X 1.2   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING
D2.5TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       2.5 X 1.2   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING          
D2.8TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       2.8 X 1.4   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING          
D3.3TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       3.3 X 1.6   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKINGS          
D3.5E       10       2-5 GRAMS    FCR/E    3.5 X 1.7   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKINGS          
D3.7TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       3.7 X 1.8   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING
D4.0TE      10       2-5 GRAMS    TE       4.0 X 2.0   BLUE W/ BLACK MARKING
C = Spherical, TE = Truncated Elliptical
FCR/E = Elliptical W/ Full Conical Radius
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PICKERING HI - FI STYLI
Pickering Hi Fi Styli are designed for high quality playback of LP's and 45's while offering a good degree of ruggedness and stylus protection from rough handling. Styli are all hi polish diamonds.
 
MODEL         COMPLIANCE      FORCE        PROFILE     DIMENSIONS
E-Hi Fi         20         .75 - 1.5 GRS   ELLIPTICAL   0.4 X 0.7
E DJ            15          2 - 5 GRS      SPHERICAL    0.7 X 0.7






D-PD07C         10          3-7 GRAMS      SPHERICAL    0.7 X 0.7
D-1507-DJ       10          2-5 GRAMS      SPHERICAL    0.7 X 0.7
                                                                 
PICKERING    TO    STANTON      CROSS-OVER                       
CARTRIDGE          STYLUS       LISTING                          
 XV15/625E          D6800 Hi-Fi                                    
XSV3000            D81 IIS                                       
XSV5000            D81 IIS(Stereo Use Only, Not Quad)            

Stanton and Pickering have always used compatible cartridge bodies within model series.
Match your cartridge to the Stanton stylus on the right.
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REPLACING A TURNTABLE BELT
Belt Drive
   There are 2 kinds of belt drive. dual platter designs and single platter designs. In the dual platter design the 2 parts are the drive or inner platter and the top platter. The drive platter is permanently part of the turntable body. The drive belt runs around this platter and the motor pulley.
   In a single platter design, there must be a way to contain the belt when installing the platter. If you look under the platter, you will see an inner ring running around the middle third of the platter.
Replacing The Belt
Over time the belt will stretch and start to slip. This causes long startup times and produces unstable pitch.

Many times, KAB can provide your belt replacement by researching your turntable model number.
Sometimes however, a model may not be traceable. In these instances, you will have to measure the old belt.

Here's How:
Remove the platter and remove the belt. Measure the belt as shown by holding it between two pencils against a ruler. Double this measurement and record it as the belt length.
Now, measure the belt width and record the value.
With this info, KAB can usually provide a replacement.

When the belt is completely missing and we cannot trace your model number, you'll need to make some measurements.

Here's How:
In a single platter design, remove the platter, flip it over, and measure the diameter of the inner ring, described above. Record this value
Also measure the inside diameter of the motor drive pulley between it's two flanges. Record this value.
With this info, KAB can usually provide a replacement.

In a two piece platter design, use a piece of string to trace the path of the belt. Record the string length.
Also measure the inside diameter of the motor drive pulley between it's two flanges. Record this value.
With this info, KAB can usually provide a replacement.


Use the search button here to send us your data.
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GENERIC 78 RPM STYLI
Generic styli offer an economical alternative to factory original styli. In many cases, this is all that is available due to manufacturing obsolescence or any number of reasons oweing mainly to the shrinking demand for styli in general.
These styli should be used with a tracking force of 3 grams maximum. They feature diamond 3.0 mil spherical profiles. They will not likely sound like the factory original, we don't claim that they will. They will fit the cartridge properly, and make reasonably good sound. If you want the factory original sound, you have to get the factory original stylus!
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