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Username: Mythos05

Post Number: 1
Registered: Aug-12
I recently bought a Balfour RCD-4 record changer that's been mint in the box since it left the company in the mid 60's. It's meant to be installed into a cabinet console but I'm trying to convert it to a portable unit. The problem is, I'm not sure what the console would have provided it that I now need to provide. I've heard something about a preamp, but i'm not sure what all that does. Basically I could use any advice from those who know what they're doing. Appreciate it!

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

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Does the tonearm have a phono cartridge installed? If so, can you tell what type of cartidge is installed?
 

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Username: Mythos05

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It did not come with a cartridge but I tracked down a supplier who carries the right one for $35.
 

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

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OK, what cartridge is that? Is it a ceramic or a magnetic cartridge?
 

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Username: Mythos05

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I was told it is an AT3400. I've tried looking it up on several sites and can't find any info as to what it's construction is.
 

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Username: Jan_b_vigne

Dallas, TX

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Then you have a problem. A magnetic cartridge requires a step up phono pre ampliifer while a ceramic cartridge only requires a circuit to provide RIAA equalization. The type of table you have could use either. Does the cartridge have a flip over stylus? The type that plays 33 with the stylus in one position and 45/78 in the other?

Where did you buy the cartridge? Can't they be of some assistance?


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Username: Jan_b_vigne

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Why don't you try contacting this site; http://www.turntableneedles.com/Ceramic-Cartridges_c_24185.html
 

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