Whether you seek a new cartridge, belt, preamp or needle (aka stylus) or are not sure what you need, one thing is certain; your local music shop stands almost no chance of easing your search. We found just one place online that not only had these items but had a posted warranty, toll-free number, live chat and electronics technician on staff.Speaking with Steve Winokur from turntableneedles, we can understand why the site has become a Mecca for all who wish to restore their equipment.
In this Q&A session, let's explore more about what they do and how they help people with their turntable needs:Tell us more about your company, why you started it:"We used to be a consumer electronics repair facility in the 1990's," details Steve. "TV, camcorder, VCR, CD, stereo, and even a few turntables can in for repair. We started operations in 1992. For the 1st several years I don't remember anyone coming in for a turntable belt save a few turntables a year that needed repair. Then, in the late 1990's, local walk-ins started coming in about once a month. They wanted a belt for their turntable!
After several months, Cord End Terminals I launched the site. After several more months I grossed enough to pay my rent on the repair facility and this made things very exciting to say the least. It was only natural to try my hand at selling needles. Over the past decade, countless 1000's of hours have been poured into making the difficult task of finding the right needle as easy as possible for the consumer.
At this time in history, millions of people still have the music of their youth just sitting around. Many are realizing that for the price of a CD or two or three, they can get their turntable back up and running with a new belt and needle and be able to listen to dozens of albums that they likely already love. There's no risk of paying $18.99 and only getting one good song on a CD. What a great way to forget the troubles of life for an hour. Real music once again.
But beware the two stumbling blocks:A) Often there is no part number on the needle or cartridge (or it may be hidden under the headshell on top of the cartridge).B) The part number in the owner's manual is still valid ONLY if the cartridge has never been changed!"Tell me more about your search feature; is this a database that you wrote?"Yes.
We've gleaned info from numerous old out of print books. Scanned the info into optical recognition software and then proofread every single result of which there are well over 100,000 cross references. At turntableneedles, "Find My Player" is our flagship search tool and is an innovative search window that takes you straight to the parts you seek.
"We constantly work behind the scenes to improve our site. We just added several hundred more ceramic cartridges and idler wheels to our site. We specialize more in obsolete, impossible to find needles and ceramic cartridges, more so than say current production DJ needles," said Steve.
At the above link you will find dozens of stories written by verified customers."So, bring out those old turntables and join in with the vinyl revival. The sound of your music will be better and your listening experience much more enjoyable. While you're at it, share the great sound with someone caught up in the digital age, they will find a sound that their ears have been missing all along.
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