Play Mate digital record play counter and timer

Figuring out when a stylus or cartridge needs changing depends on many things. Condition of record, how well your system is set up and how may hours use it has had.

PlayMate counter timer
PlayMate counter timer

Recording needle time is a useful thing to do then, but precision of 10th of a second isn’t really necessary. So why did I create this fancy automatic digital play counter called the “Play Mate”? Continue reading “Play Mate digital record play counter and timer”

Changing a TP4 / P-Mount Cartridge for an AT85EP

Now that my Technics direct drive turntable it is permanently installed in a system it’s going to get regular use. The stylus has gaps in it’s known history, so I’m going to change it, just to be safe.

Existing P-Mount Cartridge
Existing P-Mount Cartridge

It is fitted with a P-Mount cartridge, which I’m also going to change. In theory changing such a cartridge should be a 5 minute job. I’m going to take measurements as I go along, so it may take a little longer.

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