Post by ashleypodnar on Mar 23, 2018 19:27:42 GMT -6
8 years ago I inherited a beautiful Columbia Grafonola. I was getting ready to sell it because I’d never used it nor really wanted it and decided to see if it worked. I’ve never heard anything so beautiful! Needless to say, I am keeping it.
Can I use modern needles or must I use antique needles? It is a Columbia Grafonola Type F-2.
Well, you have to use steel needles that are made like the old ones, but you don't have to use actually old antique needles. If you search for "phonograph needles" or "victrola needles" on eBay you should get several results. Newly made needles are available in soft, medium and loud tone, for most rooms soft or medium tone should be loud enough. Most newly made needles cost around $3.50-5.00 for 100 needles. Needles should be used only for one play and then discarded. Worn needles will damage your records. Soft tone needles are thinner and more flexible and therefore easier on your records than the ticker loud tone needles. Correct needles are shaped like a pencil or chop stick. Don't use multi play needles, those were made for the later electric pickups and will damage your records as well. Enjoy your Grafonola. The F2 is a beautiful machine of good quality.
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