The first time I heard music, it was on a record player. My father had bought me an old turntable, and we listened to records together in his study. He played classical music for me, but he also liked jazz, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funk, disco, pop… anything that sounded good. It wasn’t long before I started buying my own records – mostly 45s because they were cheaper than LPs (long-playing records). I still have most of them, although some are missing their covers.
I remember being fascinated by the way the needle moved across the surface of the record as the stylus followed the grooves etched into the disc. I loved how the sound changed as you turned the volume control knob. And then there was the smell! Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride, which has a distinctive chemical odor. Although it can be adapted after a while, at first it was quite overwhelming.
It was so enjoyable for me to listen to records that when I got older, I wanted one of my own. So I bought a secondhand portable record player, but it did not last long. The turntable broke down, and I was unable to find anyone who could fix it. I eventually gave up and started listening to CDs.
But in recent years, things have begun to change. Record stores are opening all over again, and more people are buying records. In fact, sales of vinyl albums are increasing. This might be partly due to the growing popularity of digital downloads, but it’s not only that. People like the idea of owning something tangible. They want to touch and hold the physical product. They want to know where it came from and what it means. They want to feel its weight and hear its unique sound.
Today, many people don’t even use CD players anymore. Instead, they listen to music through smartphones or tablets. But this doesn’t mean that they don’t appreciate the artistry behind the recording process. They do. They just prefer to enjoy it digitally rather than physically.
It might seem strange if you’re a vinyl lover that people replace needles on record players. But it’s true. Here are a few reasons why this might be necessary:
- Your record player needs fixing. Maybe your turntable isn’t working properly. Or maybe the arm mechanism has broken. If any part of the machine stops functioning, it will stop playing the record.
- You want to add new features to your record player. For example, you may want to connect it to speakers or a hi-fi system. Or perhaps you want to play two different types of record simultaneously.
- You want to improve the quality of your audio output. Perhaps you notice that the sound coming out of your speaker is too quiet. Or maybe the bass sounds weak.
In each case, you can fix these problems yourself. All you need to do is remove the cover plate from the front panel of your record player, take off the screws holding the main chassis in place, and then lift the whole thing away from the base. Then you can look inside and see what’s going wrong.
Because most record players are designed to be difficult to open, it may seem difficult at first. That’s because if you screw the cover plate tightly in place, it’s easier to prevent dust from getting inside the machine.
If you want to learn how to open your record player, please check out our guide here.
How To Change A Record Player Needle
Once you’ve removed the cover plate, you should also remove the screws holding the main body of the machine in place. These screws are usually located near the bottom of the unit. You may need to unscrew them by hand. If you try to pull them out with pliers, you risk damaging the plastic casing around the turntable.
Once you’ve removed both pieces of the machine, you can now get down to business. You’ll find that there are four screws holding the turntable in place. Remove them one at a time. Be careful when you’re doing this, as you don’t want the entire assembly to come crashing down onto the floor.
Now you can detach the arm mechanism from the turntable. To do this, simply push up on the metal bar that connects the two parts together. When you do so, you should feel some resistance. At this point, you can carefully slide the arm mechanism away from the turntable without causing damage.
The next step is to remove the cartridge. This is the round piece of plastic that sits directly above the spinning disc. To do this, you’ll first have to remove the top cover. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to remove the cartridge itself. Simply turn it over and gently pry it away from the turntables.
The last step is to clean everything up. Take a cotton bud and wipe all the dirt and debris away from the turntablist. And finally, put everything back together again. Make sure that you tighten all the screws firmly. And once you’ve finished, give your record player a good test run.
How To Change A Needle On A Record Player
If you want to add new features to your record player, you might want to connect it to a speaker system or a HiFi system. Or perhaps you just want to listen to two different records simultaneously, then we will show you how to replace needles on an old record player. The needle must be replaced for any reason, but there are many ways to do so. There are screwdrivers, for example, and special tools. It’s not hard to replace the needle in either case. So let’s get started!
Step 1: Disconnect the wires that connect the needle to the motor.
Step 2: Unscrew the screws that hold the needle in place.
Step 3: Pull the needle off the motor.
Step 4: Clean the area where the needle was attached.
Step 5: Put the new needle into position.
Step 6: Screw the screws back into place.
Step 7: Test the record player.
Step 8: Repeat steps 1-7 for each other side of the record player.
Let me know if you have any questions about replacing needles on a record player by leaving a comment. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.