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News from V-M Audio Enthusiasts

The largest cartridge buy in years sums up this months news, you will find many older crystal and ceramic cartridges have been added or restocked on the Cartridges page. Many more types are available by emailing your request, as it is not possible to put the entire inventory up on the website. These are for people wanting to restore and enjoy classic equipment for what it is. If you want to play records made since the late 70s, a record player with a low friction tone arm suspension and magnetic cartridge is advised.

This month, a trip way back in time and now there are needles for older set screw type cartridges and acoustic windup phonos! On the Needles/Styli page, use the Search by Specialty Category menu and find the new Set Screw, Conventional category. Highlight it and click GO. Popular 3 mil needles when sold out can be replaced by 2 mils and in fact, some prefer them as they track lower in the groove in a less worn out region of the record.

This month I must pass on the sad news that Helen Tenney Miller, wife of the late V-M Corporation President Victor Miller, has passed away. A stalwart friend of V-M Audio Enthusiasts, she died at home on January 19. All who knew her loving personality and optimistic spirit will miss her. January was very busy here and I hope to resume announcing new items next month.

Happy New Year! This month a couple of new needles. A replacment for the Audio Technica ATN-201P has been added to the 215 needle family, the 4215-D7. The Shure 760 family has received a new needle, the 4760-D6C, replacing the N75-C and others.

This month, two needles for AKG cartridges have been added, and the first of the new 864-DS73 needles have arrived! The 864's have a more compliant rubber coupling for improved record tracking. Reminder that default First Class Mail can be very slow this time of year. Select Priority Mail at checkout for more consistent, faster delivery. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season from VMAE!

The V-M equipment display at Sound Conference III in Detroit was a huge success, my thanks to David, Reggie and Carleton! Since its been so busy there is nothing new this month so a couple reminders coming into the holidays. Email response may be a little longer than usual and phone will go to voice mail during peak hours. Everyone will get a response, check your junk email. Large orders flying in after closing may not ship until the day after. Finally, I cannot ship overnight, so order early. Priority Mail is the fastest option offered, select it at checkout before paying.

A replacement for the Excel QD-700C cartridge has been added this month on the Cartridge page, Search by Cartridge Brand Excel. There will be no shipouts on Saturday, October 15. See you at the Detroit Sound Conservancy's Sound Conference III in Detroit! The sale on 864 and 793 needles will continue this month while supplies last.

Overstock sale! Two popular needles, while supplies last. The 793-D7 needle for the popular P188 and P190 cartridges is now $2.00. The 864-SS77 needle for the P132/P226/P228 Varco replacement cartridges is now 75 cents! Product will be bulk packed, prices good while supplies last. On Needles/Styli page, Search by Pfanstiehl Part number and type in the base part number 793 or 864 to be taken directly to the needle family where the sale part can be ordered.

New flat belt sizes (FRSP numbers), some hard to find Audio Technica and Nagaoka needles, and some cartridges have been added recently. In the cartridge category, the EV54 RCA (in phase) cartridge, the EV274 BSR-C1 cartridge, and a high output 2.2 volt half inch mount crystal cartridge, EV5344 (BSR), have all been added. Use the search menus to find all the new products on their respective category pages.

Announcing a more versatile round pin cartridge wire clip that may eliminate soldering! The VM 17992 Combo-clip can be soldered to tone arm wires as usual Ė or used as an adapter clip that will accept the flat blade clips on tone arm wires in phonos where Sonotone and other older flat blade style cartridges are being replaced. Now on the Cartridge Installation Parts page, Search by Specialty Category = Cartridge Clip. Remember when you buy any round pin ceramic cartridge here, it will come with clips, even though cartridge suppliers are no longer providing them! Over time, our round pin cartridges will phase in usage of the nw Combo-clips. They can be requested starting now on all round pin cartridge sales to meet your immediate needs.

The new Pfanstiehl tape head and tool demagnatizer is now available. Click on Tape Recorder Accessories and Search on Tape Generic Acc to find the DM-1. More Shure original needles have been added (756 to 764 needle families), with more to come in the future. As always, supply is limited on these.

A magnetic cartridge hardware pack from Pfanstiehl is now offered on the Cartridge Installation Parts page. Search by Specialty Category and select Hardware and the HP-1 hardware pack will appear. Also, genuine Audio Technica ATN 120E needles are back in stock, the 208 family our part 208-DE. Other aftermarket magnetic replacements for name brand needles have also been added, some in limited supply.

Pfanstiehl has changed sourcing of the P188 ceramic cartridges. Stock is now coming in from Japan and will be genuine Chuo Denshi. Build quality and needle fit has improved but prices will rise on these as the new product is phased in over the next several months. P188 has converted over but will stay at the same price while special introductory price quantities last. The P188BR with standard bracket is the new P190. The old P190 with tall bracket is now P190TALL. The K45A kit for the 45 players will also rise in price once the introductory pricing period ends.

New needles have been added to the website. In the 608 family, the 4608-DEX from EVG is a brand new hyperelliptical replacement for the Pickering D4500Q. Pfanstiehl has released 3 new Philips needles Ė in the 595 family there is now an elliptical replacement for the D58-59 (GP401cartridge) and the new 597 family contains a conical replacement for the D65 (GP400II), and an elliptical replacement for the D67 (GP412E).

Happy New Year! I would like to welcome all new idler wheel customers from Vintage Electronics! Effective January 1, Ed Crockett of Vintage Electronics has turned over the idler wheel rebuilding business to V-M Audio Enthusiasts. Ed will continue in business and focus on needles and cartridges. In 2016 V-MAE will continue to focus on supply issues, finding or making replacements for parts that are no longer available.

Numerous requests for the cartridge retainer for RCA floating cartridges can now be satisfied! A 3-D printed reproduction is now available on the Cartridge Installation Parts page. Search by Specialty Category and select Cartridge Retainer. Click on RCA115327. Also new this month the Pfanstiehl MG-09D-LB, the LB stands for Less Bracket. For newer reproduction phonos with snap mount. It may also be useful for vintage audio enthusiasts looking to custom fit a magnetic cartridge into a small, thin headshell. See it on the Cartridge page, Search by Cartridge Brand, Chuo Denshi.

A small quantity of Stanton D70E needles are now available on the Needles/Styli page, Search by Cartridge Brand = Stanton. Click on the 826 family; itís the 826-DEG. This needle will fit the L700E and L720E p-mount cartridges.

New this month are two new accessories from Pfanstiehl. The CA-1 cartridge alignment protractor helps you align your magnetic cartridge for offset and overhang. See the Phono Accessories page (Measurement Acc search). Also available is a straight arm headshell with leads for ADC type arms, see the Cartridge Installation Parts page (Headshell search). It is the HS-3B. A reminder that magnetic cartridges mounted on headshells are also available on the Cartridge page (Search by Specialty Category = Magnetic Cartridge with Headshell).

Lately, some customers have been surprised to learn that V-MAE carries tape recorder parts. Yes, the left menu has a tape recorder section below phono. For the classic recorders of all brands have wheels, pressure rollers, and rubber belts. Fabric takeup belts for brands other than V-M must be made, email for suggestions how you can do that. For 70's and 80's reel, pressure rollers may require a custom rebuild of your old roller as these parts were not offered on the aftermarket. For V-M tape recorders, a nearly complete line of parts is available by inquiry. New heads can really improve the fidelity in many cases and then you'll see how amazing these can sound.

More ceramic cartridges, both new additions and restocked favorites, have made their way online this month! New additions include the Astatic 153 and 157 series. The 157RD with its spring loaded mounting bracket, could be used (with some work) in mid-60ís RCA models to replace sprung cartridges that are no longer available. The EV106VDB and Astatic 17D also make their debut and the EV26D, and Astatic 710 (Euphonics) cartridges are once again available. Please remember during checkout to check your Ship To address and decide on shipping method (First Class or Prioirity in US) before purchasing. If you have questions, please ask before buying!

Launching this month to make finding the right needle easier, is the new Search by Phono Brand option on the Needles/Styli page. This feature will bring up all needle families that are known to have been used with the record player brand selected. Some name brand magnetic cartridge needles have many choices, so continue to look at the tracking force information and suffix of the part number to make a good choice. If you need more help, Contact Us with make, model and as much info on the cartridge or needle as you can find.

Popular obsolete cartridges are selling out everywhere and the need to improvise is increasing. New this month is a cartridge substitution web page. Click on the Cartridge page and then on Cartridge Substitution Help! in the text for information and examples on how to make modern available cartridges work in most cases. A reminder that V-MAE has many less popular obsolete cartridges in stock; these are not shown on the website (please inquire). A second new page explains the needle part number system and its history. Click on Needles/Sylii page and then click on the link in the text to access this informative page.

The EV Tetrad cartridge lineup announced in January has changed for the better. The EV5632 series has been created, each with a different mount. A universal replacement (EV5632-Uni) version without a mount is available for use in a Tetrad headshell. See Cartridges page, Search by Cartridge Brand and select Tetrad and GO. These will increasingly be recommended to replace other brands of cartridges that are no longer available. Their compact design and range of output voltage affords flexibility. Also this month, some hard to find Empire needles have been added on the Needles/Stylii page. Empire can now be searched as a brand, as well as the original name, Audio Empire.

More hard to find idler wheels have been added this month for Lenco, Panasonic, RCA, Thomson, Thorens, and other brands. Jukebox wheels have also been added. Use the Search by Specialty Category menu on the Phono Wheels and Turrets page to bring all the jukebox wheels up at once. All the recently added wheels require mail in of old part and rebuilt stock is limited so there may be a delay in shipping if wheels are out for rebuilding. Always looking to buy used idler wheels with good hubs for rebuilding to strengthen and expand supplies.

Let's discuss the Varco replacement cartridges sold as P132, P226, P228, EV5126, EV5208 and other numbers. These are important current production cartridges with flip needles that replace a wide range of stereo and mono cartridges. I learned that these products all contain the same cartridge. The voltage ratings attached to the various listings (P132, P226, etc) pertained to the originals, not the current replacements . To set the record straight, I have revised all listings to show 0.5v and 4-8g tracking, to reflect the cartridge that you are actually buying, and so this website will no longer match catalog data or other website's listings. Order the P228 for replacing a monaural cartridge, as we add a tone arm wire snippet for making jumpers.

Fresh motor mounts are very important for quiet operation of your record player. Announcing a new, retooled lineup for Garrard, Magnavox, Webcor and other models. Our M1 and M2 mounts are all new and carry a new lower price! Visit the Phono Motor Mounts page. Mounts are designed by V-M Audio Enthusiasts and manufactured in USA from a premium vibration absorbing rubber. Also, in the Grommets section, the 25P558 grommet for Webcor tone arm hinges has been added. Remember, there are no references for motor mounts so use the measurements provided to determine suitability in your application.

New this month - Magnetic cartridge and headshell assemblies for most 70s and 80s turntables. Offerings are from Pfanstiehl and ADC! Both feature premium, durable and attractive headshells. See them on the Cartridges page, Search by Cartridge Brand or use the Search by Specialty Category menu and select Magnetic Cartridge with Headshell. The ADC cartridge and headshell is new old stock, while supplies last.

Cartridge knobs have been added to the Cartridge Installation Parts page. There are two new entries in the search menu. One is for GE and Zenith cartridge knobs, and the other is for turnover style cartridge knobs. As always, contact us if you are not sure what part you need for your record player.

Our value line of magnetic cartridges has changed as a result of recent announcements by Pfanstiehl. The MG29 and MG29E have been replaced by the MG09D and the MG09DE models. These cartridges are higher quality than the ones they replace and yet still reasonably priced. New round belts have been added - OB18.9, OB22.7, OB30.6 and OB27.4. A conical replacement for the Shure VN4-78E has been added (4772-D3) to the 772 family of needles on the Needles/Stylii page.

The 78 rpm Needle Genie stopped by V-MAE, and granted our wish for more 3-mil tipped magnetic cartridge needles! For Ortofon, Shure and Stanton. On the Needles/Stylii page, check out new offerings in the 541, 757, 764, 822 and 824 needle families.

Five larger sizes of round belts have been added to our selection. Some of the 60's thru 80's open reel tape recorders need these sizes. The OA16.4 has been added, and offerings in the OB class now extend to OB25.8. These are available from both the Tape Recorder Belts and Phono Belts pages. Use the Search by Specialty Category menu and select Round Belts and GO. The Belt Measurement Help! page explains how to measure your old belt and don't forget to multiply the IC measurement by .95, even if using the string method!

This month, more needles have been put up on the website, with more to come in the future! Click on the Needles/Stylii link and use the Search by Specialty Category menu. Select Hard to Find and click GO. Most of these are for 70's era players by Aiwa, Dennon, Hitachi, Kenwood, Sony, and the like.

The new Pfanstiehl SPG stylus gauge is now available! On the Phono Accessories page, search on Measurement Acc to find it. Please note - on June 1, most idler wheel and pressure roller prices will rise to $28.

The new Pfanstiehl MG09D magnetic cartridge has been added to the Cartridges page. This is made by Chuo Denshi in Japan and offers outstanding quality at a modest price. Also available while supplies last is the ADC QLM30 Mk III stereo cartridge. This new old stock model is suitable for semi and fully automatic record changers.

For the new year, new offerings! The V-M Turntable Mats and More page is now up. Platter mats and trim rings for Voice of Music, Zenith, Motorola, Philco and other brands with V-M made changers. Also sensor parts and turntable retainers and bearings. Contact us if you need help determining the correct mat for your model.

Wheels, turrets, rollers! Added some hard to find parts and made many changes to status of existing parts. Many no longer require mail in of old part, lowering your cost and making ordering more convenient. Many popular wheels now have an option to purchase without mail in of old part. Read the part description - it says clearly if old part must be mailed in or not. As always, check with me before buying if not sure which part is correct and check ID and OD measurements provided. Don't rely on the pictures alone!

A new cartridge kit (KCCC) has been added to replace cartridges with output in the 1.3 to 2 volt range on older 78 rpm only record players. See it on the Cartridges page. Scroll down to Cartridge Kits menu and click on 78 rpm category.

Tone arm rest posts for record changers made by V-M for all brands of record players. These are on the Other V-M Phono Parts page, available on the Search by Specialty Category menu. Many rests posts look alike so be sure to email the V-M model number of your changer and I will identify what part you need. See the Do I have a V-M? web page on the left menu to learn how to identify the V-M model number of your changer.

The new Pfanstiehl P411 Tetrad universal replacement joins the P409 on the Cartridges page. NOTE! All modern Tetrads no matter what brand or where bought, require a new wire harness as the new replacements are made differently than original Tetrads. All of our Pfanstiehl Tetrad replacements now include a new wire harness and instructions at no increase in price. In addition, the new Tetrad compatible wire harness, part TA-W-Tet, has been added on the Cartridge Installation Parts page, Search by Specialty Category, Tone Arm Wire for separate purchase if needed.

A reminder that when looking for a 45 rpm adapter, it may be beneficial to look at the Center Post Spindles page first. If you can identify the centerpost on your model from the pictures, the listing info will also say which 45 adapter fits that spindle (where known).

Turntable retainers and needle protectors are now available for self order on the Other V-M Phono Parts page. These parts may fit other brands as well. The new MG-55C and P191 cartridges announced in March are now in stock!

This month, more 45 adapters have been added to the 45 rpm Adapters page. Crosley has discontinued the 45 adapter for their repro changers, but I have one that works and its very reasonalbly priced! Search by Brand = Crosley. Some idler wheels where there is ample stock can now be ordered without trade in for a higher price. The listing will show two idler wheel selections if a no trade in sale is offered.

Happy New Year! The big news here is still our new belt menus, but plans for putting up more parts on the website are progressing, so check back often. The US Post Office is raising parcel shipping rates on January 23 rather substantially. After years of absorbing these increases, we will have to raise our shipping and handling rates at this time.

BELTS! Over 700 sizes are now on our menus! V-M Audio Enthusiasts presents them in a compact listing by type and size for the "do it yourself" person. The Phono Belts and Tape Recorder Belts pages have both been updated with new Search features. Each main page also has a link to the Belt Measurement Help! page to help you figure out what you need. Contact us with the make and model number - if references exist, we will advise. Remember, put us on your safe senders list before emailing. If you do not see a reply soon after, call. Look for more products to be made available for self order in 2012!

More RCA 45 player goodies! Two different styles of reproduction feet are now available replacing RCA 31051 and RCA 76787 on the V-M and RCA 45 Player Parts page. Also now in stock, the idler wheel for the car 45 players. Go to the Phono Wheels and Turrets page, Search by Specialty Category = 45 RPM, and look for the RCA 108394 wheel.

Shure cartridges! Both current and vintage models, along with the new Pfanstiehl MG-29P economy p mount cartridge! Also added 3 more tone arm wire assemblies, a Silvertone 45 adapter, and a Philco idler wheel in this update. Our friends at the Tube Radio Forum have just added a Tutorial and Electronic Tips forum, in addition to their phonograph discussion group.

More cartridges! Over 80 vintage phono Cartridges have been added to the menus for self-order. Use the Search by Specialty Category menu to find cartridges by voltage range! Search by Cartridge Brand to find all cartridges by a specific maker. This selection is more complete than Search by Phono Brand. The entire cartridge inventory is still not online so as always, Contact Us if you don't see what you are looking for. Remember to check out the cartridge kits as well!

Check out the new product page on our left menu for the buyer salvaging a vintage record changer or turntable from another phono for standalone use. Itís the Turntable AC and Sound Cords page featuring AC power cords with plugs to fit the recepticles on V-M, BSR, and other popular record players. Donít have a recepticle? There is also a socket kit to add one!

The record changer center posts and manual player stub spindles are now on menus! Search by record player brand on the revised Center Post Spindles page. After searching, click on the pic to see the specifications, including the 45 adapter that would fit the pictured center post, if known.

Introducing the KMGVX2 cartridge kit to replace EV26 and Euphonics cartridges mounted on a metal bracket for Magnavox models. See it on the Cartridges page. Scroll down to Cartridge Kits and select Magnavox Bracket from the search menu and click Go! Requires that you have the old cartridge metal bracket to mount the replacement on.

The NEW Pfanstiehl P51 is here! Features new cartridge body with wider mounting flange, "low silhouette" design and conventional round pins. Go to the Cartridges page and Search by Specialty Category 45 rpm or Jukebox for a picture and prices.

Now available! Idler wheel tire for Panasonic SFM1915A03 plastic idler wheel (tire is part 1407-13T). Also added, the 1499-47A idler wheel for Elac models with variable speed control. Go to the Phono Wheels and Turrets page and Search by Brand to find these offerings. The complete Panasonic idler wheel assembly will continue to be available.

NEW products - Pfanstiehl 213-SE needle (genuine Audio Technica) for AT-311EP cartridge. 4213-HE is a generic hyperelliptical upgrade for all cartridges using 213 family needles. Generic hyperelliptical replacement 4771-DHE replacing Shure N97XE, N97HE is also now available! Search Needle by Cartridge Brand on our Needles/Stylii page to find these new needles.

Now on the Cartridges page! Plug-in needle cartridges - our entire selection! Search by Specialty Category "Plug-in Needle/Cartridge" and click on the picture of interest. Donít forget to check out our cartridge kit selections!

Looking for a 78 rpm cartridge replacement with double the needle life? Use the new Cartridge Kit menu on the Cartridges page and select search item "78 rpm" to bring up the KCC-B cartridge kit. Comes with a variety of mounting hardware to make installing easier!

Just arrived - custom molded chassis cones for RCA 45 players! Cartridge kits for the 45 players also available on line. Click on V-M & RCA 45 Player Parts to access these parts. All cartridge kits offered are now available on the Cartridges page.

Now in stock. Pressure roller for Revere tape recorders - Aftermarket part 1488-06. All aftermarket part numbers of rollers, wheels, and turrets are now available as new old stock (where good), or rebuilt with new rubber.

New! Crescent Model 445 stacking adapter for 45 rpm records in gold with maroon cap added to 45 adapters. Click on 45 rpm Adapters and Search by Brand on Crescent. Click on 425-S to see description of color choices (new part added is 425-S2).

The menus for most commonly needed products are at left. Choose a search and then click on the picture of the item of interest for details. Please Contact Us if you don't see what you need. Clicking on the picture again on the detail page will bring up a larger picture.

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