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Old 03-26-2013, 10:45 AM   #21
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I think you are far better off using a standard turntable with the proper cartridge/stylus and a USB Audio-Digital converter for your computer. Or just use your computer's sound input if you have a phono pre-amp, and feel that your computer's A/D converter is good enough.

Here's a link to a thread I started a while back, and some of the stuff I use:

Audio in the Digital Age ART USB Phono Plus: Computers & Accessories NuForce Icon uDAC-2 Black Digital Audio Converter: Electronics

+1. For my purposes, the A/D converter is good enough on my computer. And since I LBYM, my receiver is 14 years old and has the phone input by default.

My dad has one of those Crosley thingies. The device tries to do too much in my opinion. They have different models, and my dad's model had a pretty cheap turntable. So, it does a little bit of everything just OK.

I won't dis' the device too much, because it was perfect for my parents since it would play everything "good enough" for them. Dad has since become too impaired to operate it. Heck, I had a hard time figuring it out!

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Old 03-26-2013, 11:46 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the replies. So if I wanted to use my current turntable (about 25 years old and does not have 78 rpm setting) to transfer from 78 to my computer, I'd have to buy a 78rpm needle for my turntable and can use Audiocity to record it at either speed and it could "convert" to what it would sound like going at 78 rpm. Is that correct?
One more question, would I need to add weight to the needle to play 78s? It would seem that I'd have to add weight to make the needle stay on the track. The stylus on my turntable has a weight adjustment. If it needs more weight, I could always put a paper clip on the needle or something like that. Sound like a plan? Thanks again for all the replies.

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:47 PM   #23
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David. You got it! It will sound strange when you record it, but after some Audacity magic, you'll be up to 78. There's plenty of help on the subject if you search.

For my cartridge, the 78 needle says it should get 3 grams tracking. My regular LP is 1.25 grams. So, yeah, you'll want to adjust that too. Avoid paperclips if your tonearm has enough adjustment to do it the official way.

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