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If the music being played on your direct-drive turntable does not sound as clear as usual, the needle and cartridge might need to be replaced. This guide can be used to illustrate and explain how the needle and cartridge replacement can be done at home. A needle and cartridge which are not in need of replacement will allow music to sound crisp and clear with no sounds of static. However, if this is not the case for the music being played on your direct-drive turntable, it is likely that the needle is worn. Furthermore, if you notice that the cartridge is touching the vinyl record you are playing, this indicates that the needle is also worn and must be changed.

Before consulting this guide, double check that there is not dust on your needle, since an accumulation of dust on the needle can also lead to the music sounding distorted. If there is no dust on the needle and sound has not returned to normal quality, this guide should be used and a replacement should be done on the cartridge and needle. Continuing to play vinyl record with an old needle and cartridge will result in scratches and bumps on the surface of your records, which can result in lasting damage to the record. Before beginning the replacement, ensure that you disconnect the direct-drive turntable from the power source.

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  1. Check the needle and cartridge to see if they need to be replaced.
    • Check the needle and cartridge to see if they need to be replaced.

    • If the cartridge is touching your vinyl, it must be replaced.

    • Additionally, if you can hear scraping when playing the record, or if you see new scratch marks on the vinyl, it is time to change the cartridge and needle.

  2. Manually unscrew the bulb on the tone arm from the headshell. Pull out the headshell once it is completely unscrewed from the tone arm. Pull out the headshell once it is completely unscrewed from the tone arm.
    • Manually unscrew the bulb on the tone arm from the headshell.

    • Pull out the headshell once it is completely unscrewed from the tone arm.

  3. Use a 2.5 mm flathead screwdriver to remove both screws from the headshell. Use a 2.5 mm flathead screwdriver to remove both screws from the headshell. Use a 2.5 mm flathead screwdriver to remove both screws from the headshell.
    • Use a 2.5 mm flathead screwdriver to remove both screws from the headshell.

  4. Gently pull the four wires out from the back of the cartridge. Gently pull the four wires out from the back of the cartridge.
    • Gently pull the four wires out from the back of the cartridge.

  5. Pull the needle off of the new cartridge to ensure it does not get damaged during installation. Pull the needle off of the new cartridge to ensure it does not get damaged during installation.
    • Pull the needle off of the new cartridge to ensure it does not get damaged during installation.

  6. Connect the wires on the headshell to the new cartridge by matching the colors of the wires to the pins on the cartridge. Place the headshell back onto the cartridge, being sure to line up the holes for the screws. Place the screws back into the holes connecting the headshell and the new cartridge.
    • Connect the wires on the headshell to the new cartridge by matching the colors of the wires to the pins on the cartridge.

    • Place the headshell back onto the cartridge, being sure to line up the holes for the screws.

    • Place the screws back into the holes connecting the headshell and the new cartridge.

  7. Screw the screws in using a 2.5 mm flathead screwdriver. Ensure the headshell is securely attached to the cartridge. Slide the new needle back onto the cartridge. Slide the new needle back onto the cartridge.
    • Screw the screws in using a 2.5 mm flathead screwdriver. Ensure the headshell is securely attached to the cartridge.

    • Slide the new needle back onto the cartridge.

  8. Attach the headshell to the tone arm and screw the headshell in from the tip of the tone arm. Ensure that the headshell is secured in the tone arm and that there is no movement in the headshell when connected to the tone arm. Ensure that the headshell is secured in the tone arm and that there is no movement in the headshell when connected to the tone arm.
    • Attach the headshell to the tone arm and screw the headshell in from the tip of the tone arm.

    • Ensure that the headshell is secured in the tone arm and that there is no movement in the headshell when connected to the tone arm.

  9. Place the needle onto a vinyl record and ensure that only the tip of the needle is touching the record and not the cartridge.
    • Place the needle onto a vinyl record and ensure that only the tip of the needle is touching the record and not the cartridge.

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