Originally Posted by tdogzthmn /img/forum/go_quote.gif Is there a way to tell if your record needle needs replacement aside from age? I am still somewhat of a vinyl newb and I dont want to cause any damage by using a needle that is past due.
Short of just chucking the thing. You could take it to a good audio store that has a microscope. Otherwise, don't take the chance in destroying your recordings. One play is all that that it takes.
It is a vinyl lover's nightmere. I had my needles damaged a few times (children; moving...)and it wasn't a good feeling. It doesn't help that I'm into moving coil cartridges which makes it more of a pain. I looked into getting my Goldring retipped and found out that it would cost over $500. I ended up buying a new cart.