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Motorola cartridge
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:52:49 AM »
I have two Motorola stereos with the same VM 1200 series turntable/cartridge.  My understanding is that the cartridge is an Electro-Voice of unknown model. The one in my console is suffering from dried rubber suspension so I need to replace it.  I have looked on the VM website.  I believe I may be in trouble.  This thing looks unobtanium to me.  I assume it plugs in somehow, but I have not tinkered too much with it.  Do any of you turntable gurus have any idea what this cartridge is exactly?
I don't need Google.  My wife says she knows everything.


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Re: Motorola cartridge
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2017, 05:16:01 PM »
You already have the source for you answer at

Send Gary an email with record changer model and photo of
the cart in tonearm.
He'll know what to substitute.
It may be a tetrad, but without a photo of the cartridge and model #,
it's just guessing.


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Re: Motorola cartridge
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 09:00:21 PM »
Your only alternative may be to transplant a different tonearm from another VM1200 series and install a cartridge with similar performance.  The slender design restricts the options available.  Some variation of the 1970's Tetrad used on BSR changers *might* be able to be hacked into that original headshell, but it all depends on the way that it's constructed.

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Re: Motorola cartridge
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2018, 03:35:53 PM »
Id guess that is what preceded the "normal-sized" Sonotone 9t cartridges my 1963 and 64 Motorola and '64 Admiral consoles come with.
This is a kit for that as well.
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