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 Post subject: Voice of Music KCCA Kit
PostPosted: Dec Fri 30, 2016 3:34 am 
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Hello All,

I am restoring an RCA SHF-7 with the RS-164A amplifier for my daughter, and I need to replace the Astatic 81TX cartridge that is currently installed.

I expect that she will play it fairly often and that she will be playing both 78s and LPs. So I would like to replace the cart with something that will allow her to get a new stylus relatively easily when needed.

I am considering the KCCA Kit over at Voice of Music, which includes a Pfanstiehl P-228 cartridge and all the mounting hardware. My concern is that the output of the P-228 is 0.5 V while the output of the 81TX is 1 V. I know that the RS-164A is a good amplifier with Push-Pull 6V6s but how will it perform with half the input levels it is expecting?

Do any of you folks have experience driving this amplifier with the P-228 cart?

Is there another option that I should be considering?

Thanks,
Russ


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 Post subject: Re: Voice of Music KCCA Kit
PostPosted: Dec Fri 30, 2016 3:55 am 
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I used a P-228 when I restored my SHF-7 and it sounds amazing. The volume is more than adequate. Here is a link:

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 Post subject: Re: Voice of Music KCCA Kit
PostPosted: Dec Fri 30, 2016 4:03 pm 
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Thanks for the link pabilo21, after reading your thread I'm feeling a lot more confident.

After the electrical restore this SHF-7 sounds wonderful with the Astatic cartridge, but they are becoming rare as hens teeth. I couldn't find any with a diamond stylus. It's my hope that the P-228 will make it much easier to find replacement stylii.

I'll post back with results.

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Russ


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 Post subject: Re: Voice of Music KCCA Kit (Update - P-228 Cartridge)
PostPosted: Jan Sat 07, 2017 9:45 pm 
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When I contacted Gary at Voice of Music, he advised that I only needed the cartridge and that ordering the kit was unnecessary. I installed a P-228 cart today. I am happy to report that it sounds very nice. There was of course some reduction in volume, but there is still MORE than enough to fill a room with the volume set at about 1/2 full. I am listening to it right now and my wife just asked me to turn it down a little. :lol:

Kudos to Gary, he was very helpful, and thanks to pabilo21 for the advice.

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Russ


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 Post subject: Re: Voice of Music KCCA Kit
PostPosted: Jan Sat 07, 2017 11:49 pm 
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If you checked it, what is the tracking weight with the new cartridge?


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 Post subject: Re: Voice of Music KCCA Kit
PostPosted: Jan Sun 08, 2017 12:19 am 
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I don't have a scale, unfortunately. If I keep playing with these phonographs I suppose I will need to get one.

Sorry,
Russ


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