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 Post subject: Vintage Gold 89T Question
PostPosted: Jan Sun 08, 2017 10:07 pm 
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Just acquired a Newcomb AVT-25 with a gold 89t cartridge which I believe is original but who knows for sure. I was assuming the LP stylus was sapphire but in reading one previous post the poster suggested that gold colored 89T's had a diamond stylus. With extreme magnification the stylus is still quite pointed and slightly pink. The 78 stylus is clear. Can anyone confirm that the gold color has a diamond stylus. And if so is it 1mil or 0.7 mil? The answer will determine if I buy another cartridge.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Gold 89T Question
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 6:11 am 
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I'd imagine it might be hard to say, as several different companies produced these in both black and gold. This includes off-brand carts made in the 1970s and 1980s. Does yours say "Astatic" on it? That is at least a sign of a not-off-brand.

I have a gold one that has no marking other than "Japan". Wonder what those tips were made of?


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Gold 89T Question
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 9:52 am 
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Gold 89T cartridges are definitely diamond LP tips.


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Gold 89T Question
PostPosted: Jan Mon 09, 2017 2:19 pm 
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Thanks for the information. My gold 89T does say Astatic and for what its worth there is some lettering that reads "926RR." I wonder if anyone knows what that means?


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 Post subject: Re: Vintage Gold 89T Question
PostPosted: Jan Fri 13, 2017 6:27 am 
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Probably some sort of production code. Many Astatic brand ones came with a date on them as well. I've seen as early as 1959 and as late as 1977.

I have an Astatic 89t with a plastic body that is florescent green in color. Never seen another like it. Are the needle tips made of kryptonite or something?


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