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[ARSCLIST] Edison Amberola

A friend has recently inherited an Edison Amberola Model 50 cylinder player, along with a cabinet full of cylinders.

The machine works, but I wonder if it might sound better if she replaces the needle, which has probably been there since the machine was new. A quick visual examination lead me to think that it's seriously worn down.

Is there a source for replacement needles? Or would a new steel gramophone needle be the right choice? Is replacing the needle practical for a non-expert? Or should we just leave the thing alone? Any other recommended maintenance?

Obviously, this is purely for entertainment, and not for archival transfer to digital (if we find anything that's not in the UCSB catalog, we'll send the cylinder to them for transfer).

Thanks for any help.

John Ross

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