When I was seriously involved with that the last time I was at a radio
On Friday 28 December 2012 01:38:20 Ralf Mardorf did opine:
> On Fri, 2012-12-28 at 15:56 +1300, Chris Bannister wrote:
The grey's were ok, rumble was nearly 65db down, but those Stantons,
tracking at about 6 grams, were eating 2 copies of Olivia Newton Johns
"Physical" a week. The needles were shot, resembling wood chisels under the
glass, cue burns and cut over grooves were a constant hazard, as was the
crappy sound from groove damage after 2 plays.
One of my first acts was a trip to the local shack where they were selling
the Shure RE15's for a bit over a $50 bill each. Carbon brush to clean the
grooves ahead of the elliptical needle, brush and needle total weight on
the scale was 1.5 grams. 3/4 for the brush, 3/4 for the needle.
I put the first one in and the difference was breathtaking, so I did the
other table too the same day. Cecil nearly had a cow till I walked him
into the control room to have a good listen in the monitors.
Last I heard about the cost, and we finished up the flight of Physical in
the top ten on the same copy of the record I had pulled off the shelf when
I put the 2nd cartridge in. We were able to drop our orders for the top
records by 80% or more & never ever heard a 'cue burn' again.
Records for radio stations are specially licensed and cost more, so that
nominally $105 1982 dollars for those two cartridges saved Cecil about
$10,000 a year. A bit hard for the part timers on the evening shifts to
get used to, but in two years they only managed to bend one needle and I
was able to straighten it as the microscope said it was still good.
Great cartridge in its day. With good preamps you could play one of Emory
Cooks "Command" records copy of Earthquakes and watch the AR-2 monitor
cones moving about 1/2" each way. You couldn't hear that much, but the
room was breathing. He had also gone to Trinidad to do some steel drums and
while there set a mic out the window one night & recorded about 20 minutes
worth of the local crickets at about 17 kilohertz. That cartridge had no
problems with those records, all of which were cut at 78 rpm. I don't
believe you could have had it better without an airplane ticket to go
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