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 National Panasonic SG-1010 Tracking force
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 6:06:01 PM on 14 September 2021.
Tyson's Gravatar
 Location: Gippsland, VIC
 Member since 2 February 2019
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Recently I replaced the original cartridge on my National Panasonic SG-1010 from the original to one of those generic Jaycar ceramic ones they sell in a pack of 2 because although the cartridge was alive, the needle was damaged. Prior to this I measured the tracking force and it was 6.7 grams. After replacing it I measured the tracking force with a small ebay special pocket scale and it measures at 6.6 grams.

Is this normal for this type of turntable and will it damage my records if I just leave it as is. Is there a way to reduce it to something lower?


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 8:57:07 PM on 16 September 2021.
Ian Robertson's Gravatar
 Location: Belrose, NSW
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5 or 6 grams is needed for most ceramic cartridges because they don't have the compliance of a magnetic.

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