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    Some information on cartridges and styli

    On a mono record the groove moves only side to side. Therefore the stylus in a mono cartridge only has to have sideways movement.
    For stereo the groove also move vertically so the stylus has to move from side to side and up and down.

    The terms for these movements are horizontal compliance for mono and vertical compliance for stereo
    If we were to play stereo record using a mono cartridge there would be no up and down movement and therefore the stylus would carve its way through the vinyl and eventually cause irreversible damage.

    At Dansette when we are replacing the cartridge we always fit wherever possible a new stereo cartridge. This covers all eventualities. Original cartridges are in very short supply.

    There is a trade off though as the stereo cartridge does not give as much output as the mono variety, most noticeable in a single valve amplifier
    So you may not rattle the windows at the 60s rave but at least your records will survive longer.

    Should you prefer mono then we can always fit this as an alternative. As a rough guide, records were being made in stereo from probably the mid 1960s or mid Beatles era.


15 Responses to Cartridges

  • Julie O'Hara wrote on March 31, 2014 at 3:56 // Reply

    Are you able to tell me – and supply – the appropriate stylus for a BSR X5H cartridge?

    • Mike wrote on December 9, 2014 at 1:30 // Reply

      sure, please look for a number on the arm of the stylus and let me know, thanks
      please email

    • Mike wrote on March 17, 2015 at 7:46 // Reply

      Hi Julie
      Yes we have those at £15 each posted. Call us on 0808 1 732673

  • Mavis Windows wrote on March 14, 2015 at 12:58 // Reply

    I have a Dansette Conquest record player
    Model 1025 (Garrard) and the stylus came away broken – I have since mislaid it so cannot ask you for a replacement. Please help as I have so many records I wish to play,.
    If you cannot help me then I shall have to look for a replacement player.
    Thank you

  • Iain wrote on March 26, 2015 at 9:16 // Reply

    Hi I have a passed down Dansette Tempo model. I’ve a problem with the arm that jumps on lots of new and old records that spoils the enjoyment of the vinyl ! I live in the west mids and was wondering if a service would fix the problem. If so could you give me an idea of cost please. The player means a lot as it was my dads.
    Many thanks Iain.

  • Andy wrote on May 24, 2015 at 5:58 // Reply

    Hi Iam trying to replace a cartridge BSR FUL-FI TC8H but I would like to change it to stereo, is there a compatible cartridge I could use and where I could purchase one?
    Andy & Julie

  • Victoria RIx wrote on June 2, 2015 at 5:17 // Reply

    Hello there!

    I have a Dansette “Bermuda” that DOESN’T have a cartridge fitted. Please advise if you have a compatible one in stock for this Dansette model and its price. Many thanks.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,


  • Daisy wrote on August 23, 2015 at 8:04 // Reply

    I have a Dansette Bermuda which is currently fitted with an Acos GP91-3SC mono cartridge. I was hoping to change it for a stereo cartridge but I was wondering whether there was a particular type that would be compatible?
    Thank you.

  • Kathryn Thompson wrote on February 26, 2016 at 2:46 // Reply

    hi I have a dansette record player not sure what model, it’s started smoking been told it’s the motor, do you sell motors

  • Ron Firth wrote on July 19, 2016 at 2:20 // Reply

    Hi i have a Dansette Monarch record player, i dont know what model it is and wondered if there was a way of sending you a video photos of it so you can help me find what it is.
    It is in working order but defo needs a service.

  • Rob wrote on December 28, 2016 at 8:31 // Reply

    I have a Cathty Mcgowan sponsored Dandette in reasobly good condition. It works in the sense that all the components function but sound quality isn’t great. Not sure whether it’s a worn stylus/cartridge issue or whether the control vol/tine dials need some attention. I sssume that because the model is from around 1965 and well before stero that the system is mono and therefore a mono stylus would be required.Can you help please. Rob

  • higgins electronics wrote on January 19, 2017 at 3:54 // Reply

    Could you supply us with a service sheet or a copy for our machine also we need a stylus. Our unit is a dansette conquest. I
    am an old 80 year old service engineer.
    Many thanks.

  • higgins electronics wrote on January 19, 2017 at 4:02 // Reply

    Could you supply us with service sheet or a copy for our Danstte Conquest. We also need a stylus, our machine has lain for 40yrs. I am sure electrolitic si needing done. I am an old 80 yearo tv+ service engineer, hope you can help
    Many thanks Dusty old signals tech.

  • peter merriman wrote on April 9, 2017 at 5:29 // Reply

    i have a portadyne record player with cartridge & stylus acos g.p.91-3sc 78rpm /LP, the stylus only fits one way,so i am assuming the 78 on fliparm should face upwards to play 78s & the LP likewise is that correct? many thanks if you can help, peter

  • michael green wrote on May 14, 2017 at 4:03 // Reply

    Hi,I have a dansette major deluxe and am looking for a cartridge and stylus for it can you tell what i need and can you supply.


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