Playing Gramophones in Museums
It is great to see wind-up gramophones in museums being played for interested visitors. However it is very important that the demonstrators know about the steel needles they use.
Each steel needle can only play ONE record; and then it must be thrown away. The reason for this is that the records are designed to wear the needles to fit the shape of the groove and spread the weight of the soundbox. They wear to a V-shape.
After playing one record, the wear can be easily seen by twirling the needle in sun light.
If a used needle is put back into the soundbox, it will probably be put in with a different orientation, and it will act like a chisel going along the groove and do permanent damage.
USE EACH NEEDLE ONCE ONLY. THEN THROW IT AWAY.
New gramophone needles are available from the Vintage Wireless and Gramophone Club.
Contact: Richard Rennie 9330 1636
Thank you Richard for sharing this information.
Photo above of used gramophone needles.