View Full Version : Dual 506 w/ nagatron 350e Cartridge

04-29-2009, 07:12 PM
There is a Dual 506 with a nagatron 350e Cartridge on some major auction site. Sounds like there may be a problem with the stobe light.....but other wise works. I havent been able to find anything on the cartridge....
Is this a worth while setup? how hard is it to find a new needle, or would I have to replace the cartridge? LH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item330325982593&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C 301%3A0%7C293%3A3%7C294%3A50

04-29-2009, 08:07 PM
I don't have a clue about the Nagatron cart- but I'll bet your table has the adaptor for the head shell allowing the use of many different cartridges. I have one with the Dual/Ortofon cartridge, but it uses the weird cam lock system & troublesome contacts in the headshell. It's destined for the yardsale pile this Saturday!

04-29-2009, 09:35 PM
I had that cartridge for years. It is ok, but probably worn by now. The silly thing is 25 years old.

04-29-2009, 09:44 PM
Can I replace the needle, or best to replace the cartridge? If its best to replace the cartradge, whats a good one to start off with. This is my first turntable since my little fisherprice from when I was a kid.

04-29-2009, 11:07 PM
I'd just slap a new cart on there. My recommendations are the Grado Black (~$60) and Ortofon Super OM10 ($70). They aren't the cheapest options, but in my opinion, cartridges below the $55 threshold are not that great, and they tend often to have a conical or spherical stylus, which is not only horrible for your records, it will also retrack an area of your older records which probably has already been tracked a billion times before by another crappy conical stylus - thus giving you noise, hiss and a dull sound overall.

The Grado has a great sound, much better than other stuff in its price range(Sumiko Oyster, at $5 less, comes to mind). I'd not hesitate to get this one. The Ortofon I own and love. Sounds clear and tracks nicely too even on inner grooves. I believe Ortofon was OEM on Dual decks and still is. Also, the OM Supers are discontinued(still widely available) but Ortofon still makes styli for older cartridges. It comes with the 10 stylus, but later on if you feel like it, you can upgrade to a higher stylus from the OM line and get an improved sound.