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Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.
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I'm wondering are these easy to damage.
I replaced mine with the one that came with the project debut 3 as it had , had a bit of hammer one drunken night with a few mates.
I put it back last night one channel was ok the other no sound apart from a prominent buzzing.
I checked the cables were ok , tried another amp , tried different phono leads and still the same , even clipped on an old spare 2m on , same result.

Put the pre - fitted cartridge back today and that seems to work ok , so have damaged the 2m red cartridge?

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

Anyone , any opinions?

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

First rule of vinyl- avoid when drunk.

Not sure how you could damage the cartridge, the stylus yes. Your post reads that you have replaced the stylus and you still have the same problem - is that correct.

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

The problem only occurs with the 2m cartridge , but the original pre fitted cartridge (different type of ortonfon) is ok.

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

So you have damaged the stylus(needle) not the cartridge. You can get a replacement stylus for this cartridge. Are all 4 connectors on the rear of the cartridge sound.

To damage a cartridge I think you would need to give it a hefty whack with something.

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

Am not as i have two 2ms one cartridge and both have the same issue so it may be the cartridge itself ,good advice about drink & vinyl!

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

Am not as i have two 2ms one cartridge and both have the same issue so it may be the cartridge itself ,good advice about drink & vinyl!

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

So have you got 2 off 2M cartridges or 1 2M Cartridge and 2 stylii.

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

2   2m stylus and 1 cartridge , just assuming the cartridge may be an issue.

 

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

They're not easy to damage but it sounds like a coil or internal wire may be broken on the cartridge.

 

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

Thanks for the reply , was a bit unsure as regards buying a whole new cartridge , might be an option when i have the money.

Would that issue explain the speaker/distortion problem that i mentioned?

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

Yes it would.  If internal wires are broken or touching, it would have the same effect as touching the phono cables.

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

Thanks for clearing that up , don't have the money to sort anything atm , but has put my mind at rest knowing its not a record deck issue etc!

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RE: Ortofon 2m Red Cartridge Damage.

Bought a new cartridge on Saturday and its ok , Fitting them is fiddly , but i find the set up etc is more of a pain in that is everything correct etc!

But thanks for the advice to those who have replied to my query.  

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