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2.6 Is it true that new stylus cartridges for CED players have beenunavailable for a long time?




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This article is from the RCA SelectaVision VideoDisc FAQ, by tom@cedmagic.com (Tom Howe) with numerous contributions by others.

2.6 Is it true that new stylus cartridges for CED players have beenunavailable for a long time?

This rumor may have started when the Q & A Column in the January 1994
issue of _Video Magazine_ answered a reader's inquiry by stating RCA had
"...exhausted its stock of replacement styluses some time ago." Well, a
call to the GE/RCA Parts Department at the time revealed they still had
a total of about 8,000 stylus cartridges in inventory. This RCA Parts
Department no longer exists but all three stylus cartridge models are
available via the Internet. Cartridges for the Hitachi models are
difficult to come by, with some owners buying complete, working players
on eBay just to get the stylus cartridge. Note that the manufacture of
CED stylus cartridges ceased shortly after CED player manufacture came
to a halt in 1984, and RCA only had a single keel-lapping master recorder
from which all the masters used to shape diamond styli originated. If
this complex machine has been dismantled, the technology required to
manufacture these diamond styli no longer exists. The Stylus Cartridge
Replacement Guide cross references the cartridge part numbers for the
various CED player name brands and is available at the URL listed in
question (2.1). This guide also provides some web links for locating
CED stylus cartridges.


 

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