P mount cartridges, also known as T4P cartridges are one simple part of a tone arm that induces ease in use and simplicity. But as per the demand, you need to replace it on regular basis to ensure a top-notch functionality. And to be straight, it’s a laborious process for most of us.
But here is the truth that will put a smile on your face-
There are so many ways you can replace your P Mount Cartridge. But you should not have to follow all the ways to find the easiest one. We have already done that and picked the easiest ways for you. Just go through this article and you will surely get what you are looking for.
What is a Cartridge? In Case You Didn’t Know.
A cartridge is a small electro-mechanical device, used to receive and decode data from an analog disc, and transmit it to the amplifier. There are two types of Cartridge available based on its mounting. One is the Standard Mount Cartridge. And the other one is the P Mount Cartridge.
Standard Mount Cartridge
The Standard Mount Cartridge is the most common cartridge that is used for tonearms or turntables. Its mounting mechanism is a bit difficult compared to the P Mount type.
It is attached to the headshell with two screws that are half an inch apart from each other. There are 4 wires with different colors that are attached to the male plugs which can be detached in times of replacement.
P Mount Cartridge
The P Mount Cartridge, on the other hand, has a simpler mechanism compared to the Standard Mount Cartridge. It works just like a plug that means you can insert and remove it like a plug.
Ways of Replacing P Mount Cartridge
There are some easy ways you can replace your P Mount Cartridge. First of all, you need to know which type of headshell your turntable has. Let me explain.
Types of Headshells
There are three types of headshell available. Universal headshell, P Mount headshell, and Proprietary Mount headshell. The universal headshell will support both Standard and P Mount Cartridges. On the other hand, the P Mount headshell will support only P Mount Cartridge, obviously.
But, the proprietary mount will support only a certain design and no other mount. So you can replace a P Mount Cartridge for universal headshells or for P mount headshells.
Replacing a P Mount Cartridge
If you have to replace a P Mount Cartridge for a universal headshell you can replace it with another P Mount Cartridge or with a Standard Cartridge. On the other hand, you can replace the P Mount Cartridge of a P Mount headshell with another P Mount Cartridge only.
You can follow the given steps to replace the P Mount Cartridge.
- First of all, you have to detach your old P Mount Cartridge. To do that, simply take out the side screw of the cartridge. Then pull the cartridge out of the headshell.
- Now, to attach a Cartridge, if it is a P mount, then simply push it inside the headshell like a plug. Then screw it with the headshell.
- If it is Standard Mount, you have to attach the colored wire to the male plugs accordingly. Then you have to screw two screws with the body.
As you can see, of the two types of Cartridges, it is easier to replace a P mount Cartridge with another P mount cartridge. So, we recommend you to use a P mount cartridge rather than a Standard Mount.
Why Do You Need to Replace It?
If your cartridge is working fine, then there is no reason for you to replace it. But you have to replace your cartridge if you think that it is not working properly.
Usually, the stylus tip gets damaged by using it for a long time and so you have to replace the cartridge in this case.
Also, when you use a cartridge for a long time, the coils and the magnet inside the cartridge lose their efficiency as well. This is another reason for you to replace the cartridge.
In short, it is quite easy to replace a P Mount Cartridge, if you simply follow the steps in this article. I hope from now on replacing your P Mount Cartridge will always be easier for you.