Vinyl to PC rip, need a cartridge & stylus for a 1210 2010-01-17 15:30:52 Hey all, first post so sorry if I'm missing any key info for you.My father's 1970s Bang & Olufsen hifi turntable needle has worn out. Sadly, due to how B&O made the thing it's required to replace both the cartridge and needle; currently the only ones he can find are over $300. He's taken this as a good reason to perform a final play of his records, transferring them to computer.Worn needle aside, his hifi's line out (well, the line-out pins on the DIN 5-pin tape 2 connector!) is at a supremely low level, and is mostly a sea of noise. We then looked at some of the ~£100 turntable and USB sound card combos, as sold by Maplin etc with the sole purpose of performing a final play, they looked more like toys!So, we looked at what equipment we did have. I'm able to borrow a Technics 1210 turntable from a DJ friend of mine, however as he's a scratch DJ his cartridge and needles aren't really suitable. I've got an old Yamaha A-520 amplifier, which has an inbuilt phono stage, and an M-Audio Audiophile 2496 sound card with line level phono ins/outs. Once on the computer, there's Cubase SX5.QUESTION IS: What sort of cartridge and needle would I need to do an alright final rip? The records have been played rather a lot, and some have scratches on them - they've not been that well loved. Cleaned dry on an "oh that looks dusty" basis, rather than regularly. The genre is mostly classical or folk; there's Simon and Garfunkel at the top of the stack of records i'm due to copy, with Fleetwood mac below, giving you some idea of genre.Any suggestions or advice greatly received. I've never owned a record deck before, so to say I'm a beginner when it comes to actually setting up a record deck is an understatement!I took a look on the AVForums, and only one poster replied offering the suggestion of the Ortofon Concorde Arkiv Cartridge, at £85 from decks.co.uk.Would this be what you would recommend? Or can you think of a better plan for this circumstance!