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Have you a drive belt for Pioneer Turntable model PL-Z91? Also

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Have you a drive belt for Pioneer Turntable model PL-Z91?
Also cartridge MM type (PC210)?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Electronics
Expert:  TV-Tech1 replied 4 years ago.

Hello, I'm TV Tech1 and I'll be working with you to identify and help you resolve your problem.


Belt --


The cartridge is a little more challenging, because several manufacturers provided cartridges and stylus for Pioneer. This fits the numbers you gave us --


PXV1003 seems to be the cartridge number, the PC-210 seems to be the STYLUS number to replace that. And unfortunately...the PXV1003 seems to be obsolete, unless you want to try this supplier --


I would phone them and not order it online. PXV1004 was a valid cartridge for the PL-Z91, and is listed in the part list --



But the other issue is the Cartridge TYPE.

Is it a P-Mount or 1/2" Mount cartridge you need??




Other option is to buy a different cartridge that fills your needs.


But the more important part is identifying Pmount versus 1/2" mount first. That helps us the most, knowing the TYPE


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

1. Regarding drive belt for Pioneer PL-Z91, are you saying I should visit e-bay on the address given?

2.. Looking at the cartridge and the diagram shown, it appears to be of the 1/2" mount type.


3. The PVX 1004 cartridge listed, you say was a valid cartridge for Pioneer PL-Z91, was that a P mount or 1/2" ? Would that not work? I'm a little confused.

Expert:  TV-Tech1 replied 4 years ago.
1. Yes, they seem to sell it, and the price was good.

2. Ok, it was hard to determine the TYPE of cartridge you had, because they only provided drawings of the tonearm/cartridge assembly back in 1988. Fairly basic drawing looked like it could be a P mount design.

3. The PVX1004, along with the PVX1003 cartridge, seems to be obsolete, but knowing the Mount Type opens up all sources /manufacturers that still sell 1/2" cartridges, and let's you select the needle TYPE for the type of music you listen to.

Conical -- fairly good response to bass, midrange, and treble, but not as good in the high frequency range as a --

Elliptical stylus -- Good bass and midrange, but the elliptical stylus increases the brilliance of the High frequency.

If you're doing professional audio, the best stylus would be a Stanton, but the price doubles once you get into that type of stylus.

However, you do have a choice of New versus used on Ebay --

I had the Stanton 681EE, loved it until I could no longer afford it. Then I had Grado, then went to Audio Technica. Loved my Stanton, but Audio Technica was my 2nd one. I think the GRADO needle fell off within 9 months of I didn't trust their cartridge. I think I got that exchanged for the Audio Technica cartridge. They were color coded for the stylus type I think. I either had a green or yellow cartridge, but I always chose the elliptical over the conical. I wanted to hear the tik tik of the drumsticks on the cymbals.

Now I'm so old I'm lucky to hear 10 to 12 kHz.'s the Stantons if you want the best --

The Grado cartridges. I think I had the BLACK dot, but that was 30 years ago.

Then I had the Audio Technica for YEARS, just like my Stanton --

Yeah...I think I did have the GREEN would likely want the purple one since that has the MOVING COIL. But look at them, select the one that fits your costs. Be sure to be gentle with removing and installing the pins on your tonearm, a lot of people pull them off, and I suggest a gentle "Twist and pull" to walk the pins off. Remember, there's two wires per channel, and look the information over on the old cartridge and new cartridge to match the + and - pins to the new cartridge.