Notes

The SP range started with the SP 1 and 2, the first successful magnetic pickups. Another innovation during the SP era was the introduction of the 15° tracking angle for stereo records, later adopted as a world standard. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The SP range was the last B&O pickup to have a replaceable stylus, this took the form of a tapered tube assembly containing at its tip the cantilever and suspension, as well as a cross with four armature tips. Precision manufacture ensured that these tips were positioned correctly in respect of the polepieces of the pickup coils. Replacement of a worn or broken stylus was simply a matter of loosening a screw on the lower side of the pickup, sliding off the outside part complete, sliding on the new one and retightening the screw. In this way it was not necessary to handle small or delicate parts directly. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Pickups were all supplied with a stylus attached. Beogram 1000, 1200 and 1500 included a 78RPM speed, so the SP 2 and SP 7 were also offered with an optional 78RPM stylus. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

All B&O magnetic pickups have the same output impedance (47Kohms) and broadly similar output voltages, so you can use any turntable with any suitable Beomaster, eg the Beogram 1000 works with Beomaster 4500, and Beogram 7000 works with the Beolab 5000 amplifier!

The SP range was replaced in 1974 by the MMC X000 range (later renamed MMC 20X), as first seen on the Beogram 4000. The last SP equipped model was the Beocenter 3500 in 1977, which had an SP 10A pickup. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

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