Let us know Steve's Make & Model# it would help us to know what to search for should 'he' need replacement parts and so forth.
AH! The "OLD Penny on the Tone Arm" trick... ...yeah brings back memories...
OK, Bad News First: The MAJOR issue you're going to encounter is REPLACEMENT Needles (Called Cartridges) that's the little snap-in unit that holds a jewel chip (usually Sapphire because of it's Hardness) because no matter how hard the jewel, THEY STILL CHIP AND WEAR OUT Pretty Darn Quick!!! WARNING: Worn-Out Needles will TOTALLY WRECK A Record In Very Short Order (one or two plays) especially with a Penny On the Tone Arm... that's supposed to be perfectly Balanced so that the "needle" barely touches the surface of the record.
BASICS: "NEEDLE" is a misnomer. They stopped using Steel NEEDLES back in your Grand Mother's Day. (as I said earlier, they switched to polished chips of jewels (later still, Synthetic Jewels)) to increase the "life" of the 'needle'... and thus, reduce the amount of Wear-Damage they inflict on your precious, and I imaging RARE Vinyl Records.
Second, There's no real "Surface" on a record, just GROOVES... along the side of which the the music is microscopically etched. If you chip away the microscopic vinyl that causes the needle to vibrate, that then gets translated into electrical impulses, cause the magnets in the speakers to vibrate, that causes the air to vibrate, which the ear translates into SOUND... better yet... MUSIC!
As a dull needle scrapes away those microscopic bits of vinyl from the inside of each groove, it can now be heard as "HISS" or worser still "POP" ...so annoyingly familiar to us "old geezers"
IOW, Save your rare & precsious Vinyl until you locate a source of the now obsolete needle cartridges.
NEXT: The purpose of the TWO Cassette Decks, is of course, for "DUBBING"... the old term for Creating Your Own "Mixes" or Copies of Music-to-Tape, in Steve's case... the option of copying Vinyl recordings (thus extending the "Life" of the record) or CDs which were still relatively rare---back then--- to a more familiar and available source, A TAPE-PLAYER
Hey Guys... remember those big ol' personal tape players we used to tote around prior to single MP3 Players.. and eventually those now famous "THOUSAND-SONGS-IN-YOUR-POCKET"iPods? (wot're they up to now? 80,000 Songs In Your Pocket?)
...anyway... Find out Steve's Make & Model Number (usually located on the back of the unit) Score yerself a fresh cartridge ASAP... ..and have FUN with Your New Tech-Toy.
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