Pioneer PL-41

Pioneer PL-41 Dustcover

This is one of Pioneer’s better contributions to the turntable market. Built in the late 60′ and early 70’s it’s the Pioneer PL-41. At the time it was their top of the line turntable. The Pl-61 and PL-71 were better but came out a few years later and were direct drive as opposed to the PL-41’s belt drive.

Pioneer PL-41 Platter

The PL-41 is built like a tank and, when set up properly, is a solid performer. Some stats:

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Wow and flutter: 0.08%
Rumble: 50dB
Platter: 310mm, 2.2kg, aluminium alloy diecast
Tonearm: static balance type
Cartridge: PL-C9 moving magnet
Stylus: PL-N9 0.65 mil radius diamond
Frequency response: 15 to 21,000Hz
Channel separation: more than 30dB
Output: 5mV
Stylus pressure: 2 to 3g
Dimensions: 508 x 406 x 191mm
Weight: 10.5kg

Pioneer PL-41 Tonearm

The PL-41 uses an SME style headshell and a number of cartridges will work well with it including the Audio Technica AT120 and AT95E as well as the Stanton 680EE. For more advanced users the Denon DL-110 and DL-160 are good choices. A vintage Shure M91ED and a new stylus will work well also.

Pioneer PL-41 Headshell

There are a couple common problems with the PL-41. First, the cueing mechanism can run dry causing the tonearm to drop quickly. Adding the correct can fix this. For a good reference on how to do it check out THIS thread. Another problem are the thrust plates which are located in the bottom portion of the bearing well. They have a tendency to crack or disintegrate over time causing the platter to sit incorrectly in the platter well. They are easy to replace, but it is difficult to find originals. Some have tried to fabricate them out of small pieces of plastic or plastic bottle caps. A long thread on this subject can be found HERE.

Pioneer PL-41 Speed

The Pioneer PL-41 really is a quality turntable. It’s big, it’s heavy and it’s built well. With the right maintenance and cartridge it can be a very good performer. You can find one in good working condition for anywhere from $150 to $300.

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16 thoughts on “Pioneer PL-41

  1. PL-41 I LOVE this table so much I have 14 of them. Aprox 6-7 for parts and the rest are ready to spin. I have found it to be a great table once it is set up properly. I purchased my first one in south east asia in 1969 and sent it home fast. I live in MA. and I have a large record collection. I LOVE MUSIC.

    1. I own just one PL-41 and have just restored it. I am looking around for a complete head shell and stylus. I live in South Africa and spare are hard to find. Any ideas or tips.

    2. Michael is there a chance you may have the larger set screw for th silver portion of the counterweight? oI also need one Ov two screws to adjust and secure VTA the table is a gift from my wife and I cannot set up the tone arm at all..Thsnks so much Randy.

  2. I have a Pioneer PL 41, does anyone know where to purchase the correct belt that will turn at the proper speed? Thanks!

  3. You can purchase a Pioneer PL-41 belt from Thakker.eu in Germany Belt is ID#104 flat belt 275,0×5,0x0,7 /circumference 864mm Taric code 40103900. I recently purchased one it works well not perfect speed but close. I did alot of research this belt is the closest you will find new to the original belt. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi I received a gift from my wife..pioneer PL 41 but have two issues Ivam missing one of two set screws to secure the arm for VTA adjustment..second I am missing the larger set screw for the first counterweight..not the black calibration ..so without these two set screws I cannot set up the arm at all rendering my table useless..would you have ANY ideas? Regards Randy. Thank You.

    1. Hi Randy,

      I own this table and absolutely love it. It regularly competes with my much “higher end” Kenwood KP-990.

      I purchased mine needing some work but, with a little effort, got it up and running beautifully.

      To your question: Parts for this table don’t come up often and, when they do, they seem to be pricier than I believe they should be. My opinion, of course. So, with that said, I would keep your eye out on EBay for a junker that has the parts you need. I’ve seen poor condition examples go for $100 or less. The only real pain is the expense of shipping (heavy table).

      I know that’s not an ideal solution but it may get you what you need sooner rather than later so you can start enjoying this excellent table. Also, you could get lucky and find one locally.

      Good luck!

  5. I’m looking to buy an original RCA cable for a PL-41. I’m restoring one (my first) and found that a mouse had made a nest inside and chewed on the grey RCA cable. Searches on Ebay and other places have been in vain. Anyone here have one to sell? Thanks! Peter

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