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The turntable is a crude attempt to use the Audio-Technica "name" ...almost...lol. Very low-end stuff. Original cost probably around $200 or less. It was probably part of a cheap stereo system package deal 20-30 years ago.
Audio-Technica makes some excellent phono cartridges, and a lot that are very cheap ($30 to $800). Chances are it's a very cheap one. You can tell by going to the Needle Doctor website and looking at the Audio-Technica cartridges page where they have color pictures of each one.
It is probably a 95-series cartridge, which manufacturers buy for about $15-20 each for use as original equipment on their low-end turntables. It is very likely the original cartridge that came with it.
Before I would use something like that, I would move the arm through its full range of motion and make sure it moves VERY freely; no little "catches" or drag or rough spots in the pivot bearings. Any arm problems can damage records.
I would also get a new cartridge, just to be safe. You can get the Audio-Technica 95E from Needle Doctor for $49, and that way you will know you have a new stylus that will not damage your records.
I have some pretty good pictures, and it appears to be a direct drive unit, with a pretty fair tone arm......the tag on the back of the unit says Audiotek MTX-950 however the stylus says Audio Technica.
Anyone have any info on this unit??