I have an old turntable which I now want to connect to my amp via a phono preamp. It of course has inputs for both MC and MM pickups. Since I didn't buy the turntable or the pickup, I don't know which one it is. How can I tell?

PS: I'm not sure if I used the right terms since I'm not a native english speaker. Feel free to correct me :-)

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    Would need to know the make & model of the pickup to know for certain. Rule of thumb would be if it's an expensive deck, MC, if cheap, MM [but that would still be a guess] The terms stand for Moving Magnet & Moving Coil, btw.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 1, 2015 at 16:48
  • I actually know what they are and what the difference is. I just don't how to tell them apart. ;-) The turntable is an Akai AP003. No idea if the pickup is the original one though. Doesn't have any type on it. Appart from my case I like to know a general way how to tell them apart. Apr 1, 2015 at 16:54
  • It always helps if you add known information, it saves duplicated effort. Anyway, that's a fairly low-end mass market turntable, I'd be surprised if it was MC. Still would need the actual cartridge details - you never know if it was swapped. As the coil & magnet are internal, I doubt you could tell non-destructively
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 1, 2015 at 17:18
  • I guessed that such a question about a specific model would be considered "too localized" so I generalized it on purpose. This way it might help others. Besides that you have a point :-) Apr 1, 2015 at 17:23
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    @AndréStannek There is no such thing as "too localized" on StackExchange anymore. The more details you can give about your problem, the better. Apr 2, 2015 at 2:59


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