Stylus Replacement: August 2016 Question of the Month

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This month, we’re featuring a question that’s relevant to a lot of readers who are either rediscovering their vinyl collection or exploring vinyl for the first time.

David in Minnesota asked:

I’ve got an old old Dual brand turntable with an equally old Shure V15 cartridge I am about to start using again after 20+ years in storage. Before I start playing my old records, how can I check the condition of my stylus to know if it needs replacement?

Our product support team answered:

A stylus of this age could likely have a rubber bearing that has stiffened. If so, there will be a lack of bass. I would suggest getting a new stylus as there is no “home test” to determine bearing stiffness.

Shure no longer sells a stylus for any V15 model. To purchase replacement styli no longer sold by Shure, please consult our list of sources for discontinued styli and phono cartridges.

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Allison Wolcott

Allison Wolcott

Allison Wolcott started singing at Shure and now sings wherever she can. She wishes she were Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Johnny Cash all rolled up in a voice box. Her favorite mic is the BETA®87A.

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