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    Posted: 01 Jun 2022 at 1:51pm
I use a moving magnet cartridge and I'm getting near to stylus change time, and looking to see how old the present stylus is I found the original receipt for the cartridge, seems I bought it in 2004. There's been a fair few replacement stylus since then, but it got me thinking about what's in the body? Does it degrade/wear out? Is it time to replace the whole thing?

Not knowing the answer to either question that's where you chaps come in Wink any info would be appreciated.
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it's rare that a cartridge wears out - if it does it's usually due to external influence.
If you like the sound of it replace the stylus.
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If you have any doubts about the cart body my advice is to test it with a multimeter. Although there are some things that can go wrong with a cart over time, if it is well cared for and there are no accidents with it, it should work fine for many decades.

I have cartridge bodies that are 30-40 years old and they were perfectly. I know people that have cartridges even older than that. The main thing that gets tricky is when a cartridge type goes OOP and you can't get OEM styli for it anymore.
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Thanks for the information I'd never really considered the body before good to hear they're reliable.

Been looking at the cost of a replacement (my cartridge is a rebodied G***ring, and given a fancy name), well the stylus is only a few pounds cheaper than a new G***ring cartridge, but looking forward the replacement stylus for that is £100 cheaper than mine so that's something for me to ponder.
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I've got an early 1990's Goldring 10xx body still going strong after several new styli. I bought a 1042 stylus a couple of years back and it is very good.
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Because of the relatively small difference in cost between a replacement stylus and a complete cartridge, I once bought a new G***ring 1012, removed the stylus to replace the worn one on the turntable. and now have a spare cartridge. If the one in use ever gives trouble, the spare can be fitted and the existing stylus pressed into service again in a few minutes.
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You are right about the cartridge vs stylus pricing and I also thought the 1012 was really good. Higher cost but I like the 1042 even more.
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