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Yup...being able to correlate how a stylus looks to how it performs...

Would be cool. If we had a microscope capable of that resolution then it would be an exercise of running the tests with the test LP, recording the results and saving photos of the stylus with each side of the stylus saved.

All of that would only be relevant for the stylus type you have but the knowledge would be a cool thing to have. I suppose that would be applicable to your stylus type on your cartridge and mounted on your tonearm.

Different stylii in different cartridges mounted on different tonearms would be effected to a greater or lesser extent depending on the combination of gear. A lightly worn stylus on poor gear may exhibit its mistracking sooner than the same stylus on gear that can better deal with less than ideal situations.

As long as the stylus in question can track properly all is well. Figuring what type of wear causes mistracking sooner/later would therefore be a little tricky but the data would be relevant to your specific setup.

That would at least suggest what to look for as far as stylus wear is concerned on any setup. Guidlines only, no hard and fast rules I suppose. Like all things in this goofy hobby every time we think we understand any particular issue we find out how little we actually know.

I'm sure there are people out there that used to check out stylii using that Shure microscope years ago when vinyl was king. Those that had a great deal of experience in this would be very interesting to talk to. I would like to hear a description as to what to check for on different stylus types and the degree of wear that was considered a warning.


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