Failure of a phono cartridge is rare as there are only a few components inside of the body. There is a coil of wire for Various - 100% Hits Rock-N-Roll Vol.1 left channel. There is a coil of wire for the right channel. There are two wires from each coil Stylus Trouble - Stellar connect to the output pins at the Stylus Trouble - Stellar of the cartridge.
Cutaway view of a moving magnet phono cartridge Within the body, the only failure that is common but not frequent is when a wire to an output pin becomes disconnected.
Looking at the stylus, the possible failures are also limited. The stylus shank can be bent or broken. The stylus support bushing can harden or become dislodged. The diamond tip can fall off rare or the magnet can fall off extremely rare. In each case, replacing the defective stylus with a new one will resolve the issue. It is the wiring associated with the turntable.
Metal-to-metal, low voltage electrical connections corrode eventually. It is inevitable and resistance is futile. Question: I purchased a Shure phono cartridge and it will play fine for a few minutes then the audio will nearly cut out in one of the channels.
If I pull the stylus and reseat it will come back for a little while then randomly cut out. I have replaced the head shell and lead wires and still get the same result. I have tried the turntable with a different head shell, cartridge and needle and do not get Stylus Trouble - Stellar same results. I have calibrated the cartridge with your protractor and verified that the overhang for my Technics table is at 52mm.
Is there something else that I can try? Answer: Failure of a phono cartridge is rare as there are only a few components inside of the body.
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