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21398 No. 21398
I've only recently gotten into listening on vinyl, and I was wondering if someone could educate me on how often you should change your needle. I admit, the one I've been using is LONG overdue of a change (like almost a year, it's not even funny), and I want to know how often to generally change it.

If you could also recommend some good needles/manufacturers, that'd be wonderful too.

And apologies if there's already a thread on this.

Last edited at Thu, Dec 11th, 2014 13:31

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I'm surprised nobody's touched this one yet.

Stylus life can vary greatly among models and manufacturers, and even between batches of the same model. Suggestions are in the 1000-hour range, but if everything begins to sound distorted it is certainly time to change it out.

Ortofon is generally regarded as top of the line when it comes to phonograph cartridges and styli these days.

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