Indeed how long if the stylus has been sitting on a turntable or if it is NOS an has been sitting in a drawer,,I guess this is different for Shures than it is for Audio Technicas,I guess companies used different amounts of rubber etc...I have a 30 year old AT32e,,the stylus may be ok on it,,but the suspension sure as hell will be knackered..A re tip would probably be very pricey,,maybe one day..This was used by the way..
My HE stylus for my V15 I tried KY jelly on,,but it was used..It just sounded dead,,even after this treatment..
So say I had a spare unused needle for a M97xe in a drawer,,what life span would you folks give it..
What are your experiences.. ???