Zebbo wrote:Me being me, if I did have a go at pushing back in place, even if successful, I'd be paranoid that it wasn't right and might do some more damage. I'd just buy a new one.
I can understand that, and usually I would do the same for exactly the same reason. If the cantilever is really bent, there's not much hope and I wouldn't try. But if it's 'just' dislocated, there is still a chance it can be put right. This was what I wrote, but some people either didn't read my response very well or chose to ignore that bit.
At the time I did it, I had nothing to lose but to try. It was for my brother's 'table (Marantz TT6000), and there wasn't time to order a new stylus. The cantilever was pointing up and to the side, so quite a bit worse than Evilash's. Moreover, I've seen new carts that had dislocated cantilevers much the same as Evilash's, probably factory-faulty or through handling error at some point. I also know that such carts (even really bent ones) are actually repaired by brave specialists (not me by the way).
I had a different spare cart ready, but curiosity got the better of me. The faulty cart was an AT OEM, a Marantz M500 if I remember correctly. Afterwards, I checked everything profusely with a special magnifying glass, digital USB microscope, old records, a test record, carefully observing the cart when playing etc. Everything checked out fine, in the end. So, on impulse, I decided to share my experience, not expecting a bashing.
I'm sorry for my irritated response though; I should have said "Ignorance is bliss"
or something, and leave it at that.