I did a search and didn't come up with anything, so I apologize if this has been discussed before. Does the actual diamond stylus wear out?
Who has actually worn out a stylus from playing records?
Sorry, I scanned quickly through these posts but not deeply.
Dear God ... does the stylus wear out?
Yes, it does
... why would you think it doesn't? "Diamonds are forever
" is the name of an Ian Fleming "Bond" novel and the film of the same name ... not the actual truth about diamonds.
But the trouble is, if you use it to the point that it is "worn out" - and can hear it ... you will have done damage to your LPs, as the chisel-edges formed on each side of the diamond from the wear, will have started to shear off the HF undulations.
So I for one, have certainly never "worn out a diamond".
So the issue becomes ... how many hours does the diamond last before it is approaching a "chisel-edge"?
Different stylus shapes have different lives ... and differently priced cartridges have different quality diamonds - which last a different number of hours. So what I suggest you need to do is:
* use a 'click counter' to count the number of sides you play. Treat each side as 1/3hr and then you get the number of hours.
* then you need to decide whether your stylus is a '600-hr diamond' or a '2,000-hr diamond'. As a rough guide, I guess you could go with the cost of the cartridge. If it's $500, you have a 600-hr diamond; if it's $5,000, you have a 2,000-hr diamond. I believe there are some cartridges which last up to 3,000 hrs ... but I'm not sure which ones these are.
I am treating my Benz Ebony LP as a 2,000-hr diamond.
And BTW, every one of my LPs is treated with my Nitty Gritty (so they're clean). LPs bought used are treated twice before I play them.