Is the brush on my M97xE defective?

FAQ #4681 Updated September 12, 2017

Question:

I recently purchased a Shure M97xE stylus and after mounting it, I noticed the not all the brush bristles touch the record surface, and the brush bristles are cut at an angle. Please comment.

Answer:

The brush bristles are indeed cut an an angle.  Looking at the cartridge from the front, the bristles on the left are longer by design. To work properly, only a small section of the brush needs to contact the record groove.

As a test, play a record without cleaning it first.  If the brush is working properly, it will have collected a small "ball" of dust by the end of the first side.


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