Is the brush on my M97xE defective?

FAQ #4681 Updated September 12, 2017


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.


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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