I have a N97HE w/ERA4 attached to a Technics direct drive turntable. Both were purchased in 1979. I have used them consistantly for an hour each day on average. How long is this cartridge and stylus suppose to last? The sound is still outstanding and I have not noticed any album problems. After 22 years I'm starting to wonder if I've set any performance records. Your product has been superb!!!
The cartridge body has no parts that wear out. The stylus has a typical life of 500 to 800 hours of playing time. Replacing the stylus assembly returns the phono cartridge to like new condition.