I have an old Shure V15 Type V cartridge, which, although babied, hasn't been used for many years. I am trying to resurrect my record-playing system in order to copy my pristine 1970-80s collection to a computer disk, for later editing, compiling, and burning to CD-ROM.
When playing records, I get distortion as if the stylus is dusty (it's not). The rest of the playback system checks out, and I've realigned the cartridge. I assume that cartridges have a life span (?); is there any way to know if the whole cartridge needs replacement, or just the stylus? And what is the approximate price for replacements; I'm trying to keep this project somewhat reasonable in cost.
The cartridge body is likely fine. The problem is very likely in the stylus, particularly the rubber bushing that supports the stylus. A new stylus will restore the entire cartridge to original performance. The replacement stylus is the VN5MR.