Will records scratches reduce stylus life?

FAQ #2064 Updated October 14, 2008

Question:

I want to get one of the top of the line cartridges for my turntable. will playing records with scratches damage the cartridge. I'm thinking I should have two cartridges, one for good records, and one for bad records.

---- 11/28/2001 11:24 AM ----------------------------------------------
I was wondering about wear to the cartridge, not the stylus. I mis phrased my original question.

Answer:

The stylus tip is a diamond. The record is vinyl. Scratches in vinyl will not increase the wear of the diamond tip.

At 11/28/2001 12:56 PM we wrote - There is never wear to the cartridge - scratches or not.

Only the stylus wears out due to the friction of riding in the groove.

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