Introductory dates of Shure phono cartridges

Date Updated: November 25, 2019 FAQ #5909
Question:
Please provide introductory dates of Shure phono cartridges.
Answer:

Having manufactured over 3,000 models of phono cartridges between 1937 and 2018, this data, sadly, does not exist. Shure catalogs are the prime source for product dating.

However, a customer assembled the following short list based on Shure advertisements in hi-fi magazines.

M3D – September 1958
M212/M216 – March 1959
M33-5 – September 1961
M44-5 – November 1963
V15 – February 1964
V15 Type II – September 1966
V15 Type II Improved – October 1969
V15 Type III – April 1973
V15 Type IV – April 1978
V15 Type V – April 1982
V15 Type V-MR – July 1983
Ultra 500 – August 1985
V15 Type VxMR – December 1996