The turntable is one of a DJ's most important possessions, and like anything else you value, taking good care of it is crucial. Thankfully, analog turntables are fairly straightforward machines, so most of the maintenance you can expect to do will be simple cartridge and stylus replacements. Staying on top of the condition of your cartridges and styli doesn't just keep sound quality high, it also helps to protect your vinyl records from wear so they'll last longer.
While styli have been around as long as music has been recorded on vinyl, that doesn't mean they've gone unchanged through all that time. New techniques for cutting and shaping the diamond tips were being developed right up through the 1980s, leading to the spherical and elliptical tips available today. Both types of stylus work very well, and you can actually swap them to extend the life of your vinyl. If a record starts to wear out after lots of play with a round tip, switching to an elliptical stylus will make it sound like new again. When picking out your styli, consider what you'll be using them for. Some are made specifically for scratching, while others are 'club' designs for straight playback and mixing. Read More >