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Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Southern California
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If you can visually see that the stylus is not perfectly vertical, when viewed from the front when NOT in contact with the record, YOU SHOULD NEVER USE IT !!!
The suspension of the cartridge is damaged.
It will damage your records.
Replace the cartridge and don't use it until you do.
The Ortophon 2M Blue is well worth the money; it will sound much better.
I don't know who you bought it from, but you should contact them and ask for a new replacement cartridge, and then ask if they will give you some sort of discount or credit towards the Ortophon Blue as an alternative.