It's probably fine. Play it and see.
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Thanks guys, I feel tons better now. You can imagine my paranoia though, brand new, out of the box and I slip like that. More pissed at myself than anything.
The funny thing was that what ever I was doing didn't need to be done. Checking Tracking force for like the 8th time. Jeeesh!
I feel a lot better now but, if the cantiliver suspension "bottomed out" when it hit the platter it wouldn't cause hidden or pre-mature wear on the suspension?
Just to be reassured. I appologize if I'm being repetitive, reduntant, repeating my self over and over and over again :)
A minor incident.
Many of us have actually ripped the stylus or the cantilever right off the cartridge, by mistake, and sometimes with cartridges that cost a couple thousand bucks.
That gives you a really sick feeling when it happens. Everyone is human, and mistakes happen, sometimes costly ones. Yours was a very mild one, and I doubt it had any affect on your cartridge at all.
Some additional advice based on my own near fiasco: never, ever, wear one of those sweaters with baggy sleeves while mucking about with your table while arm/cartridge is attached. I was checking my interconnects one night, and the arm/cartridge assembly somehow went up my sleeve. Needless to say I very nearly ripped the arm from the armboard - that would have been a shame.
I've knocked the cantilever off 2 cartridges,tore out the wire on 1 tonearm,knocked a pin off a pricey Telefunken tube,shattered a Oracle record clamp (I used a vice to try to get out a slight warp)blew up my TV (hooked a vintage integrated tube amp up to its audio outs) burned my bare foot on the top plate of a "smokin'" Pass Aleph-3
Im sure there's more.
Tom is very correct,its a sick feeling!