MC phono cartridge lifespan (when not using)


I have bought a new Benz Wood SL and a few weeks after I have received a new Benz Glider as a gift. I have the Benz Wood mounted on my Ittok and really like the sound....I’d like to know if it is wise the keep a Glider as a spare/replacement when the Wood is worn out....That could be in 5 years or more.....so my question is really....will the Glider sound as it should in 5-10 years or will some parts deteriorate even when not using.... Suspension parts or oxidize coils or any other parts....Or should I simply sell it and buy something else when needed.....I know the Wood sound a bit better but I could live with the Glider as I had one before and loved it....
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The concern with shelf life has to do with the "rubber" suspension parts.  Some of these can change in characteristics with age.  That tendency increases with the level of pollutants, particularly ozone.  If I planned to keep a cartridge for a while, I would consider sealing it in an air-tight container.

That said, I know of a lot of people using 20-30 year old cartridges that are perfectly fine.  Koetsu, as a brand, comes to mind.  Another brand, Allaerte specifically touts, as a feature of their cartridges, the use of suspension elastomers that are well more than a hundred years old so that their characteristics are now quite stable.  I don't know about Benz specifically, but then again, I have not heard anything about their cartridges going prematurely bad, so I bet they can be held for quite some time.
Put it in a jar with a screw cap lid and keep in a cool, dark place - like vitamins!
The glider is a great cartridge.  Give it a try!
Yes .....to put my Glider in a jar is a great idea and should keep it fresh for many years.....and being that it is a great cartridge, I think I should keep it for when my Wood is worn or out for service....Maybe in 5 years these Glider won't be available or non affordable.

Would you people sell it or keep it....?????
I generally have had great luck with aged vintage cartridges, particularly MM and MI types.  But one could argue that I have no idea how those same cartridges sounded when they were brand new.  Nor are my ears and brain in the same shape they were in 30 years ago and more.  Nor do I have the same equipment I had back then; better stuff now.  I have two cartridges that I bought new, a Koetsu Urushi, now about 8 years old, and a Grado TLZ, now probably more than 30 years old.  I think both have lost a step or two or three over the years, but is that due to ordinary wear due to heavy use or to aging per se?  Quien sabe?

PS. I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I think the Glider is mediocre at best.  I have owned two and still have the second one I bought.  It would be on the bottom of my list of all cartridges I use now, if I used it at all, which I don't.  In general, I have not liked HOMC cartridges nearly as much as LOMC and MM/MI types. I have another HOMC, a Transfiguration Esprit, which I found to be superior to the Glider in all ways but still not up to my LOMC and MM/MI favorites.
I would be suspicious of any claims of using "100 Year old elastomers" as polymer chemistry had its start circa WWII, and the aging properties of natural rubber is not so good.
I have a few NOS Fidelity Research MCs. They're probably 35 years old, and every one is fine (with no special storage). So are MCs from Dynavector, Koetsu, Audioquest — but that's just a few brands, and one can't draw a sweeping conclusion from it. Van den Hul recommends storing his cartridges in your freezer! Sealed against moisture of course. 
Gary, your alternative — to sell it and buy a new one in 5-10 years — presumes they'll be available; be good; and have sane prices. I wouldn't presume that. 

Two great MC cartridges.... Everyone should have problems like that!

.... or you could just send me the spare one and I promise I'll look after it for you :-)

G
Gary, my bad. I had no idea there is now a low output Glider. None of my remarks would apply therefore.
I have a Glider (medium output) I bought in 1996, still sounds fine.
Inside room much longer than human can live approximate threshold 
NOS 80s cartridges are solid 
seen 70s cartridges with life left
The glider does a lot of things right. Are they the end all be all, no, but there are not many of those.
I own a Benz Glider and it was great.. for about four years.
Now it is lean sounding. If I play it a long time it gets slightly better than from cold, but not like it used to be. I got about 800 hours out it. So I am not mad.
On the other hand I own a Dynavector Ruby23 which is really old..
Like 40 years old and it still sounds wonderful
Will keep my Glider as a spare or replacement for when my Wood is done...maybe in 5 to 10 years from now they will not be avaiable or too expensive. Hope it sounds as good then?????