Stylus is user replaceable on all vintage and modern MM and MI cartridges.
Walter O. Stanton is the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus. In the late 1940’s Mr. Stanton’s slide-in stylus made it possible for users to replace a needle assembly when it wore out, instead of having to send it back to the factory. Audiophiles snapped them up for home use, and the invention became one of the basics in phonograph cartridge design. But Mr. Stanton was as much a salesman as he was an engineer. In 1950, he bought Pickering & Company, the audio component manufacturer that first sold his patented stylus. A decade later he founded another company, Stanton Magnetics, which was one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges that improved sound quality and allowed for a less-expensive product in the 1970’s. Both companies had operations in Plainview, N.Y., and West Palm Beach, FL.