The same thing has happened to me! Clumsy fingers! If you see no damage to the cantilever you should be good to go!
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They do tend to bounce when an accident happens. :(
It’s a horrible feeling and you have my sympathy.
Looking on the bright side, from what you describe, if you can still hear both channels as normal, then I doubt that any significant harm has been done.
This has happened to me on 2 occasions. Once by my own clumsiness when it bounced across a record during setup. The second was when a 4-year old (not even mine - the next door neighbours) ran headlong (with my daughter in pursuit) into the turntable knocking it backwards off the stand and causing the unsecured tonearm to fall and bounce. It was like a train crash in slow-motion. The cantilever ended up wedged in a small gap between the arm board and the top plate. “Ugh” is definitely the word.
The turntable was lifted back onto the table before I realised where the cantilever had parked itself.
All those years that my daughter respected the hi-if only to be undone by an outside force. :(
Just Twice? Shoot, I've been doing this since 1958 and I can't count how many times a tone arm has gotten away from me. Happened just the other day and with a Clearaudio Da Vinci no less. I've never had a cartridge damaged by this. It just looks a whole lot worse than it actually is. Keep on spinning:-)
Dropping the arm should not have damaged the cartridge. The sideways swipe might be more of an issue, but, if it sounds okay, you are probably fine. Under normal circumstances I don't see how this should ever happen. My operation is simple, I always leave the arm cued up. The only time I cue down is to play the record. I never rely on the arm being on the rest.