Rumour busting: Shure M44-7 NOT discontinued
If you still prefer the feel of a vinyl DVS over a digital deck with a comparatively tiny platter, then you’re already used to the fact that you have much more to maintain than the guy with the controller next to you. The turntable itself is beastly, and does not do well by being moved around every night. It’s a small workout in itself trying to lug these things around. Once you have the gear where you want it, you also need to figure out what type of slipmat serves you best, as some are slip more than others. Finally you have to deal the parts of the equipment that actually make the noise: the record and the needle.
Even a control vinyl record can wear out over time (as do ALL vinyl records), and eventually need to be replaced – but the record isn’t much without a stylus to track the sound from its grooves. Yes, the needle is without a doubt, the most important part of the vinyl turntable system – and it also the weakest. If not cared for carefully they can break, and they’re pretty expensive to boot. Rumors were surfacing about Shure’s infamous M447 needle being discontinued, but thankfully this rumor has been put to rest.