Shure’s M44-7 cartridge is legendary in the DJ community. Originally released in the 1960s, the company resurrected it in the ’90s after they realized that turntablists like the Invisibl Skratch Piklz were flying to Japan to snatch up the remaining stock.
But like any cartridge, the stylus on the M44-7 needs to be replaced from time to time. There are many cheap, third-party replacements on the market, mostly around $15. The problem is, they aren’t based on the M44-7 or similar M44-G stylus. Instead, they’re based on the M44C, which as Mojaxx puts it, is “aimed at jukeboxes.”
Jico’s replacement styli have surprised him, though. Handmade in Japan, the N44-7 and N44-G are “on a different level from your regular, generic replacements
Watch Mo’s review above.