My personal demo Etna. Has less than 125 hours. I keep close track of my demo carts so this number is accurate. They seem to settle in at around 20 hours and get a little more open until the 60 hour mark. You will not tell this unit from new by looking at it.
I had this cartridge sent back to Lyra in Japan for a checkup. It just came back and it looks like new. Not a speck of dust or any traces of use. If I didn't know better, I'd say it is a new cartridge.
In any case, I will guarantee it to sound like new.
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