I dont disagree with any of that Fringe... I have noticed that records I have played extensively with a slightly out of alignment stylus seem to have suffered no audible damage since the alignment was corrected. They instantly played back better and quieter. I wonder, if my cartridge had of been of lesser quality (Im using a 2m bronze), if then damage would have been worse. Sometimes I wonder if we slightly overstate the fragility of vinyl records. Maybe just a little?