I was looking through one of the cheap lighted loupes I bought off of the auction site. It's easy to inspect a stylus with one of those. I do have a new USB microscope around here somewhere. I will try to take some good photos later in the week and post them. I had one of these USB microscopes before, and for some reason my laptop will not connect with it anymore. I have not had much time to set up the new one yet. I am a cartridge collector of sorts. I do like the newer Audio Technica cartridges - quite a bit. I also have some of the older ATs that are phenomenal performers. However, I have all kinds of cartridges in my collection to include ADC, Acutex, ZYX, Shure, Sony, Denon, Ortofon, Concord, Stanton, Pickering, and Technics. The ART9 is my current favorite with the ART7 a close second.