I had an original needle that was crying out for a change. I did a long investigation regarding the manufacture of the needles, especially because Shure no longer manufactures them directly. The journey was long, especially because I'm from Chile ... So after a long time of waiting, the needle comes in a well insured box, the assembly in the capsule is impeccable, and the sound, totally changed in a positive way. It brings out the layers, recovers the bass, the agonising "raspiness" of the previous needle is gone and the absolute silence is back. I admit that it is a bit expensive, but I hope this replacement will last for a long time. The purchase process was expeditious and they advised me very well via email to make sure that the replacement was the right one. Thank you very much!!!