Stylus Care


 

The stylus should always be cleaned before each side is played. 

This is most important for record life and only takes seconds.

A word of warning before you start. The suspension holding the cantilever should never be subjected to more pressure than normal tracking force.
Make sure the tone arm is not in the locked position!!

 

What you need:

Tight Pile Stylus Brush  

 

         GroOove Lube

 

 Make sure the arm is floating and only normal tracking force is applied.  Place a couple of drops of GroOove Lube on a Tight Pile brush. Brush the stylus from back to front a few times.

It is now clean. The GroOove lube also lubricates the styles for maximum life.

 To clean the brush, spray the stylus brush with Super Solution and clean with the Jet hose. Reapply the GroOove Lube.

 You only need to use a carbon fiber brush to remove dust settlement from the LP.


The master record cutting lathe moves in a stright line. Obviously the best method of recovering the groove information is to memic the lathe. A tangent tracking tonearm is expensive and extreamely fussy.

The reason older turntables (also todays less expensive) use 9 inch arms is: the overall size grows thus the cost and the turntable may not fit the average component rack.

The 12 inch radial arm is 3 inches longer than the 9 inch. This difference as shown in the diagram above (it may look like a small amount but when dealing in microns it is huge) relates to about 25% less tracking distortion. The longer the arm the shallower the arc.

One difference is the 12 inch arm's moment of inertia is slightly higher due to the extra length of the arm tube. But the arm tube is extremely light. The effective mass of the 12 inch is very close to the 9, the reason is effective mass is derived by a complicated equation that uses mass and inertia. If your turntable will accept a 12 inch arm the proformance difference will be very apparent. When you are ready to move to a 12 inch arm look at the PolyTable SUPER12 or the Merrill-Williams 101.3