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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Quote Originally Posted by Double-D View Post
    David.......I use Zerodust. It' simple to use and works very well to keep the stylus spotless. I just lower the stylus onto the Zerodust, then raise it back up. That's it.
    Even with M.E., I use the queuing control because I don't trust my hands.

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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Onzow Zerodust on every record turn. Nothing else. It is recommended the safeset way is to dunk only... but many of us push with our confidently steady hands.
    Dunk only for me. My hands are definitely not confidently steady.
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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicDirector View Post
    Yes, but you want to make sure you get the plain original/standard version.
    One four brick box will last you for at least a decade. You cut a small square from a brick, say 1 to 1.5 inches. I got little plastic containers with lids and cut to size. Then use the same way you would a zerodust.
    I'm honestly surprised. The Zerodust costs virtually nothing and lasts a very long time. You're talking about cartridges that cost sometimes thousands of dollars , its amazing anyone would want to take the risk. I have 10 tonearm/cart combos and the Zerodust is pretty much all I use. Liquids are a no-no - since they can travel up the cantilever and as far as the brush is concerned its all too easy to damage the suspension using this.

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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    If you already clean your records with a Record Cleaning Machine you really don't need anything except for a small brush to wipe any fluff off from time to time.
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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Zerodust - why didn't I think of that?
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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Quote Originally Posted by Double-D View Post
    David.......That's it. Cut a square about one inch out of the Magic Eraser and glue it to a quarter. The coin will give it weight and make it easier to move under your stylus. If your are worried about scratching the turntable plinth with the quarter put a small piece if sticky-back felt on the bottom of the quarter.
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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Quote Originally Posted by XV-1 View Post
    If you already clean your records with a Record Cleaning Machine you really don't need anything except for a small brush to wipe any fluff off from time to time.

    I had not considered that but you have a point. My vinyl is really clean. Between using a VPI HW27 Typhoon, Audio Desk and a Klaudio. They are fairly clean! I've yet to need to clean the stylus. I just assumed I can not see the debris.

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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Even so, we don't play records in a vacuum. There are many forms of particulates, most of which are oily excretions that flake off our bodies and vacate our orifices.
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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobolaclune View Post
    I'm honestly surprised. The Zerodust costs virtually nothing and lasts a very long time. You're talking about cartridges that cost sometimes thousands of dollars , its amazing anyone would want to take the risk. I have 10 tonearm/cart combos and the Zerodust is pretty much all I use. Liquids are a no-no - since they can travel up the cantilever and as far as the brush is concerned its all too easy to damage the suspension using this.
    I'm not clear what you are getting at or getting from what I said.
    Just to be sure though, I never even inferred that the zerodust doesn't last or that it was in some way an inferior product. I'm even picking one up myself now that it can be easily had. I only commented on Magic Eraser in particular in a direct answer to a direct question from the OP. The only mention of zerodust was regarding the way one uses magic eraser. I also never stated that one should only use magic eraser. I happen to use magic eraser since I did not have a zerodust and both work essentially the same way only the zerodust is stickier while the M.E. uses a different material.
    It has never been proven that using magic eraser is taking a risk or any more risk than using zerodust. The only risk there is and it's the same for both, is misuse or careless use of them and the results would be the same.
    I'll soon have both M.E. and Zerodust, so what is the problem.
    I totally agree about liquids too. In fact, the other risk with those I was thinking about is the way the stylus is mounted, such as the bonding agent used and what interaction the chosen liquid may have with it. I see liquids as the big risk and it don't matter if it's a $5000 Lyra or a $100 Ortofon or whatever. Who wants to damage an uber expensive cart and stylus or purchase a less expensive cart/stylus every 3 months because the liquid did something?

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    Re: Stylus Care: What's Your Method

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Even so, we don't play records in a vacuum. There are many forms of particulates, most of which are oily excretions that flake off our bodies and vacate our orifices.
    Also the particulates in the air in our homes from the kitchen and any pets and if there is a smoker and and all manner of stuff that land on the record when you take it out of the sleeve to play it, especially if you like to play without the dust cover on. Even regular "dry" dust is not so dry, it mixes with the other particulates that are sticky and that what makes some dust fall faster due to the extra weight from other particulates. (This is one reason I don't use the air dry in the dish rack method).

    No cause for paranoia. It may be that the needle picks nothing up, especially if one also does a dusting brush before or after playing a record, it's still considered a best practice to take care of the stylus while your up.

 

 
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