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    How much damage does stylus skating across the label do?

    Whenever this happens, I wonder how much damage it has done, and if I need to replace my stylus.

    On my Audio Technica, it happens once or twice a year ...

    Turbo
    "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

  • #2
    Well, it won't do it much good, but provided you do not leave it there for more than a few seconds I very much doubt the wear would be of significance. Although the paper is abrasive, we are talking about a diamond after all. I would be more concerned at the cantilever getting bent.
    "THIS IS A FINE TAPE AND BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF YESTERYEAR WHEN THE MUSIC WORLD WAS GOOD AND NOT FOULED UP BY THE LONG HAIR SCURVES WHO JUST BEAT WILDLY ON ANYTHING AND COME UP WITH A LOT OF STUPID NOISE THat only damnfools and liars say they like it"

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    • #3
      That's the annoying thing about a player that doesn't take the stylus off automatically. So you're saying that the diamond is hard enough to prevent damage, I guess.
      Does it occur because the record has been poorly pressed? (Wish I could remember which LP it was now ...)
      "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Turboellis View Post
        That's the annoying thing about a player that doesn't take the stylus off automatically. So you're saying that the diamond is hard enough to prevent damage, I guess.
        Does it occur because the record has been poorly pressed? (Wish I could remember which LP it was now ...)
        In my case it'll usually occur because it's a Jamaican 45 on which the label-what there is of it- has been applied completely off-centre, resulting in the label becoming part of the run-out groove.
        Last edited by Shere Khan; 29-12-2019, 12:29 PM.
        "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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        • #5
          Yes, I can see how that would lead to stylus label excavation. I often only play records once or twice while ripping them, so I can't quite remember which LP it happened on recently. I must check the label placing next time it happens.
          "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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          • #6
            Happened again today, while I had nipped out of the room so the stylus was on the label for about 20 seconds. Ouch!

            Put my 25x magnifying specs on and had a look. Nothing bad I could see but not quite enough magnification.

            Got the Mrs to take a photo on her new camera, and zoomed as far in as we could. Nothing bad we could see.

            According to the Steve Hoffman forums, when the stylus is chipped or otherwise damaged, you can hear it.

            I put the cartridge back on and played another side of Takemitsu. Sounded absolutely beautiful.

            I think it's OK.

            "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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            • #7
              https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154586163...wAAOSwsm5hCD1S

              try one of these , when your arm hits that vertical wire it auto lifts it, fits on to the plinth as would a dust sweep arm

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              • #8
                I might get around to doing that. It would be one less reason to launch a fountain of expletives at inanimate objects. Thanks for the suggestion reza . Have you used one?
                "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Turboellis View Post
                  I might get around to doing that. It would be one less reason to launch a fountain of expletives at inanimate objects. Thanks for the suggestion reza . Have you used one?
                  yes on a few turntables over the years , Audio Technica make the best one , not cheap though , maybe look for a s/h one

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by reza View Post

                    yes on a few turntables over the years , Audio Technica make the best one , not cheap though , maybe look for a s/h one
                    My turntable is Audio Technica. Looking at the prices over here, the AT one might be cheapest.

                    "White paper inner sleeve is pristine ..."

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