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Offline aragorn723

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Stylus cleaner
« on: November 02, 2020, 03:26:28 PM »
Can anyone recommend a stylus cleaner?  I have owned a record player for a couple years now and haven't cleaned it yet  :P. Im sure this will make sound quality suffer a bit.

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Offline Tubejack

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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2020, 04:35:31 AM »
I've been happy with this. Several reviews and suppliers on line if you search.

ONZOW ZeroDust - Stylus Cleaner
https://www.amazon.com/ONZOW-ZERODUST-ZeroDust-Stylus-Cleaner/dp/B00ERPWAK2
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Offline Jay

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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2020, 03:31:08 AM »
I use a small square of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser stuck onto the end of a toothpick.
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Offline aragorn723

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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2020, 06:58:16 AM »
Good idea.  Wound up buying scotch mounting putty (similar to blu tack).  Saw another thread on this further down the forum.  Can't wait to hear a nice clean stylus!

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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2020, 04:03:23 AM »
I use a small square of Mr. Clean Magic Eraser stuck onto the end of a toothpick.
This does clean the stylus well.  However, do not wipe the stylus with it, just gently push the stylus into the pad a couple of times.
This pad is rough enough to ruin the stylus if you wipe or pull across the stylus with it.
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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2020, 01:04:26 PM »
I recommend this:

'winylcleaner'

Probably similar to other products like the Onzow.  Any of these firm jelly polymer products will make a huge difference. Just get something that has a reputation for not leaving any of itself on the stylus.  I have read some accounts of debris marring the vinyl, whether true or not I do not know for sure.  I would avoid paste / putty based products but thats me personally & I have no actual evidence to back it up.

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Offline Tubegopher

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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2020, 01:22:05 PM »
I have used some blu-tac on the bottom side of a
LAST stylus cleaner for a couple of years now and it works very well. I simply lightly press straight up onto the stylus and it removes all matter from the stylus without leaving any residue. I occasionally reform the blue tac to "clean" it.
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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2020, 06:57:23 AM »
Is that a Soundsmith needle on your Grace F-9?
For stylus cleaning I am mostly dipping in the Magic Eraser but also dry brushing with a Last style brush and once in a while I use the solution from the Disc Doctor which has minimal or no alcohol. I have used the Onzow as well and the Blue Tack. They all work well. I inspect my styli under a special DIY modified microscope which resembles the Shure stylus microscope. When using the magic eraser method and the records are clean that seems to work very well. When records are dirty the Magic Eraser gets to its limits though. Dipping after each side is essential otherwise dirt accumulates and then the dipping does not remove the crud only brushing with solution does. I have not done this inspection with the Blue tack method, should be an interesting comparison.
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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2020, 07:27:45 AM »
Yes, it is a Soundsmith ruby cantilever stylus. I had wondered for some time why Peter only made a replacement stylus for the Grace F9 cartridge. He is a master at rebuilding cartridges with a new stylus but only builds a complete stylus for the Grace F9. I had used a number of different moving coil cartridges over the years with a Bent Audio step up transformer.
My curiosity got the best of me and I bought one of Peters stylus for a Grace F9. No extra SUT in the line now and the sound is excellent. I am well satisfied with it.
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Re: Stylus cleaner
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2021, 03:25:50 AM »
A little late, but personally I don't like to brush the stylus: I know my hands aren't as steady as they once were. My record weight is about the same height as the record mat when it sits on the plinth. Like Tubegopher I use blu-tac. I prefer to just lower the stylus on to the blu-tac, flip the record, lift the tonearm, put the record weight on and spin the second side. Lots of tiny black specks tell you when it is time to flip or replace the blu-tac.
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