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stylus colour

Post by mickdale » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:13 pm

ok not exactly LP12 but concerning the stylus...
Ive got a newish cartridge with about 50 hours on it.
The stylus colour is light grey but ive just lookd at it under 10 x magnification and the lower half of the tip is black.
I have been using the vinyl passion dust buster which is black but surely it wouldn't leave the tip black?

Experiencing slight sibilance on the treble so checked out the stylus...

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Re: stylus colour

Post by Coyote Jim » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:51 pm

mickdale wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:13 pm
ok not exactly LP12 but concerning the stylus...
Ive got a newish cartridge with about 50 hours on it.
The stylus colour is light grey but ive just lookd at it under 10 x magnification and the lower half of the tip is black.
I have been using the vinyl passion dust buster which is black but surely it wouldn't leave the tip black?

Experiencing slight sibilance on the treble so checked out the stylus...

Hi.
Doesn't have to be an LP12 question we all try to help whatever the make. :smt023
Can you tell us the make and type of the cartridge. :smt017
It sounds possibly like some residue of sorts is gumming up your stylus tip so perhaps a pass with a carbon stylus cleaning brush from back to front may dislodge the offending matter.
I've never used any wet or paste type cleaner only ever a dry brush.
It does seem like a debris build up and this will certainly cause unpleasantness.
Hope this helps. 8) :smt023
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Re: stylus colour

Post by mickdale » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:39 pm

hello
its an audio technical VM 740 ML
cheers

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Re: stylus colour

Post by LD100 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:39 am

There are various methods of bonding the diamond to the cantilever, but from this photograph of a AT VM 740 ML,
I don't see any dark coloration and/or matter at the base of the diamond, so I concur with Coyote Jim as to the use of a cleaning brush to remove any debris from the stylus.

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Re: stylus colour

Post by Craig Lang » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:38 pm

How often do you dunk your stylus in your pot of black stuff?
Personally I wouldn't use that stuff. :smt018

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Re: stylus colour

Post by Mr Onion » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:33 pm

I haven't used the VP 'gel' but I do use the ZeroDust which uses the same principal. I can not see how either could leave any residue that would discolour the stylus.

Maybe its a light refraction effect. I seem to remember seeing something similar on a cart many years ago.
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Re: stylus colour

Post by Craig Lang » Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:54 pm

Mr Onion wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:33 pm
I haven't used the VP 'gel' but I do use the ZeroDust which uses the same principal. I can not see how either could leave any residue that would discolour the stylus.

Maybe its a light refraction effect. I seem to remember seeing something similar on a cart many years ago.
Depending on how it's being used it could be coating up the muck on the tip if nothing else IE a quality brush is being used.
A SQ tip.
Remove the swing stylus guard .

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