I think the only time you'd do this -- EVER -- would be if you cannot dial your tonearm heavy enough
to track a very badly warped record. And I think you'd be better off investing in a couple of plates
of 13"x13" glass and putting the record in an oven on the WARM setting and no higher for an hour or
two and then turning the oven off and letting it cool to room temp. The top plate of glass should be
heavier than the bottom plate, so gravity can be your ally. I'd much rather take measures on the
vinyl than on the cartridge and tonearm.
A record that is warped or has a crack that skips the needle out of the groove is very bad for your
cartridge and stylus. Consider if it's worth playing. I do not think that weighing down the
cartridge -- particularly out of the dial-in range of a decent tonearm -- will make crackly records
play better. Rather, I'd think you'd collapse the groove wall or drive the needle down to the bottom
of the groove and pick up more crackle.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Lou Judson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] De-static question
Dime or dallar makes a big difference. I know you gotta do what you
gotta do. I think I remember a dime weighing one gram, a penny 2.5, a
nickel 5 grams. I may be making that up but I seem to recall those
figures from my Lp days...
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Feb 12, 2006, at 8:17 AM, David Lennick wrote:
> Desperate times called for desperate measures. Definitely not something I'd do
> as a matter of course, and certainly not to my own records unless I had no
> other way to get one last play out of them, but actually it did no harm..a dime
> isn't going to add THAT much weight, just enough to get the tip down a little
> deeper, and the next play always sounded perfect. I was there.