From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
record cancer or wear: I have yet to see internal material breakdown that
stops abruptly at some radius. On the other hand, if the record had been out
in the open for a year (and in the sun or with somebody smoking a year's
supply of big, fat cigars close to) with a 10" record on top, then I would
expect a difference in surface from the exposed rim and the protected inner
part. The haze you see would have to cover also the run-in area--we have not
The wear explanation I would believe. If the horrible sound stops instantly,
and if you can scratch back and forth (with a suitable pickup!!) to go from
bad to good to bad, then it is certain to be wear. And it would not be a worn
stylus, but a chipped one, most likely a diamond, rather than sapphire.
All belief and speculation would be avoided if we had proper photographs
available, and possibly a microscope photograph with correct lighting.
> You are suggesting that one pass with a very worn stylus produced this
> kind of greying? That seems kind of hard to fathom considering all
> the other anecdotal evidence that suggests that Mercury and Emarcy seem
> to exhibit this "record cancer" when almost no other labels do?
> I have seen many records that have been played by a worn stylus and are
> greying but none that I have ever seen, stop so abruptly as this record
> Don Chichester wrote:
> > In a message dated 11/30/2009 5:12:06 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> > [log in to unmask] writes:
> > Mike Gray wrote:
> >> Played with a *very* worn stylus that's damaged the groove -
> >> Groove wear is a potential culprit Mike but in this case it can be
> >> conclusively ruled out. This haze stops dead two thirds of the way
> >> through track 2 only on the first side. The worn stylus theory is
> >> simply not an option with a condition like this. I think it is far
> >> more likely to be some kind of mold, storage and/or pressing defect.
> > AA
> > My experience is that this exactly the cause of the haze. The former
> > owner played the record two-thirds of the way through track two--then
> > the wear and lifted the stylus at that point.
> > Don Chichester