Aaron Levinson wrote:
> You are suggesting that one pass with a very worn stylus produced this
> kind of greying? That seems kind of hard to fathom
Not if this is a styrene pressing rather than vinyl. I have seen
microgroove styrene pressings absolutely shredded when played by a 78
stylus or a stylus with a sharp facet. You haven't told us if this
pressing is vinyl or styrene.
> considering all
> the other anecdotal evidence that suggests that Mercury and Emarcy
> seem to exhibit this "record cancer" when almost no other labels do?
Funny thing is that many early Mercury and Emarcy pressings are styrene
when practically none others were. A few Harmony and many Gold/Silver
Crest LPs are also styrene, and Decca was using a slightly different
type of styrene in the late 50s. Most Columbia 45s were styrene.
Back-cueing them by DJs can kill the first seconds of these.
> 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 does.
Since most microgroove records are vinyl, I would expect that this would
be almost everybody's experience. But I have seen it happen.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> 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.
>> 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 noticed the wear and lifted the stylus at that point.
>> Don Chichester