I have had the same experience with lacquers. Play them wet, then see if
there is not a glob of your record clinging to your stylus. The record
will never play properly again unless you wet it, and thus remove more
of the lacquer. So you lose record and stylus.
I have often wondered if there is some liquid that can be used for
playing a lacquer or shellac 78 to reduce surface noise without damage
to either record or stylus.
IIRC, Seth once said at a conference presentation that he had applied
pinch roller cleaner to a problem transcription and the results he
demonstrated proved his point. However, that was to a problem point on
the record, so I don't know if it was intended to reduce surface noise
as much as clean that problem area.
On 12/18/2013 3:05 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> You cannot play shellac records wet, or even damp. Shellac discs will
> eventually dissolve in water, and by playing them wet you are allowing
> the stylus to gouge out some nice soft shellac. Once played wet a
> shellac record will never play properly dry again.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]