I came across this recently while looking up comments on phono cartridges:
"Speaking of damping, Lucas High Performance Assembly Lube is an especially
handy lubricant to keep around the house. It works great in place of
silicone fluid, but can handle extreme pressure and heat, making it good for
bearing shafts, mechanical assemblages, and even engines."
Wonder if it would have as much, or more, tendency to migrate. That doesn't
sound like something I'd want happening to such high-cost equipment. The
Graham 1.5 unipivot I used to have required silicone fluid, which mostly
BTW, I did buy the AT 150. So far, I like it a lot. A bargain at around
$300. Works fine on my un-damped SME.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] SME tonearm question
On 21/03/2014, Kurt Nauck wrote:
> No, it is my understanding that the damped lift mech is not something
> you should ever have to recharge.
> What I'm referring to is an add-on dampening system that reduces
> lateral movement in the arm resulting in better tracking and quieter
Yes, it's a black plastic arc-shaped cup which is an add-on.
The silicone tends to wander over the years and spreads itself all over the
arm. The sticky surfaces then attract dust.
My SME arm is disgusting for this reason. But as I very seldom play vinyl
(or shellac) I haven't got around to sorting it out.
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