I have looked with an optical microscope at records before and after VPI cleaning. Chunky dust as
shown in those photographs can be greatly reduced by wet-brush cleaning and vacuum-drying as is done
by the VPI and several other brand machines. I also looked at records cleaned with DiscWasher
(original brush and fluid) and the new velvet brush and fluid sold under the "stanton" brand. Both
left clumps of dust, wherever the brush was rolled backward and taken off the record. I also looked
at a record cleaned with Sleeve City's spray-on fluid and their "shammy" type cloth. Not only was
dust left, there were visible small scratches caused by the cloth. My conclusion was, I only want to
use the VPI machine.
Also, regarding syluses, I'm a big believer in that relatively new Japanese thing that's basically a
blob of tacky gel. You lower the stylus onto the gel blob and let it sit a few seconds, then use the
lifter arm to take it up. Dust on the stylus stays on the block of gel. The gel is water-washable
and I recommend washing it regularly. Stylus dry-brushes of the type that come included with some
cartridges work OK but don't dislodge all dust. I still have some old LAST fluid and brush from the
80s and it does a nice job of cleaning crud off the stylus and cantilever. I use that after every
couple dozen sides.
-- Tom Fine
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] VINYL AND STYLUS AT 1000X MAGNIFICATION
> Victor Campos wrote an article, "Gunk in the Grooves," that was in an
> American Record Guide in the 1960s. He published a group of photographs
> with it that were groove close-ups of great quality (on coated paper),
> showed all kinds of dirt problems and discussed their solutions (if that's
> the proper word.) This is well before Disc Doctor came to the rescue, of
> Steve Smolian
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> Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 2:22 PM
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> On 11/11/2014, Carl Pultz wrote:
>> Pretty neat images. Makes it that much more amazing that records work
>> at all.
> Not sure about the first two, but the third picture is a scanning electron
> microscope image that has been around for decades.
> Certainly worth pointing out for those who haven't seen them.
> Don Cox
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