Tracking force expressed in grams is not an *a priori* value as each
different pickup's moving system achieves ideal compliance at different
forces. As a rule-of-thumb, too light a tracking force is far more
destructive to the grooves of a disc than a heavier one, assuming the
playback system is correctly set up. Comparison and experimentation are
absolutely necessary to achieve the best playback results. Furthermore,
ideal tracking force varies among the several stylus assemblies for the
same cartridge. The more robust cantilever required for broad groove
shellac, aluminum lacquer, and vinyl discs requires a higher tracking
force that would be unsuitable for a stereo Lp. Anti-skating, and stylus
size and shape are additional factors for consideration. Whether playback
is intended for preservation or entertainment purposes, the foregoing
parameters must all be taken into account.
On Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 12:40 PM Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yeah, certainly! Of course. But people on this list are generally
> transferring for archival, not playing DJ, I imagine. Only the best
> reproduction would be appropriate for that! I wonder if the original poster
> knows that, or perhaps is a DJ and not an archivist…
> I am proably off base in the entire thread, so will cease.
> But I will say that the first “record wrecker” I got for my 14th birthday
> did indeed score and distort the dozen records I got wiith it. I can still
> hear in my mind’s ear the awful screeching imparted to Bach’s Greatest Hits
> by that cheapo record player/wrecker! But that was a ceramic cart, and a
> painful lesson. So I do knwo this first hand!
> But thanks, Bob.
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> > On Nov 8, 2019, at 8:37 AM, Robert Cham <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Lou,
> > In my experience, which includes many student and community stations,
> where DJs can’t keep their hands off the adjustments, is that too light
> tracking is the real record wrecker. Light tracking force frequently
> causes mistracking in which the stylus resonates in the groove, tearing up
> the groove walls. That distortion is with you for the life of the record.
> > Bob
> >> On Nov 7, 2019, at 5:31 PM, Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> I’m curious, and probably ignorant, but why would archvists be using
> narrow spherical sylkii that track at 4 - 5 grams? I would consider these
> record wreckers! They are for DJs in clubs, not delicate transfer of
> precious recordings…
> >> … Unless they are for worn or difficult to track records.
> >> ???
> >> <L>
> >> Lou Judson
> >> Intuitive Audio
> >> 415-883-2689
> >>> On Nov 7, 2019, at 12:33 PM, Chris Bishop <[log in to unmask]>
> >>> I've ordered Jico replacements for a Shure cartridge and found them to
> >>> close in quality. Jico makes Stanton replacements, and LP Tunes
> carries a
> >>> large stock of Jico styli.
> >>> On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 1:42 PM Lou Judson <[log in to unmask] <mailto:
> [log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> >>>> This is why I bought three of the real ones beore they went out of
> >>>> production… 6081EEE Glad I did.
> >>>> <L>
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