In a message dated 5/22/04 10:23:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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> to manually correct skips or sticks on microgroove records?

Many years ago when I used to get unsleeved LPs that had been shuffled
through stacks of 78s at S.A. thrift stores, I used to condition them by playing
them at 78 rpm with a heavily weighted low compliance 3 mil cartridge. After a
few such passes I could get many to play through, though I'm sure this did not
really improve their value.

Lately I've found, subjectively, that LPs tend to skip or repeat much less if
they are treated with silicone lubricant.  My theory is that the reduced
friction makes the groove defect less likely to provide enough force to throw the
stylus out of the groove.

Mike Csontos.