I remember many years ago seeing an ad in Goldmine
for a guy that promised a superslick treatment for vinyl
which I think used powdered graphite as a way to fill
in tiny holes and crevices that are in the groove itself.
I was wary of putting graphite on my records at the time
and the idea still strikes me as somewhat questionable.

  Can anyone comment on the Silicone and/or Graphite
application procedure? By the way, the idea behind the
graphite was identical to what Mike mentions below, the
reduction of friction in the groove path.

I doubt that Dr. Goldman thinks this is a good idea.
And I am equally sure he has some sound reasons for that thought.

Anyone care to comment yea or nay on this question?


On May 23, 2004, at 6:09 PM, [log in to unmask] wrote:

> In a message dated 5/22/04 10:23:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
>> 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.