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Played with a *very* worn stylus that's damaged the groove -

Mike Gray

Aaron Levinson wrote:
> I own an otherwise flawless copy of the following LP:
>
> Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street
> Mercury MG-36070 (Black and Silver "Drummer" Label)
>
> While the overall condition is quite nice the A side of the record has 
> what appears to be a grey haze (when viewed from an angle) that covers 
> all of the first track and two thirds of the second track, the rest 
> has a typical bright gloss. The hazed portion plays terribly with a 
> lot of background noise, when the haze ends the record instantly 
> sounds beautiful. What is this, what caused this and can it be cured? 
> My guess is that It cannot which is a shame. Luckily, I have another 
> very clean Japanese pressing to listen to. Has anyone else encountered 
> this before and if so what were your conclusions?
>
> Thanks in advance and I hope everyone in the US had a restful holiday 
> weekend,
>
> AA