One compressed air aerosol coming right up....Gel pad had been used already. And made no difference as the crud was not on the diamond but the cantilever.
been eyeing up some upgrades yesterday. Ortophon do an exchange system which I may take up.
Odd, I don't think I have ever seen a cartridge in that state after so little playing, certainly when they are new and cleaned LP's.This was after 4-5 brand new LPs. Carbon brushed. Then damp padded with the AT6012. Which has been fine. Do have an OKKI NOKKI for others. But I don’t think that would have pulled this crud out of the grooves.
But he has cleaned them, with brush and /or Okki Nokki (which is a RCM) so don't really see point of your post.RCM record cleaning machine , remove dirt at source
pointless buying records without cleaning them 1st
new & used records should be cleaned before playing , sound better , longer stylus lifespan , reduce static , pops etc
Ouch......,I've found that a lens brush, which is soft, applied between cantilever at its base, and cartridge body, then using a twisting motion, brush the detritus away. Some downward pressure allied towards the cartridge body helps.
As I have a Nagaoka cartridge, Al, I remove the stylus, and have plenty of access to gently apply the lens brush to the base of the cantilever, to remove dust from the body without actually touching the cantilever, and thus well away from the stylus. I have used this method a few times, with no damage.Ouch......,
I would loathe to do that with my cartridges
That's £1300 per litre! Isopropanol can be had for less than a fiver per litre on Amazon and, useful for much more than just stylus cleaning.
Yes, it’s an expensive way to buy the raw ingredients, but the ‘added value’ is the included brush, the handy-sized bottle, and the reassurance that it’s come from one of the leading cartridge manufacturers. And it’s much cheaper than pot of goo that needs careful handling to avoid wrecking your stylus.That's £1300 per litre! Isopropanol can be had for less than a fiver per litre on Amazon and, useful for much more than just stylus cleaning.
EDIT: From an Audio Technica pdf, "Ingredients: Water, Ethanol, Isopropyl alcohol, alcohol propyl-n. "
So basically, water and alcohol.