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System92
post Jun 25 2011, 01:48
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Hey,

They say it required to change a stylus after so many hours of play, but how do you keep track of said time? Do you keep a timer near the turntable and clock its play time? Do you guess it, or simply judge by the look/sound of the needle?

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AndyH-ha
post Jun 26 2011, 05:06
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something like that might work pretty well, if you consider it worth the cost, but motor time and stylus time can be quite different on some TTs.
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kraut
post Jun 26 2011, 08:03
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QUOTE (AndyH-ha @ Jun 25 2011, 21:06) *
something like that might work pretty well, if you consider it worth the cost, but motor time and stylus time can be quite different on some TTs.


That is definitely a possibility - if I run the motor without playing a record, what I sometimes do to keep all parts in running condition, or on an automatic player where the run time of the motor might slightly exceed the stylus time.
Overall I cannot conceive this to be a major problem.

I also am convinced from experience that the useable time for a stylus is much more than the advertised hours.
In the past I used systems for several years playing typically 2 hours/day for at least 200 days a year (no TV, just records and reading) for up to ten years without detrimental results.
I used to and am still playing wet (except for the sl 10) on my other three players, which through cooling of the stylus while playback and lubrication likely enhances lifetime.

BTW - the stylus was still ok when after 15 years I reinstalled the TT and used the same stylus for another 100 hours or so. I then (a ortofon mm system) replaced it with a used shure V15VxMR.
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