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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?

Thanks!
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pvc_to_pcm
post Jul 20 2011, 05:59
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QUOTE (System92 @ Jun 25 2011, 10:48) *
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?

Thanks!


This link may be of interest to you:

http://www.audioinvest.no/tt_vinyl/ttv_styl.htm

I have a microscope with a 500 x magnification and use it to check my various sylii regularly. You will see a malformation of the stylus tip shape using the microscope.

Distortion to higher frequency sinewave sounds (higher volume, higher piched piano sounds) is the best indication of wear of a stylus otherwise.

The microscope will also show you if dirt or debris has accumulated around the stylus tip and cantilever. Dirt is often the cause of distortion to sound.
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