Best way to clean a needle...

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by lucan_g, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. varyat

    varyat Forum Resident

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    wheaton,IL,USA
    The MoFi cleaner is good, Lyra SPT is better...
     
  2. richbdd01

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

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    I just let it go into the blu tax about 4 times after every couple of sides. My needle is always spotless, although I don’t buy a lot of used records. I feel more safe than using a wet cleaner.
     
  3. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

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    Brooklyn New York
    I do the blu-tak thing every 10 LPs or so. I'd be nervous to do it with more frequency. I clean and play lots of used records.
     
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  4. richbdd01

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

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    No need to be nervous. From what I gather, liquid is more harmful. Also, if you are using it every 10 LPs then your needle is going to be accumulating too much dirt imo...
     
  5. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    I can't imagine paying $17 for a special stylus cleaner. I buy small bottles of 99% alcohol, it is an excellent solvent that will quickly evaporate and will not leave a residue. That and a small amount of Blu-tak should be all that you ever need.

    Follow KT88's advice, and do not drench the cantilever with alcohol. Let it sit for a minute or two before using.

    It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on specialty cleaning products.

    It's also not a bad suggestion, to start with clean records.
     
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  6. Jelloalien

    Jelloalien Stylus Genie

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    Toronto, Ontario
  7. JBStephens

    JBStephens I don't "like", "share", "tweet", or CARE.

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    South Mountain, NC
    The best I've ever used is

    Stylus Cleaner

    Easy, safe, effective. I even wore out my first one. And after a few years the accululated stylus "gunk" is quiet amazing.
     
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  8. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

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    Brooklyn New York
    Well, I brush and ME with more frequency. Every 10 LPs seems ok with the blu-tak.
     
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