Best way to clean a needle...

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

  1. varyat

    varyat Active Member

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

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London
    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

    Location:
    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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    London
    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 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 Active Member

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    KW, Ontario
  7. JBStephens

    JBStephens I am not a "peep", thank you very much.

    Location:
    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

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

    Solvethebox Well-Known Member

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