Cat may have hurt my stylus

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Jack Minor, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Jack Minor

    Jack Minor New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Greeley, Colorado
    I was playing a vinyl record this morning and forgot to put the top cover down. My cat jumped onto the moving record and was there for a few seconds before i could get him. The record was not moving or moving very little but the stylus was still on the album. He was not on the stylus arm.

    When I got him off the needle lightly skipped over the grooves making a small scratching sound. I have attempted to adjust the weight but the sound is now badly distorted. Also, there is a very narrow window on the weight where it plays at all. At the beginning of the record it will skip over the grooves after several seconds but towards the end it stays in the groove but still plays distorted.

    I am thinking that this somehow damaged the stylus.

    Does anybody think it could be something else?
     
  2. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Mine ruined a AT 150MLX, it was all it took to knock the styli from it's glue. You probably lost yours as well.
    All was forgiven... And a costly lesson learned :)
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  3. Jack Minor

    Jack Minor New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Greeley, Colorado
    Thanks. I can forgive my kitty as well. He was one of a litter of 14 born on a farm in rural Wyoming. One sibling died when a cow stepped on her and broke her back. Another one disappeared and we think a eagle or coyote got him. My daughter nursed this one back to health. He was very sickly when he was little and had a very bad case of worms. He is currently living with four other cats and is the runt.
     
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  4. 5-String

    5-String Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sunshine State
    My cats have cost me about $3000 in stereo and guitar cables, they love to chew them. :sigh:
     
  5. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Oh man, My grandfather kept them around for rodent control on his dairy farm, witnessed all sorts of natures trial and tribulations, good luck with them.
    Cat's love em...
     
  6. timind

    timind Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brownsburg, IN USA
    My daughter recently moved back home and brought a cat (Stella) with her. I'm waiting for my reaction when (seems inevitable) Stella attcks my Vandersteens.
     
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  7. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    :laugh:
    My covers never had a chance being installed...
     
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  8. Summerisle

    Summerisle Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle, WA, USA
    My cat Scratch knocked over a speaker and the side firing drive was ripped open by a crate of records. Still love my cat even after the incident.
     
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  9. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    I love cats but this is why I don't own one.
     
  10. padreken

    padreken Active Member

    Location:
    San Diego
    Oh, it'll happen-trust me. My wife ended up making me some zippered covers out of black felt and some piping for my 2ce signature II's-we dubbed them Vandersocks. All well and good, but I can still see all those fabric pulls up close. I'm hoping to one day leverage this into a pair of Treo CT's.
     
  11. Combination

    Combination Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Orleans

    They really do say that spraying something orange scented on those socks will keep 'em away - can't hurt you to try it!
     
  12. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

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    “Please follow Sir Brad. He’s going to give you a private tour of the Pit of Misery.”

    "Pit of Misery! Dilly, Dilly!"

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  13. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

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    Mass
    Time for a dog.
     
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  14. cyclistsb

    cyclistsb Forum Resident

    It will happen, they look like giant cat scratching towers. Mine survived a few months but not without fret and lots of preventative measures. I found these spiky fences at a 99 cent store that I made a fortress around my 3a signature speakers. However it found a way around them but didn't cause any long term damage. Audiophiles and cats don't mix...
     
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  15. The FRiNgE

    The FRiNgE Forum Resident

    That stylus is gone, I'm afraid. Madam the cat jumped on my AR with a Signet AM-20, I panicked, (she froze as the platter stopped) I picked her up said "No, No place for the kitty cat". She never attempted again. Many cats love music, certainly Madam did.
     
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  16. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    We have 5 cats and a dog along with a Rabbit that thinks its a cat so he spends a lot of his time out and about. I have one music room so the animals are strictly forbidden; Rabbits and cats love to chew cables and i dont want to replace any of my gear!! Its "open house" everywhere else
     
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  17. timind

    timind Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brownsburg, IN USA
    The stereo is in a dedicated room in which Stella has been banned. I try to keep the door closed at all times. Every once in a while I'll notice the door is open and cringe before walking in for an inspection.
     
  18. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    i know that feeling!!
     
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  19. Claude Benshaul

    Claude Benshaul Well-Known Member

    My cat was allowed to do everything and he liked to sleep on the TT.
     
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  20. Aftermath

    Aftermath Forum Resident

    I remember years ago our cat Red sprayed dad's Infinity speakers. Not a happy time. :sigh:
     
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  21. Sid Hartha

    Sid Hartha Forum Resident

    Location:
    The Midwest
    I've never had a problem with my little fellas.
     
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  22. drh

    drh Talking Machine

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  23. RDriftwood

    RDriftwood Forum Resident

    Location:
    Midwestern US
    Me neither.
     
  24. RDriftwood

    RDriftwood Forum Resident

    Location:
    Midwestern US
    Beautiful cat!
     
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  25. The FRiNgE

    The FRiNgE Forum Resident

    I discovered weeks after my first cat adopted me (she was semi-feral) kitties do not like to be commanded (a dog welcomes it) but respond to teaching and gentle reprimands/ reminders. My cat was so well behaved, I carried her into the vet waiting room on my shoulder (as she clutched my neck) Madam sat next to me proudly, as she observed the surroundings and other pets on leashes and in carriers. A leashed dog sometimes overwhelmed in curiosity, tugged to meet Madam, and sometimes did. They would meet nose to nose, although nervously since she disliked dogs... known to attack them. (not a good idea entirely for her own safety and others) If the wait was long, she grew anxious. "Madam, Stay!" and she did, or was permitted to explore the plants in the bay window area. My vet loved Madam. The receptionist always commented in amazement, in particular to her obedience. She was perhaps not so exceptional. The learning curve after she adopted me, was mine.
     
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