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Cleaning up an old cartridge

Hi All, It has been a long time since I have been here but getting the bug back to use the old Dual 521 and Yamaha YP 450 turntables.

Both tables have fairly new Grado cartridges but I have old Stanton L747 and Ortofon M20FL cartridges that I would love to try out.
My question is, how would I clean them to remove any old build up of oxidation to get the best I can out of these?

I priced out new replacement needles for both and I just can't afford to replace them right now. Should I just forget about trying to use these?
I can live with my Grado Blue and Green cartridges, but the Stanton and Ortofon cartridges intrigue me.

Thanks for any replies and suggestions.

Don

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Re: Cleaning up an old cartridge

You can buy stylus cleaner from places on-line like

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Re: Cleaning up an old cartridge

Thanks for the reply.
I have some stylus cleaner from Stanton and from a Discwasher D4 set. My first thoughts were to try something stronger, but what would ensure removal of just about anything on the stylus without damaging or leaving something on the stylus I couldn't get off.

I was going to order the Last Stylus cleaner so maybe I'll wait until that shows up in the mail and try that.

Thanks again,
Don

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Re: Cleaning up an old cartridge

I would not use a cartridge that is over ten years old without a new stylus assembly. Just as the rubber parts on your car dry out over time so do the rubber parts of the stylus suspension. This can lead to the stylus collapsing while playing a disc which turns the stylus into a chisel in the record groove. Buy a new stylus if you're truly interested in hearing what these older cartridges sound like. Carefully clean any oxidation from the cartridge pins on the back of the cartridge body.

Be very careful with stylus cleaners and stay away from any "extra strength" solutions. If you're dealing with a bonded stylus assembly, you can loosen the bonding agent with the stylus cleaning solution.

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Soundsmith will retip Stanton and Ortofon. See their site at Soundsmith Site. I've heard nothing but good things about their service. The issue will be, how well do you know these cartridges and is it worth your investment vs. buying something new. If knew and loved them in the past, then that's likely a fine investment, but if you're just guessing, then...

I bought their "The Voice Ebony" moving iron cartridge and find it "stunning."

Dave

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Thanks Jan and Dave.
I really needed all this input. I'm going to put them aside and if I ever come across the new replacement stylus at a price I can afford then I'll break them back out. As for now I'll stick with the new Grados since I really do enjoy them on the old Dual.

Thanks again,
Don

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