How do you clean your stylus?

sdcoomber

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I understand that IPA or Methanol will/may do damage to the cantilever mounting. But is there any reason why I cannot suspend a stylus in an ultrasonic cleaner (40Khz) using just distilled water to get some long term crud off?
 

jfrech

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I understand that IPA or Methanol will/may do damage to the cantilever mounting. But is there any reason why I cannot suspend a stylus in an ultrasonic cleaner (40Khz) using just distilled water to get some long term crud off?

What if that water somehow vibrates into the coils? I think the risk here isn't worth it. Plenty of years tested stylus cleaning methods and even some good fluids. I use a Onzo Zerodust and occasionally Lyra Stylus Performance Treatment every 10-15 LPs...the brush that comes with the Lyra SPT works great dry. I use that every LP side or two.
 

jn229

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Interesting thread. I have used an old dependable brush from an electric razor I bought in the early seventies, a carbon fiber brush from Discwasher (yup I am an old fart), an Ortofon carbon brush, Onzow and Magic Eraser. My hands are not steady therefore I do not like any cleaning method that is free hand. The ME is cut thin, glued to a washer for weight, to hold it steady, set on the platter and the cartridge lowered into it. The ME is my everyday cleaner.

Reading this thread I made another pandemic (boredom) purchase and bought the thin DS Audio ST-50, like the idea of it resting on the platter and the stylus lower in.
 

DasguteOhr

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Hello,
for hard dirt tpyewriters cleaner,and daily use dirt erasers work good.
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DetroitVinylRob

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Kick’in it ol’ school… remember DiscWasher?
Never quit liking this thing. Horsehair brush with a magnifying mirror.
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twitch

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I put it in the dishwasher on the 'gentle setting' ........ :eek:
 

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