This has probably come up before but I'm getting pretty desperate. Traded in my old hi-fi a while ago when I was in the money but now times aren't so great and I would hate to damage any of my gear without the cash to replace it.
My hi-fi is in a small room with books that line 2 walls, vinyl another. The air that gets pumped around from the stereo and TV equipment on the fourth wall means that dust is abundant; which is a problem regardless of the fact that the 2M range is extremely sensitive anyway - a piece of knowledge gained a few months after the purchase. I also smoke a lot.
My issue of course is regarding the use of cleaning products on my vinyl or cartridge. That Knosti stuff, so I've heard, leaves a residue that in any normal cartridge can build up and clog motors and even dissolve some glues. Considering the delicate nature of the 2M black stylus the residue will attack the audio quality sooner than on most other styluses. Some similar liquids have been known to clog up the grooves on records as well.
I'm about to give up on vinyl if the problem isn't fixed soon. Even after cleaning some vinyl with a carbon-fibre brush the cartridge is clogged and the audio is crummy before the first tune has finished playing. I've heard a small soft paintbrush can do the trick with stylus maintenance but I haven't even attempted it. It's a damned expensive mistake if I make it!
Any advice at all on cleaning vinyl and/or styluses, especially from those who own the 2M black, would be much appreciated.
Oh yeah, and if anybody is wondering (if it is important), these are my stats:
ATCSIA2150, ATC SCM19s, REGA P5/ORTOFON 2M BLACK/GRAHAM SLEE REFLEX