Worn/scratched records vs stylus life?

RSand

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I've always been of the belief damaged/scratched/crackly records wear the stylus faster. Is this right?

For some bizarre reason my wife thought it would be a good idea to invite someone round and bring their dad's old records so he can listen to them. My first word were "why the fk did you say that, I don't want old scratched records knackering my stylus" I'm now wonderingis there any truth in this belief I've held for over 3 decades

 

minorrevival

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Not sure if the scratches do anything but the ground-in dirt, dust, hand-grease and cigarette smoke probably will. No one else's records get played on my turntable. :D

 

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I've always been of the belief damaged/scratched/crackly records wear the stylus faster. Is this right? For some bizarre reason my wife thought it would be a good idea to invite someone round and bring their dad's old records so he can listen to them. My first word were "why the fk did you say that, I don't want old scratched records knackering my stylus" I'm now wonderingis there any truth in this belief I've held for over 3 decades
How do you know he didn't look after them.

Assuming he didn't :-

Clean them before you play them.

If you think about the pressures involved you will see that the crud on a dirty record will act as an abrasive where it is trapped between the stylus and record surface when playing.. the scratches will cause more damage if it causes mistracking but otherwise fine scratches you just hear the noise.

 

la toilette

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HiFi Trade?
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Most of my vinyl has come from car boots and 2nd hand shops, so plenty are well worn or a bit scratched and I only started using cleaning solution about 3 years ago.....certainly not gonna stop playing them :) .

 

bandit pilot

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Most of my vinyl has come from car boots and 2nd hand shops, so plenty are well worn or a bit scratched and I only started using cleaning solution about 3 years ago.....certainly not gonna stop playing them :) .
Likewise. I used to worry about it, but now I just listen and enjoy.

 

AGrail

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The Styli bummer

1) Deciding it's time for a new styli.

2) New cart gets bought (Or cart is sent off to be re-tipped)

3) Favorite records sound rough

4) Here comes the bummer....The new cart is fine the old cart has damaged the groves

 

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