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Stylus Brushes

Discussion in 'audio' started by fegs, Mar 13, 2022.

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    If that is anything like as good and reliable as the AT637 it is worth every penny of the asking price IMO. My 637 is likely the best hi-fi accessory I’ve ever bought and I've had 40+ years use out of it so far. The pad still looks brand new!
    ask and fegs like this.
  2. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I know it's a cliche but getting a half decent vacuum record cleaner has been my biggest upgrade in years. I buy lots of second hand vinyl and it's a relief to not have to worry about gunged up stylii!
  3. Guinnless

    Guinnless pfm Member

    It's one of those dilemmas, if I don't buy at the low price will my AT637 pack up after the price goes up? :)
  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I have a backup AT637!
    Guinnless likes this.
  5. sq225917

    sq225917 Bit of this, bit of that

    Like the AT unit it's a piezo device with a pad glued. Should do the same service.
    Guinnless likes this.
  6. Aethelist

    Aethelist pfm Member

    Been using this stuff for what seems like forever. It never seems to go down.

    Perfectly safe so far on a Nag MP300 after nearly 4 years.

    Have a Moth cleaner so only use it when required.

    Tarzan likes this.
  7. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    I wonder how easy it would be to cobble up something? My AT 637 is still fine after thirty years so I’m happy.You don’t need the light, just the mech?
  8. myles

    myles Intentionally left blank

    I think it's sage advice, not a cliche. Having one rescues old vinyl and extends the life of your kit - what's not to like?
  9. tpetsch

    tpetsch pfm Member

    Looks like the brush from a Discwasher SC-2 kit.
    Yank likes this.
  10. Aethelist

    Aethelist pfm Member

    Y'know, I think you might be right. It's getting on a bit now, but it still works.

    A couple of strokes from the LP9 nail varnish brush across the top of it then a gentle back to front on the stylus and it's done.
    tpetsch likes this.
  11. vinylmonkey

    vinylmonkey pfm Member

    Oof, choices - DS Audio ST-50 (seems crazy expensive for what it is, but good reviews etc), Audio Zomba mentioned above (anyone here got/used one?), or AT637?
  12. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member


    Record Research Labs record cleaner fluid from years ago was amazing stuff, not sure you can get it nowadays.
  13. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    What about Stylast stuff which has been going for yonks? Wonder if this, when applied to the AT637 brush/pad, would be more effective than a wee drop of IPA (not the pale ale!)
  14. moffer

    moffer pfm Member

    I use the small round type and with my arthritic hands find it poses less risk to the stylus than those dense bristled carbon type brushes. Also use a VP Dustbuster every few LP sides, plus 4 or 5 quick dips in a piece of Magic Eraser every 10 or so LPs. Can't remember when I last had a gunked-up stylus. My microfibre brush was actually advertised as a stylus brush...on ebay I think it was.
    cooky1257 likes this.
  15. stooge

    stooge pfm Member

    FWIW I have been using a Discwasher SC2 brush for years and swipe from back to front is all that's required. The SC2 is no longer available but one can sometimes find them on ebay. Project makes something similar and it works quite well. I also use Stylast liquid to treat the diamond.
  16. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    I’ve never seen one in action but the thought of putting a stylus on any vibrating surface makes me wince as much as sand paper does.
  17. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It is effectively what you do every time you play a record! The AT is very high frequency, I’ve not taken a guitar tuner to it (I’ll do so later out of curiosity!), but I’d guess somewhere around 800 Hz to 1kHz, and it is very subtle/gentle. It certainly places no more stress on the tip or generator than tracking a record.
    paulfromcamden likes this.
  18. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Just measured the AT637 and I was way out, it is 394Hz, so a slightly sharp G4. Well inside the frequency range a cartridge is designed to handle and perfectly safe IMO.
    Craig B, Guinnless and joe9407 like this.
  19. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    It's those batteries that came with AT637 that I'd like to get ahold of. Things lasted for decades.
  20. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’ve switched mine to a Panasonic Eneloop Pro rechargeable as I’d hate some crappy modern alkaline Duracell or Energiser to leak in there!

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