Nothing compares to listening to your favorite record after freshly installing a new stylus cartridge. All vinyl collectors appreciate that period of calm and satisfying relaxation, confident that their stylus is fresh and the sound is crisp and clear. But after a few months, especially after heavy listening, you may begin to wonder if your stylus has dulled and if it is worn out. A worn stylus will not only affect the sound quality of your vinyl records, it can also damage your albums, causing scratches and crackling.
To preserve the quality of your albums and turntable it is important to properly care for your equipment. Academy Records is the East Village’s best record store with an inventory full of new and used vinyl records, CD’s, turntables, and cartridges, ensuring that your listening experience is clear every time.
Here are a few tips to preserve the life of your turntable’s stylus:
- Clean Your Records: The residue and oil from your fingers is a catalyst for degradation. Dust left in the grooves of your records will adhere to the stylus, causing a build-up of heat, which facilitates further erosion.
- Never Touch the Stylus: The stylus is sensitive to the slightest touches and thus, brushing against it with your fingers can destroy the fine tip that is needed to play music.
- Invest In Quality: Styluses come from a wide variety of manufactures, some much better than others. Invest in a quality stylus. They will last longer and protect your records in the long run.
Don’t settle for a dull and crackled sound when you put your next record on. Pick up everything you need for a clear and stunning listening experience at Academy Records. Browse a wide selection of new and used vinyl records along with turntables, speakers, pre-amps, and styluses. Protect your vinyl record collection with the highest quality equipment at the East Village’s best record store.