A dry brush?
A wet brush?
Depends, but any one of the following:
Discwasher SC-1 stylus brush, dry
Linn jewelers polishing paper, green
So far, I find lowering it onto a Magic Eraser to be most effective. More so than the Blue Stik.
Agree. I’ve stopped using steel wool.
Keep in mind a Magic Eraser is made of melamine foam, an abrasive.
Melamine foam is much better employed as sound proofing.
A dry brush. That’s it. I’m not using a wet brush or sylus cleaning solution ever again after reading ‘NO!!!’ on Pete Ledermann’s Soundsmith How To page for cartridge care. The man’s been rebuilding cartridges for decades and I have no doubt has had his fill of detached or misaligned styli caused by softening the adhesive used to attach the stylus to the cantilever. I also don’t trust Bluestik or any other compound that might leave a residual on the stylus. Unless I see something obvious with my high mag loupe, a gentle swipe with a dry brush suffices.
Agree about solutions. And I’m also suspicious of what residue is left behind by the Bluestik even though Lederman recommends the tacky stuff.
Both the polishing sheet and the Magic Eraser are slightly abrasive. The Linn sheet I have used off and on with no ill effect for over 40 years. Microscopic inspection has shown a clean stylus and no abnormal wear. The magic eraser requires just dipping the stylus into the foam bed with acre. Again no ill effect substantiated by microscope inspection. Just my personal experience. I should add when using the Discwasher SC-1, it has been used dry. I tend to agree fluid cleaners may adversely affect the stylus mount, and at a minimum leave a residue. YMMV, and a steady hand is absolutely necessary.
If the Magic Eraser wasn’t slightly abrasive, it wouldn’t clean anything. Just be vigilant to not drag it or the stylus when using it.
I recommend two ways only. A gel pad regularly (Moongel is the cheap secret tip) and an electronic cleaner periodically (it’s delivered with fluid, but the careful avoid fluids generally).
Does a good job with the specified fluid, but needs care so as not to do any damage.
Being a drummer, I just use a fresh piece of moongel already on hand as jazznut recommended.
Yes it’s just the same stuff without the audiophile lift up
Back in the 80s the best advice was a soft paintbrush (tiny one) with either finest vodka (not my choice) or isoproyl alcohol.
I get the concern about softening of adhesives etc. I wonder if those adhesives (or their usage) had changed in the interim?
I used to use Grado cartridges (circa 1980 - 1990) with (allegedly) a “nude diamond elliptical stylus”) if that makes any difference?
When I saw the title I was expecting a euphemism. lol.
I glue a small block of magic eraser to a 5mm x 40mm section of tongue depressor and have used that to clean Ortofon and Transfiguration MCs for many years. I’ve also used Stylast on many brands of cartridges for decades and it’s definitely helped prolong the lifespan of styli.
Very cool looking tonearm.
So far Magic Eraser is working best for me. Even a dry brush can fail to remove a coating of residue or fuzz. And the white color enables one to see what’s left behind.