The ultrasonic stylus cleaner worked really well from removing any grunge or fluff on the stylus, however you had to be extremely careful not to push to hard against the tip of the needle otherwise there was a chance you could damage the stylus tip (ouch very expensive)
If my memory serves me right i think the ultrasonic cleaner cost me around £50 back in 1989.
I feel I need to add to this as I have discovered how amazing vinyl is!
I always thought it would sound scratchy like in movies. How wrong I was!
Alas it's no use dragging me into this thread exclusively for audio connoisseurs ... I was a child of the cassette age and was always into films and TV more than music ... What little taste I have in music you definitely wouldn't want to hear about!
I am glad that you are getting the feel for vinyl, something that digital recordings, now matter how detailed, could ever reproduce.
To get the best out of vinyl you need a good system, not an expensive one, tailored to your own tastes and a dedication verging on fanaticism to protect those delicate and easily damaged record groves.
Back in the day, when I bought a new album, I would immediately put it in an outer protective PVC sleeve and put the physical record itself into an inner sleeve, purchased from WH Smiths, so my records were doubly protected.
Another thing I used to do, to protect my albums, was to buy a new stylus (aka needle) for my cartridge every year, that way my records would not be damaged as my stylus became worn.
Finally, if you are starting out getting yourself a new Hi-Fi system then always trust your ears, and not what others want you to believe. So whenever you go to check out speakers, amplifiers and/or turntable cartridge combinations always bring a couple of albums that you know well and get the sales staff to play them on the equipment you are interested in, if they want your custom then they will play your records.
Nice to see some of the younger generation appreciating how good vinyl can sound with it's warm analogue signature compared to the cold sound of todays digital music.
I know Vinyl is quite trendy at the moment with the hipsters and also noticed my local Tesco's selling a few of the popular LP's back in the day.
Talking about cassettes any of our older members out there remember the huge "Ghetto Blasters" that people like the breakdancers etc used to carry around on their shoulders with the music blasting out.
Also, how personal portable technology as made music players so small and compact these days compared to the old personal cassette players.
Saying that i loved my Sony Walkman though it wasn't compact compared to the current crop of mp3 players i must admit it sounded fantastic playing cassette tapes.
Hi Schnapps & Casey
First, I must admit that I envy Casey starting out on her hi-fi journey, I wish that I could do it all again, unfortunately "doing Hi-Fi" properly, and not getting side tracked by hype and propaganda, requires a bit of research and trusting your ears.
And yes Schnapps, I remember those "Ghetto Blasters" but I never bought one, back in the day I saw playing cassette tapes as strictly secondary to vinyl and the only tapes I would buy and use for music were TDK Super Avlyn and Sony Ferrichrome, nothing else came close.
I don't know if you remember this Schnapps but I have a distinct memory of Polydor Records vinyl album pressing were "head and shoulders" in quality above any other UK record companies pressings, EMI's I remember were particularly bad, especially their album's inner grooves, i.e. the last two or three tracks.
However, vinyl records on a good system is still unbeatable.
Out of interest, did any of you cassette player owners ever buy one with Dolby S noise reduction?
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I bought my SONY Stereo Cassette Deck (Model TC-137SD) in the second half of the 1970s and so it only had Dolby B, way before Dolby S was developed.
Dolby S was introduced in 1989, long after my Hi-Fi kit had bit the dust.
Sorry I couldn't help.
My Denon DRS cassette deck only had the Dolby B & C noise reduction technology, which was fine for recording music to playback in the car.
For my home music listening it was mainly Vinyl or CD (if i was in a lazy mood using the remote from the sofa to jump tracks etc).
I did notice the Dolby S cassette decks in the HiFi magazines that i read at the time and what i could remember that Sony and Denon seemed to by pushing this newer Dolby noise reduction technology on their higher end equipment.
Reading the HiFi Mags i always drooled over the Nakamichi Dragon Cassette Decks which were way out of my price league at the time and i believe they still fetch serious money second hand.