I believe it involved using a toothpick!!!!! Has anyone actually done this?
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I have successfully done it a couple of times. I don't claim any special skills just the right equipment, patience and a steady hand.
1. Jewelers illuminated magnifying glasses, to keep both hands free, I used 8.3X magnification.
2. A belt driven turntable that freely moves both directions
3. A soft-wood toothpick. The harder the tooth pick the likelier you'll just end up further damaging the record.
The hardest part is identifying the groove where the needle was sticking. On both records that I fixed, I found a particle stuck the groove which was visible using 8.3X magnifying glasses. I gently rubbed the business end of the wooden toothpick on the area and was able to remove the particle. Did a good cleaning afterword using my VPI record cleaning machine, it did leave a smudge mark on the vinyl but no audible tick.
This will only work if there's a particle stuck in the groove, obviously. If the plastic is damaged there's likely nothing that can be done to fix it.
Sometimes part of the groove has been damaged and 'moved'. The top of the 'wall' between grooves, where the vinyl is quite thin, can be broken and bent to the side, creating a 'gateway' for the stylus to go through every time: like a shunt-line on a railroad. With magnification and a steady hand, this can be bent back into place; the record can be played as normal, often with no audible evidence of the 'fix'.
And as Drmemory notes, grit lodged in the groove can be removed.
I read recently about a method that the guy is successful, I intend to try it on a skip on my original "Abbey Road". It is not so much a skip as it gets stuck in that same groove and repeats. Not visible.
The method was as follows.
Use a cheaper turntable with a cheap stylus.
Find the point of damaged groove.
Revolve the platter by hand, in reverse, through the affected bit.
The theory is this will realign the groove to original shape/path.
I can follow the reasoning.
Of course the possibility is bending the cantilever of stylus, so use a cheapy.
The previous post said just buy another record. This is what I would normally do, But, my original "Abbey Road"?
It's worth a try.
Beatles? Why didn't you say so??? They had $50 off all Beatles thru Sunday! Oh well they still have these two copies
I have found that the best way to cure those omnipresent skips and scratches on my LPs is to duct tape a medium sized lead fishing weight to the tone arm directly above the cartridge. Most of the time it will force the stylus right through the damaged area, reshaping the groove and eliminating the skip. It is important to thoroughly clean the LP afterwards to remove all the resulting vinyl shavings!