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I purchased "Are You Experienced" special edition, audiophile vinyl, numbered edition, etc. about 20 years ago and never played it until this year.There is an impassible spot in one song; A bridge from one groove-side to the next. From now on, will play all new vinyl to look for defects. I can probably use the straight pin (suggested by Oregonpapa) so will wait and see...
The tracking force is set just a little higher than average, I had it near minimum before, but it sounds better this way. The anti-skate is less than medium. Overall this is best to my liking for the records I listen to.
No other record like this, I have a few badly scratched ones and the stylus just goes through, with terrible sound but it goes through. Also, some of the records were so dirty before cleaning that they appeared to have gone through centuries of I don't know what. They play okay.
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I purchased "Are You Experienced" special edition, audiophile vinyl, numbered edition, etc. about 20 years ago and never played it until this year.There is an impassible spot in one song; A bridge from one groove-side to the next.Made me laugh - I have clear vinyl RYKO copies of LIve at Winterland and Radio One from maybe 25 years ago or so. One of them (can't remember which one now) has what sounds like the same fault. Haven't played it on my current rig, so can't confirm if it's actually a bridge. Have to pull them out and run a test.
I also recall that one spot of a tune off Genesis' Wind & the Wuthering has something that sounds a bit like a slow static discharge in the middle of an acoustic guitar passage on every single copy I ever purchased, import or domestic. That one must be in the master tape, but I never got a digital copy to see if it was edited out. Another point of detail to explore sometime.
That's why we do the audiophile thing, I guess - to find all the joys of music.
Speaking of new copies, I recently bought by mistake Miles's "Bitches Brew" Mo-Fi reissue. Well, first the vinyl looks like it's hundred years old, real bad, and second they screwed up the re-mastering by making everything sound nice and even, the power of Miles's trumpet is just not there. Other instruments sound sometimes more distinct than on the original 2eye record, but that's not the point. I am debating either to put it in the closet or throw it away, either would do because I am not going to listen to it.
Have you tried Scotch Magic Tape, the translucent stuff? I cured a similar problem by
1. locating the exact spot on the record
2. cutting off a 5 cm piece of tape, reversing one end back on itself for 1 cm to form a non-sticky tab or handle, and
3. planting the 3 cm sticky tape onto the offending spot, rubbing in strongly, and removing by grasping the tab.
That tab is critical! You need to prevent the full length of tape from permanently affixing to the record!
The minute particle should go with the tape, or maybe on the second try. I tried this after heroic ultra-sonic cleaning, and for the first time since 1959, I was able to hear that track without the skip.
You have not mentioned what kind of RCM you are using but may I suggest taking your brush and going the opposite direction with the cleaning fluid and the rinse.
If you have access to a Spin Clean record cleaner, this is one of those times that they work very well. I use an eye dropper to apply the company specified amount of fluid over the entire surface of both pads. By applying the fluid at the top and bottom of the pads, and the remainder through out the centre of the pads, the lead in portion of the record gets much cleaner. I then go 30 spins in each direction. 15 right, 15 left, 15 right, and 15 left.It's the reversal of the brushes that really gets the gunk out of the grooves.
I have a vacuum RCM, but I still use the Spin Clean first to knock the bark off'em.
That's an interesting idea, thank you, I should try it. I guess, I will have to clean the record after that because there will be glue residue from Scotch.
regafan, I use Okki Nokki machine with Audio Intelligent three step cleaning system and Disc Doctor brushes. The motor can revolve the platter in both directions, that was one of the reasons why I bought it. The first step is enzyme pre-cleaner. With this particular record I let it soak for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming off.