New Tweak --- Its Fantastic


THE NEW TWEAK

Over the good part of this past year I’ve been beta testing a new tweak, the name of which is "Total Contact." Its a hi-bred graphene contact enhancer that is different from all other contact enhancers that have come and gone for one reason or another. I’m not new to these contact enhancers, having had quite a bit of experience with a product developed by the late Brian Kyle and his "Quick Silver" contact enhancer. The "Total Contact" is different ... a LOT different.

"Total Contact" is graphene based and is not a vibration control. It eliminates micro-arching between two contacts. Micro-arching, much like Micro-vibration smears the sound in our stereo systems. Its the type of distortion that we don’t know is there .... until we eliminate it. There is no break-in as we know it. The sound is improved right off the bat, but what you hear is only a smidgen of what’s to come.

I tested three generations of "TC," each of which was an improvement over the previous incarnation. The final mix was cryogenitically treated and made for a more effective, much smoother application. It comes in a large hypodermic needle type plunger containing 1.5 ml of product and includes a instructional DVD and an application brush.

The application should be applied with a very thin coat to all of your electrical connections .... from your cartridge pins to your power cords. I did my entire system, including the ends of my fuses.

Upon initial application, you will notice an improvement in clarity, correctness of tonal balance and a more overall organic sound. But ... that is just scratching the surface of what this magic paste does. As it cures, the improvements become more apparent. Much more!

There are two real break-through events that happen almost to the day with "Total Contact," one at four weeks and another at eight weeks . At four weeks, you’ll get a real jump in clarity and overall improvement. That’s only a taste though of what’s to come at eight weeks. At eight weeks your system’s focus will make a jump in SQ that is so real - its surreal.

After 40 years in the hobby, and a total tweak nut, I have never heard anything that does what this graphene paste does. The see-through clarity at eight weeks becomes simply amazing. The "paste" eventually cures into a kind of polymer plastic and it seems that the sound improves with each listening session. So, its important that you leave your contacts alone for the duration. If you’re the type of person that continually switches wires in and out, you’ll have to re paste until enough time has elapsed to get "the cure."

The only problem I had was with the first batch and that had to do with shorting out a tube pin in the line stage. Use the "TC" very sparingly on tube pins, if at all. I only had problems with the line stage tube pins. The Amp, CD Player and Phono Stage has had no tube pin problems at all.

Tim Mrock, one of our fellow A’goners, is the developer of the product. Its taken Tim 15 years and several patents to get it right. Tim has "pasted" every electrical contact he can find in his audio system, all of the switches in his circuit breaker box, every contact in his car ... and has used it in commercial applications such as hospital circuit breakers, surgical lights ... and other places where efficiency and long life of electrical components are deemed important.

This product is highly recommended to anyone who truly wants to get the most out of his/her audio systems. There’s enough product in each tube to do at least two audio systems as it just takes a very thin coat on each application to be effective. The last tube was enough to do my system twice and then a friend’s system this past weekend.


Frank

PS: There were a couple of other A’goner beta testers of this product as well. Hopefully, they will chime in here with their experiences for comparison. I "pasted" both of Steve Fleschler’s systems a few days ago, perhaps he will comment on his results too. We forgot to paste Steve’s power cords though, so there’s a lot more to be had from Steve’s two fantastic systems.

Frank
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Call me late to the party, but I have found another fantastic use for TC which I don’t think has really been covered here. Someone earlier mentioned pasting the glass of signal tubes. I did that a couple of weeks ago, and the result was great. I applied a reasonably full coating, in hindsight probably thicker than I needed to. I did not do the power tubes - until today.

This morning I applied a micro-thin coating to each EL34 power tube, all over the glass. You can’t even see the coating, it’s so thin. For each of my 16 EL34’s I used maybe a pinhead size morsel of TC, and brushed that tiny smidgen all over the glass until it disappeared. Amazing! Truly amazing results. If you haven’t done this already, maybe you should. I don’t think it can harm the tubes, mine seem perfectly ok after 10 hours running full steam. As I said, a incredibly tiny amount does the job. It’s a lot safer than doing the tube pins, and the results are...well try it. If you don’t like it, wipe it off. The tiny amount used for the whole amp costs maybe 2 or 3 dollars at most.
^^^ Its worth pasting the outside circumference of the base of power tubes also. Just the outside edge. 

Frank
^^^ Done that now - a good improvement thank you Frank for the tip.
My latest tip for Total Contact :
If you have run out of things to do with your remaining Total Contact, and if you don’t want to waste the leftover by letting it dry out in the syringe over the next 6 months, do this :

Get some fo.Q TA-32 tape via eBay. Lightly brush all the tape with the remaining TC. Spread it very thin. Now you can use and re-use the tape on any cable terminations etc. in future, and the TC won’t be wasted.

TC is very, very effective when applied to fo.Q and wrapped around cable terminations.