Sorry for the late reply, I wasn't able to complete the process and set up my Dual 1228 correctly until just recently. Thank you so much for all your excellent advice Radni and Cliffkhz. I opted to send it to Bill at fixmydual.com, where it only needed to be cleaned and lubed, just as you thought. Bill was great, also checked my cartridges and found that one stylus was bad and suggested a nice replacement. He then guided me patiently and kindly in setting it up properly when I hit a roadblock. I have now been listening to my old vinyl for 2 weeks and can't get enough! The sheer musicality on good recordings is amazing, so much so that the rare pops that bothered me eons ago and hastened my switch to digital are barely even noticed now. The very slightly smaller dynamic range of analog and more frequent intermissions' needed to flip the LPs on symphonic works or operas do make listening slightly disjointed, but for most rock, blues, folk and jazz are not issues at all. It is really fantastic to have the wonderful analog sound of vinyl back, all thanks to you and Bill!
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rwmeditz, I feel happy that your efforts to restore your Dual TT paid off well. My experience has also been similar.
I had replaced the old stylus with a JICO ( Japan) stylus model
N95HE , cost me $96 plus shipping cost $15 , and got it delivered to me in less than 5 days. It sounds amazing! I was , initially, going to change the cartridge, but got some useful advice from this forum to first only change the stylus. And it has worked so well for me. I would suggest to consider to go for such stylus repalcement in future whenever it is right time for you.
BTW, website of JICO is worth visiting :
Enjoy your Dual TT!
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