ld wrote:Yes, but wear might pragmatically be about the same for practical purposes, if in both cases it is very low.
Snead wrote:Flavio, I think the paragraph prior to your BAS quote explained that the Empire test was a test of some friction-reducing coating similar to LAST that Empire was selling at that time.
Snead wrote:I could be very wrong on this but 1000 plays at 4 grams seems like a lot to expect. Even wet, don't you think the friction at that pressure would produce some wear?
Remember Shures stylus wear chart from their great 1978 seminar?
flavio81 wrote:I'd say record wear has more to do with high stylus tip mass (and thus the potential for mistracking) and bad stylus polish than with VTF. And of course, the quality of the record compound is paramount (there was an article about this on the VE archives.)
If tracking is perfect, one would assume the worn groove will describe a path that is identical to the original path, just a little bit down in height. Thus, the groove would have been worn, but the audio would have been identical.
Snead wrote:Thanks for the 'liner notes' B50. Since the specialness of the EDR9 was all in the stylus, and no one is reproducing them today, that pretty much relegates it back to ordinary status with a conventional stylus, does it not?
Snead wrote:This what you're seeking, dl? A Vivid Line, $80, but it could be worse - we could be boat or RV ("caravan" I think the word is, in your part of the world) enthusiasts. Those guys need bottomless wallets!