Thank you J.D.,
You raise a good question regarding the 6 gram tracking force and what it's doing to my vinyl. I've been playing mostly "bargain bin" vinyl so haven't been too worried about it. The stylus was only about $20.00 so it's a good match for the $2.00-3.00 records.
I would like to play some of my vintage mono recordings on it so I decided to take a closer look. Viewing the stylus under 80x magnification, I meticulously cleaned the stylus tip and cantilever removing all of the vinyl/dust build-up from previous playings. I then took one of my newer blue-note records and cleaned it with a 50-50 solution of distilled water and white vinegar with my disc-washer brush. Not state of the art, I know, but neither is the rest of my setup
I set the tracking force to 4.5 grams and let it rip. After side 1 was finished, I looked at the stylus again under 80x mag. and saw only a very tiny amount dust particles on the tip, nothing that resembled sheared off vinyl. I cleaned the stylus again and then reset the tracking force to 6 grams, cleaned side 2 and after the side was finished playing I looked at the magnified tip and saw pretty much the same thing, only a small amount of tiny dust specs on the tip.
When I first got back into listening to my vinyl collection a couple of years ago, I bought some Discwasher D4 fluid from my local record shop and cleaned a record from my collection. As I watched the needle hit the vinyl I was shocked to see, with the naked eye, tiny bits of black vinyl thread get peeled away by the stylus
. Anyway, the point is that I didn't see anything even close to what I experienced a couple of years ago with this tonearm and heavy tracking force.