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Re: [ARSCLIST] Record cleaning fluid recommendations?
On 18/12/03, joe@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Perhaps, but if a record is plastic, in the true sense of the word,
> such deformities to the shape of the groove may tend to be self
> correcting, if the material has any memory.
The vinyl is plastic (deformable) only during the manufacturing process.
Once it cools it becomes an elastic solid.
When moderate pressure is applied to such a solid, it returns to its
original shape when the pressure is removed. Rubber is the obvious
example, as opposed to dough which has low elasticity.
Deformation only occurs when you exceed the elastic limit of the
For many years, pickup cartidges for LPs have been designed so that
there is no permanent deformation of the groove. Early models could and
did damage the groove.