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My brother discovered these on ebay: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5X-Mini-Sticky-Stretch-Jelly-Stick-Slap-Squishy-Hands-Palm-Kids-Party-Favour-Toy-/252424716457?hash=item3ac5af80a9:g:EjIAAOSwzJ5XX-0e  I kid you not! He bought some then used one to clean his Ortofon MC10 Superior. You should have seen the crap that got left on the 'sticky hand', from both the stylus and the cantilever (inspected with 60x mag)! Wow, brilliant and super cheap, and dare I say it, even better than Magic Eraser. At the price, forget Zerodust. :):thumb:

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It's got to be worth trying it out on an old or cheap cart to see how the jelly reacts with the tip/diamond end. If you slap a hand on a clean window does it leave a residue on the window?

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12 minutes ago, TOPSHELF said:

It's got to be worth trying it out on an old or cheap cart to see how the jelly reacts with the tip/diamond end. If you slap a hand on a clean window does it leave a residue on the window?

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I have no idea, just going on my brother's say so......he reckons it now sounds amazing, but you may be right about a residue. I haven't tested it on my stylus yet but I will later. Has anyone ever stuck a Zerodust on a window to see if it doesn't leave a residue?:)

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People have been using Moongel pads, drum dampening gels for quite a while... I've used them, not any more.

They were recommended by Herb Reichert (Stereophile), a while back. Other people noted their blue colour and organic nature may cause problems, i.e. losing their stylus in the gel (It's happened).

Same with Zerodust apparently. Magic Eraser leaves crap all over your cart. also.

I just use a C/F brush now, while I still have something left to brush!

...just a heads up...

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16 hours ago, Peter-C said:

People have been using Moongel pads, drum dampening gels for quite a while... I've used them, not any more.

They were recommended by Herb Reichert (Stereophile), a while back. Other people noted their blue colour and organic nature may cause problems, i.e. losing their stylus in the gel (It's happened).

Same with Zerodust apparently. Magic Eraser leaves crap all over your cart. also.

I just use a C/F brush now, while I still have something left to brush!

...just a heads up...

 

Anything that touches the stylus needs to move very gently. If it's sticky it shouldn't move at all. The Zerodust instructions say to lower the stylus onto the pad and then raise. Doing it by raising the pad is asking for trouble! Be careful out there.

 

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