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 Post subject: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:00 pm 
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Hello all:
I've read somewhere (probably on this forum, though I can't find it)about using diamond paste on a trashed diamond disc to smooth/polish the diamond tip on an Edison stylus.
I have a stylus that looks good and plays well, but scores the run-out surface ever so slightly.
I've noticed different grits of pastes available, measured in microns, and wonder if anyone's had any luck trying this. Thanks!
Bob
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:47 pm 
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The only place I've ever read about this was in a discussion bout the long play stylus. According to Frow(?), these were created from the regular diamonds by polishing the way you described. I don't know of any discussion of anyone attempting to polish a regular diamond stylus to restore its shape.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:16 pm 
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I posted about a friend of mine who used a Dremel type diamond coated disc from Harbor Freight to re-point an Edison stylus, using it by hand not in a Dremel... It wasn't diamond paste and it worked well. I would assume that a diamond coated knife sharpener would accomplish the same thing if you can't find the discs.
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
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Interesting! Something to consider!
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:57 pm 
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Time for a new stylus I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
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JerryVan wrote:
Time for a new stylus I think.


True, that's always the best option! This is an extra reproducer, one of several of mine with similar issues. :D
My go-to Edison Disc player styli are in nice shape!
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
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The way I look at, you don't have anything to lose by trying...
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
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Curt A wrote:
The way I look at, you don't have anything to lose by trying...


I agree. I've ordered an assortment of small tubes of different grades of paste, varying from fine to final polishing grit. I don't expect much, but I'll post results once I give it a try!
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 Post subject: Re: Diamond paste to smooth an Edison Diamond Disc stylus?
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In the tile section of any big box home improvement store you'll find diamond hole saws, saw blades, grout knife and maybe even files. I'd try the smoothest one I could find, keep it wet and work under magnification. I do a bit of work with lab glass this way and there's a good chance it will work for you.
The Dremel bits are a good idea too. IIRC, you can even order diamond sand paper. With all of these, it would be a good idea to use them wet.
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