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Author:  poodling around [ Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Cleaning your gramophone tone arm etc

Do you use Silvo, Brasso or something else to clean the tone arm etc or don't you clean at all to retain the patina ?

Author:  VanEpsFan1914 [ Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cleaning your gramophone tone arm etc

I use Blue Magic metal polish to clean. There is a strong difference in my valueless opinion between "patina" and "corrosion."


For example, not with gramophones but with phonographs, I have two early cylinder machines sitting on a bookshelf. There is a 1904 Edison Standard A and a 1906 Columbia "Jewel" BK. The Columbia is restored...because the "patina" was light. I was able to buff it up with some cleaners and it looks fine and dandy--if you squint it looks brand new.

On the other hand, the Edison looks fine at a distance, but compared to the Columbia it's a sad specimen. The nickel is fading on the mandrel and there is a good deal of rust and wear. Most of the bedplate shine is leaked motor oil. Can it polish up? No. It's like the old '96 Corolla in the yard--I could polish that if the paint were there to polish.

So if you have a nice gramophone go ahead and get a gentle polisher and clean it up. They really do look wonderful.

Author:  poodling around [ Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cleaning your gramophone tone arm etc

VanEpsFan1914 wrote:
I use Blue Magic metal polish to clean. There is a strong difference in my valueless opinion between "patina" and "corrosion."


For example, not with gramophones but with phonographs, I have two early cylinder machines sitting on a bookshelf. There is a 1904 Edison Standard A and a 1906 Columbia "Jewel" BK. The Columbia is restored...because the "patina" was light. I was able to buff it up with some cleaners and it looks fine and dandy--if you squint it looks brand new.

On the other hand, the Edison looks fine at a distance, but compared to the Columbia it's a sad specimen. The nickel is fading on the mandrel and there is a good deal of rust and wear. Most of the bedplate shine is leaked motor oil. Can it polish up? No. It's like the old '96 Corolla in the yard--I could polish that if the paint were there to polish.

So if you have a nice gramophone go ahead and get a gentle polisher and clean it up. They really do look wonderful.


Thank you. A most enjoyable and informative read.

I see what you mean when you mention corrosion - there is some 'pitting' forming on the tone arm etc which would improve with cleaning.

So, cleaning it is. I see that you use a cleaner which I think is equivalent to 'Silvo' over here. So I will use that.

Thanks again.

Author:  epigramophone [ Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cleaning your gramophone tone arm etc

I use Solvol Autosol on my classic cars and my gramophones. It comes in a tube, just like toothpaste, and is easy to apply. Your local Halfords should stock it.
Most tarnish and light corrosion can be removed using a cloth, but for stubborn areas I use very fine steel wool.
Never use Brasso. It is too abrasive.

Author:  poodling around [ Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cleaning your gramophone tone arm etc

epigramophone wrote:
I use Solvol Autosol on my classic cars and my gramophones. It comes in a tube, just like toothpaste, and is easy to apply. Your local Halfords should stock it.
Most tarnish and light corrosion can be removed using a cloth, but for stubborn areas I use very fine steel wool.
Never use Brasso. It is too abrasive.



Thank you very much epigramophone for the advice and I will buy some Solvol on Monday :D

Author:  Jerry B. [ Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Cleaning your gramophone tone arm etc

Methods for cleaning bright parts are completely different between nickel and gold plated parts. You can't be nearly as aggressive with gold plated parts. Jerry Blais

Author:  poodling around [ Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Cleaning your gramophone tone arm etc

Jerry B. wrote:
Methods for cleaning bright parts are completely different between nickel and gold plated parts. You can't be nearly as aggressive with gold plated parts. Jerry Blais


Thank you Jerry.

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