Is there any information on using Stylast when playing a reference lacquer disc (acetate)? These discs are only good for a few plays, but perhaps a Stylast treatment might extend that?
Thanks, D. S.
Hello D, Thank you for your query. A definitive answer depends on several variables, not all of which are easily determined. Generally speaking, I think a low mass cartridge/tonearm combination using a highly compliant stylus would be required for more play cycles. STYLAST would certainly reduce surface wear and stylus friction leading to more plays. There is a very good possibility that treating the lacquer disc with LAST Record Preservative could also extend the playing life.
BTW, the moving mass/compliance equation is a minefield. There are areas of resonance to be avoided. I suggest contacting Michael Fremer (firstname.lastname@example.org). He is a writer for Stereophile Magazine and a true cartridge guru. He may have some helpful insights.
Best regards, Walter Davies