I increased my VTF by 0.1 g from the recommended VTF and found significant improvement of the sound. At the same time, I found that more dirt (quite a lot on some records) is accumulating on the stylus after one side of a record has been played. Is it possible that an incremenet of 0.1 g is resulting in a better contact between groove-stylus which digs up all of the dirt and thus "cleans" my record?
Every time I do a cartridge upgrade, generally moving from broader more generic stylus shapes to more & more micro / fineline types, my entire record collection yeilds lots of undiscovered dust.
This is similar to your vtf change in that we are both plowing the vinyl fields to a new depth. The carbon-fiber brush is the answer here, followed perhaps by a fluid-cleaning to try and clear the path.
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