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Nothing. I saw nothing that looked like a flaw in a groove. I was looking right at the section that caused the skips and turned the record a full 360 degrees. I saw a couple of white threads in a groove but these moved very easily when I touched them with a toothpick. They would have been kicked out of the way by the stylus. I expected to see either a damaged groove or some sort of blockage to the groove. Nothing I saw looked like either.
I used 16X magnification which made the grooves quite large and easy to see. So the mystery continues.
Actually this has happened on a couple of other records which played without a hitch until that one day when the skip suddenly appeared. Mark Baker of Origin Live tonearms suggested that maybe the record sleeve picked up some sort of contamination and carried it to the record. But I'm as careful with record sleeves as I am with records. I'm not laying them down on the kitchen table where there might be blobs of jam. I keep them with the record jacket right next to my equipment rack while a record is playing. Furthermore, how could contamination get on the inside of the record sleeve?
had a good suggestion for observing the tonearm at the skip location. Sure sounds like the tonearm hangs up for some reason and won't go further. Is the counterweight hitting anything at the skip point?
Page 12 of the instructions provides two items to check if the tonearm skips. Have you had a chance to read that yet?
Thanks for your suggestion. I took a look at the owner's manual. It advises that the curved armrest may be rubbing against the tonearm. However, it is well clear of the tonearm. The other suggestion is that the headshell wires might be touching the record surface; however, these too are well clear.
Furthermore I have recently been playing a lot of vinyl, including old and new records and have not experienced any skipping on any of them. This would indicate that the tonearm is functioning properly and that there really is a glitch on the record surface of "Brothers in Arms". Which brings me back to my original question of how on earth could a good record that I have played many times and never abused spontaneously pick up a groove flaw that cannot be cleaned out and which causes skipping? By the way, I'm the only one who ever touches my records so there's no one else to blame.
happened on a couple other records as well. That's why I thought it must be the tonearm.
I would have done the same as you with the microscope, so I am out of ideas.
Indeed I did mention skipping on a couple of other records that I thought were in fine condition. Well, they weren't as the skipping would occur at the same spot hence indicating a problem with the record itself rather than the tone arm. In short, the spontaneous appearance of skips has affected a few other records besides Brothers in Arms. Hence my bafflement at how a good record, well protected could pick up some sort of damage to the groove or crud in the groove sufficient to cause skipping. You're baffled, too. We're all baffled.
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