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June 11th 1974

“Got a new dustbug – It actually tracks the record!”

Boy, oh boy… this dustbug thing is getting out of hand isn”t it?

First I have a dustbug, then I get a second dustbug only to sell it later. Now I get a NEW dustbug – but obviously one with far better ‘tracking abilitities’. How can one dustbug be better than another? Surely the technology was the same from one to another?

Colour me confused. Dustbuggered if I know what was going on back then.

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June 2nd 1974

“Sold G800 for £3.50”

So, having bought a new record stylus/cartridge a few weeks ago, I discover that – like dustbugs – a second-hand market for used styli.

G800 refers to my Goldring G800.

35 years later – that’s THIRTY-FIVE YEARS later – you can still buy a new stylus for a G800 cartridge, and for a mere £8.50.

I don’t know what’s more astonishing… that I was able to sell a used stylus in 1974 or that someone is still manufacturing the same thing 3½ decades later and be able to sell it for just £8.50?!

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May 26th 1974

“Sold Dust Bug”

So, back in January, I buy a dust bug for my record deck, only to sell it 5 months later?

There was a second-hand market for dust bugs?

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January 3rd 1974

“Physics revision in morning – Went to Southampton in Afternoon bought Dust Bug”

Another dust bug? I thought I bought one in November 1972?

It really was a weird contraption. A length of plastic with a small brush and furry roller which you moved to sit on the record before it started spinning. The brush moved dust from the record’s surface just before the stylus may have got clogged by it… at least that was the theory.

The weighted base was supposed to keep the arm in place but, as I remember it, this rarely occurred… so a user – me – was forced to repeatedly shift the base about so as to maintain the brush’s perfect trajectory across the vinyl’s grooves.

It all seems so incredibly complicated and fiddly now, and must surely have distracted me from my listening experience? That’s maybe more of a comment highlighting my grumbling ‘impatience’ with technology, which has naturally blossomed along with my age. I can’t be doing with “phaffing about” more than is necessary these days, preferring to find things which are designed to do their job properly rather than present me with a whole new set of challenges. I can’t say that a dust bug ever really fitted that bill.

Even if I did seem to buy them quite often.

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An Aside (XV)

I am indebted to my good friend, and avid reader, Paul, for reminding me of an alternative record cleaner that I may well have bort during my excursion to Southampton.

I had forgotten all about it. Ladles and Jellyspoons, I give you……

the dustbug!!

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