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Design and Use of Recording Styli

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Since 1877 when the first sound recording was made, the recording stylus has been the most used, and often misused, tool in the recording industry. With the advant of today's high standards of recording, the design of this tool has become a sophisticated science, and its manufacture requires the highest degree of craftsmanship. The demand for higher frequency response, better signal-to-noise ratio, longer playing time, and increased record durability has led the recording industry in search of a better stylus. Because of the varying degree of emphasis placed on these demands by the individual recording engineer, a custom-made stylus is required.

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