The cutting stylus-minute but indispensable recording tool-for many years has been considered by recording engineers as belonging to the domain of the black arts. Past experience might well have led them to this conclusion: small variations in the basic stylus dimensions produced improvements not repeatable in the subsequent batch of styli procured from the vendors, and identical specifications often resulted in significant inconsistencies in performance. Maintenance of the required quality of the disk necessitated a lengthy and costly selection procedure.
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