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    Default New Caig Deoxit believer here!

    I just spent 45 minutes cleaning all my connection ends using Caig Deoxit.... cost $14 at Parts Express.

    I notice a small improvement in that the music sounds more clear and detailed.

    I've never done this before so there was a lot of green/grey junk built up.

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    Congrats! :)

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    Definitely good stuff! Did you go your power cords, both ends?

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    All my PC's are brand new.

    How often do you guys clean the connections with this stuff? Every 6 months or what?

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    Late bloomer in everything ErnDog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ern Dog View Post
    All my PC's are brand new.

    How often do you guys clean the connections with this stuff? Every 6 months or what?
    You got it right on the first try!:D

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    The real benefit is when you start cleaning all the pots/switches/relays with the stuff. I've been a believer in that stuff since I first started getting into vintage audio. I'm still using the same bottle of D5 spray for going on 5 years now. I've probable gone through 30 different pieces. You wouldn't believe how many "problem" units I've fixed by deoxit alone.

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    I used a radio shack off brand and it seemed to work fine...it did not however get any green/grey gunk off.
    Would the deoxit it self be better for that or?
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    Use Deoxit. The Radio Shack stuff is mediocre at best. Deoxit actually works for sure.

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    My local Rat Shack carries DeoxIT sprays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw View Post
    The real benefit is when you start cleaning all the pots/switches/relays with the stuff. I've been a believer in that stuff since I first started getting into vintage audio. I'm still using the same bottle of D5 spray for going on 5 years now. I've probable gone through 30 different pieces. You wouldn't believe how many "problem" units I've fixed by deoxit alone.
    Bill, I have a couple of trim pots for adjusting gain for MC carts on my Spectral mother board and have been thinking of using De Oxit on them but am afraid to. I was also thinking of cleaning the dip switches which set the resistive and capacitive loading of MC & MM carts but for some reason I'm afraid to do them too.

    What do you think?

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    I don't keep anything long enough to have to clean it LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectCreature View Post
    I used a radio shack off brand and it seemed to work fine...it did not however get any green/grey gunk off.
    Would the deoxit it self be better for that or?
    Yes, DeOxit is much better than the Radio Shack stuff.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by hearingimpared View Post
    Bill, I have a couple of trim pots for adjusting gain for MC carts on my Spectral mother board and have been thinking of using De Oxit on them but am afraid to. I was also thinking of cleaning the dip switches which set the resistive and capacitive loading of MC & MM carts but for some reason I'm afraid to do them too.

    What do you think?
    It couldn't hurt. Most of the time, those switches are connected to sliders with a flat cable. Its the slider part that needs to be cleaned.

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    Did you pop open the Modwright and clean all the tube pins?
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    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw View Post
    It couldn't hurt. Most of the time, those switches are connected to sliders with a flat cable. Its the slider part that needs to be cleaned.
    What would your recommend there, fader lube?
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    Quote Originally Posted by billbillw View Post
    It couldn't hurt. Most of the time, those switches are connected to sliders with a flat cable. Its the slider part that needs to be cleaned.
    Well I figured I would just spray the dip-switch bank and start clicking them up and down until I see the De Oxit evaporate. The same with the trip pots, spray them and then turn them back and forth until it dries.

    Thanks for the reply, it got rid of the fear factor!:);)

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    The thing is with DeOxit or any other cleaner, don;t over do it in moving parts. Maybe once a year or so in dusty environments and be frugal with it. Too much can cause issues. As far as cleaning connectors, it works great and can be done whenever necessary

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    The thing is with DeOxit or any other cleaner, don;t over do it in moving parts. Maybe once a year or so in dusty environments and be frugal with it. Too much can cause issues. As far as cleaning connectors, it works great and can be done whenever necessary

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    Thanks Brock. I had the Spectral refreshed by the manufacturer two years ago and they took care of cleaning everything out but I leave the top off quite frequently so I figured it was time to give them the once over but I was afraid the De Oxit would leave residue. I know De Oxit gold does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by venomclan View Post
    Did you pop open the Modwright and clean all the tube pins?
    Shoot, I didn't even think about that! I'm all over it.

    Speaking of Modwright- Do you have yours up and running yet? How's it sounding?

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    I have cleaned PINs on tube sockets as well as the tubes themselves.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    Late bloomer in everything ErnDog?
    Still use Gold G-Series? Formerly known as ProGold. I still do, thanks to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    I have cleaned PINs on tube sockets as well as the tubes themselves.
    The entire tube? :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Face View Post
    The entire tube? :D
    Yes, even on the inside :p:D.



    The tube pins to be more specific
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    Guys, I've always read about you guys using this stuff but I'm to chicken to bust open my Receiver and start cleaning stuff. (I have never cleaned this thing and my house is wall to wall hardwood floors, so yes its tuff to keep the dust from floating around) However I do try to keep my equipment as clean as I can. Would this be something that needs to be done? I have never had one problem with this receiver with the volume being scratchy when turning it up or down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCompRacer View Post
    Still use Gold G-Series? Formerly known as ProGold. I still do, thanks to you.
    I'm still using Pro-Gold since I stocked up on it a long time ago. They really have some great products. The Emergency kit they make available should be the bar standard for any audio nut IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ern Dog View Post
    Shoot, I didn't even think about that! I'm all over it.

    Speaking of Modwright- Do you have yours up and running yet? How's it sounding?
    I regret not yet, my daughter is in the hospital and I am there this whole weekend. Should go home tomorrow.

    I use MAAS metal polisher from Wally World for $4. Flitz also works good as a contact cleaner. Mapleshade has a Siliclear contact enhancement that is to be used after everything is cleaned, I have not used it yet, but heard great things about it. It is pricey at $35 a jar.
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