Stella Discs Must Be Lubricated Every Playing
By Gary Randall
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I have a Stella music box with no broken teeth; it plays fine
and sounds wonderful. It has been cleaned and serviced. I am
getting conflicting information as to taking proper care of the
disc. I was told not to use oil because it can get gummed up
inside. The gentleman who serviced my Stella said just a little
bit of WD40 sprayed underneath the disc is all that is needed.
I am confused as to what I should do.
I have also been told to use only oil on the discs. Do I need
to oil them every time that I play the disc? Could somebody
pass on some good information as to what I should do?
[ Musical box restorer Reg Smith wrote in 031115 MMDigest, "I must
[ emphatically state that in the case of _Stella_ music boxes,
[ it is _critically_ important that the discs _must_ be lubricated
[ on the bottom side every time you play them! This was clearly
[ directed by the original makers..."
[ Restorers have lots of experience repairing mistreated
[ instruments, much more experience than most owners have.
[ I would heed the advice of the restorer. -- Robbie
(Message sent Sun 23 Nov 2003, 00:48:31 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)