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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?

Gary Randall

 [ 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.)

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