Thanks for the advice.
Ah, yes, I remember winters around DC. I grew up in Kensington, and went through high school there (Walter Johnson, in Rockville). My best friend and I used to take our respective Dad's VW Bugs out in the snow and blast thru the snow drifts. Didn't own any audio gear back then (late 1950's). I thought DC winters were cold until my Dad got stationed in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for 2 years, which gave me a taste of REALLY cold winter weather (sometimes as cold as -35 degrees F.).
Your "static killer" idea is an excellent one which may also be useful to the folks living in the desert southwest (my son lives in Phoenix), so I'll pass your solution along. Thanks.
Something like this may be useful. I haven't tried one myself (don't have the static problem here in NC), but other threads on this topic have suggested touching a grounded piece of metal BEFORE touching your equipment, some of which may react adversely to static discharge.
Another idea is to get some anti-static lotion (as I have. I think you can get it from any engineering lab supply outfit & Markertek.com might also have it). Apply it before listening session & it works great - no blue static arcs!
Agree with the "permanent" fix of setting the humidity level in the 40% range to avoid this problem altogether.
Take one ounce of Fleecy and 4 ounces of water and mix put it in a spray bottle and apply it to carpet. Works wonders on cutting down static. you can buy it premixed at about 50 times the cost of home spun.
Any fabric softner will do.
If you dont have a Humidifier take a large glass fill it with water and put it on heating vent if they are in floor. Also wrks well.
I once blew my speakers with this. I had a Sim Audio 1-5, when the static spark came on, the volume setting (electronic) went for ''o'' to ''50''. I could never get any damage $ from Sim for this, but apparently they have fixed the problem and made this amp somewhat static proof . Yet another reason why I ''love'' this company...hummm
I'm having the same problem -- one 'burb away from Bethesda -- and the contact point is my RB250 tonearm at the pick-up arm right next to my dynavector 10x5 MC. So there's a nasty little static shock millimeters from my magnets. Could these little charges screw up the cartridge ? The sensation I can live with, but a fried cartridge?