I still have a Pickering CF brush that I bought in 1978. Bristles have gotten a bit soft but it still works.
What the heck are you doing with yours, sweeping the shop floor? I hear cocobolo sawdust is tough on CF brushes. <;~)
Which one do you have? I have the Hunt brush and have used it for about 3 years and it's still in very good shape. I do clean my records with a wet/vacuum cleaning system so the carbon brush is generally just taking very light dust particles off the top surface.
I have both the Audioquest and the Hunt. I only use them if I don't use the 16.5. I'm not sure how you can wear them out so fast, they should last years.
My Audioquest brush has lasted at least 15 years and looks like new.
I use the Hunt, both times. And I clean my lp's on a 16.5. The bristles just get soft and look all bent out of shape. I don't even put that much pressure on it. Just a light dusting.
Damn if I can figure it out. I know there are people out there who listen more often than I do, hence using the brush more. Does static affect it? My house is pretty "charged" I always have to dissapate the static before I play, usually after I brush an lp.
Who knows, maybe my wife is using it on the cat!
Have they been falling in the Lavagulin ? The peat is murder on the bristles.
I wore one out, but then started parting my hair in the middle and they seem to last much longer.
You have hair?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
I have a little brush shaped like a wisk broom I got from Raskins that is made in Japan. I don't know the brand other than SFC is one the otherwise japenese label. But it works great and I haven't used the carbon fibre since.
Like Dopogue, I've used the Audioquest brush for 15+ years and it still works great. A new Audioquest brush came as part of the "care kit" with my new turntable and it's still in the blister pac - the old one's working just fine.
My original Decca carbon fiber brush is still going strong nearly twenty years later. I wonder how they make them have such a short life span. Very interesting.
This is part of a response I received from the Disc Dr. re the use of his cleaning system. The quoted portion pertains to your question. Duane is no hack, so I urge you to take his advice.
"Please make sure that you have a carbon fiber brush available for use
before and after each playback (as described in the pamphlet which
accompanies all order or can be mailed or emailed upon request, also
available at our web site). A CFB previously used on less than thoroughly
cleaned records can be regenerated by soaking the 1/4 to 3/8" of the tips
overnight in the full strength fluid followed by several rinses with
distilled water. If available, periodic use of a ZeroStat-type device will
keep the brush at maximum efficiency. We offer the Audioquest carbon fiber
brush, discounted to $13.50. We do not recommend the current versions of
the Hunt or Decca brushes as they are less efficient & contain additional
which can scratch some vinyl formulations when applied dry."
That makes me wonder again if static has something to do with it. I guess I am going to try a different brush, maybe the Audioquest.
I have a feeling that quality control might have been an issue with mine, as I bought both at the same time. BTW, I have Decca's, not a Hunt, my oops.
This is what it looks like:
See what I mean?
I switched from Hunt to Audioquest seven years ago. I have not yet replaced it.
Joe, Just a thought. Could the brush damage be related to the Audio Itelligent enzymes ?
Not Joe, but I've been using the AIVS producs for months with no effect on the Audioquest brush.
I agree with Dopogue. I've been using AIVS since Beta testing. No ill effect on my old Decca brush. This makes me wonder if the method of setting bristles in the newer brushes is the culprit.
Dopogue / Pat,
I've been using it since beta too. The first brush wore out before that started. I think I'm going to try something other than a Decca and see what happens.
Just a clarifying post:
I am more than happy with my Audio Intelligent cleaning solutions.