I've tried several brushes marketed for record cleaning and found them all ok at best. My solution may be weird, but it works for me. When humidity is higher and static isn't an issue, I just use microfiber cleaning cloths that I fold over into a pad. I have a big pile of them and I get a new one every week. Wash only with detergent, no fabric softener of course. When humidity drops and static becomes an issue, I hold a photographer's wide antistatic brush on the record with one hand and use the microfiber cloth with the other hand. The antistatic brush precedes the cloth in rotation. The Kinetronics brush is also available with a grounding wire lead if you like. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/26193-REG/Kinetronics_KSW100_Model_100N_Plastic_Handle.html/?ap=y&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIo7G4h7bv3gIVC7jACh0isgzEEAkYASABEgJmovD_BwE&lsft=BI%3A514&smp=Y
I’ve had great success using the Zerostat, then wiping up the loose dust with the Audioquest fiber brush.
There’s a new Audioquest-anti-static-record-brush which may be what you’re looking for...
I've owned several, I currently use the latest Audioquest brush and don't find it really superior from others I've used. I just ordered the brush offered at Sleeve City just for the heck of it. I own a Destat. I always use the carbon fiber brush then the Destat before playing a side. This seems to work best
I've tried several brushes over the years (Hunt, Audioquest, Clearaudio,Furutech, Kinetronics). I dislike the new Audioquest brush because it felt awkward to use. The best anti-static record brush that I've tried is from Analog Relax in Japan.
Sounds crazy but ticks and pops are super distracting to me so with much trepidation I forked for a Furutech Destat 3 ($389). I also use a goat hair brush that has a conductive coating (I forget the name). I tried many of the other brushes and they are basically worthless IMO. My records are super quiet now.
BTW, if anyone is interested, www.partsconnexion.com recently had the Destat 3 for $269.00.
I received my brush from Sleeve City today, seems similar to what @leotis is using. I'll give it a whirl and report back.
It’s called Thunderon Record Brush, look for it at www.sleevecity.com Got it at 18% off on Black Friday.
I’ve listened to several lp sides now while using the Thunderon. My usual process is to use an anti-static brush first then my Destat III before and after each side.
Initially I noticed the latest Audioquest is best at picking up the smaller tiny dots of (stuff), then the Thunderon was better at picking up dust fibers or particles. Then I realized those "tiny dots" ….I’ve really never noticed before. So I got my steamer fired up to give the Thunderon a quick clean. (not saturated). This lessened the dots left behind after using it. So, one more time with my steamer. This was an additional improvement. While all of this is early on, my feeling is the Thunderon needs to be steam cleaned a few times before it will perform at it’s best.
This is my initial report.
The Audioquest is somewhat of a pain to use, mainly because of how close the swing out wiper attachment is mounted to it. Of coarse you can remove this.
The last brush I used before buying the latest AQ was the DAK. www.DAKindustries.com It is identical to the HUNT. It had the fiber pad between the two outer rows of carbon fiber as well. I really didn’t find it any better than the AQ.
another vote for the Hunt.
i have several brushes including the Audiquest which is pretty popular but for me the bristles are too flimsy and it leaves dust behind nearly all the time. in contrast the Hunt which usually does a decent job but is certainly not perfect.
i would like to try the "Analog Relax" but Amazon shows that it may arrive after Christmas :( There is a German brush that has been mention on this site but i cannot remember the name, i would also like to give that a try.
The demo for the Thunderon makes the process look quick, easy and effective.
I see that the Hunt/DAK brush claims to remove dust from both the surface and inside the grooves.
Good word of mouth about the Hunt over the years.
It goes without saying that the record being used has first had a thorough wet/ultrasonic cleaning.
What I wonder is how long will the charge last on the fibers of these brushes.
When my original Audioquest-anti-static-brush was new, it worked so well picking up dust that I didn't need to use my Zerostat. Now the brush has no anti-static properties and I use it in combination with the Zerostat.
You bring up an excellent point regarding how long the anti-static charge will last on one of these brushes? This may be one of, or the main reason I opted for the Destat to use in my regimen?
In the end, I think there is no one perfect solution, especially since static is formed by the act of the stylus traveling the lp anyway. In the long run, the expense of the Destat was worth it for me...at $100.00 off retail.
The very best solution I ever had was when my Audio Desk cleaner was working....after the air drying mode...straight to the platter......Ahhhhhh!!!
@slaw , I completely understand your reasoning. As I discovered, I needed to use my Zerostat, then use the brush to remove any leftover particles.
If you noticed on the Thunderon site, it's recommended to hold the record and not have it on the platter.
I've also found that the anti-static procedure works best when off the platter.
I use this:
And then this at the spot where I lift the brush. (never got the hang of the swish-lift just right)
You may find even lower prices if you shop.
That’s actually an interesting question. The mystery is why would removing the static charge - if any - prior to playing the CD help, since spinning the plastic disc at high speed during play is what ostensibly places the static charge on the disc in the first place. As to whether CDs or other objects in the room develop static charges I suspect depends mostly on humidity in the room. It also depends on what size static charge is audible.
Geoff, that's right. Any static charge on the disk would happen in the transport. Now what happens if I remove the disc and place it directly into a soft plastic case. Since plastic is an insulator and not a conductor, would the static charge be preserved on the CD?
The Diskeeper Anti-Static CD Sleeve adds to my confusion regarding CD's needing to be statically discharged...
I don’t know. If it’s any consolation the anti static sleeves are apparently designed for Japanese mini LPs. As I already asked, what good is eliminating static charge on the CD prior to play if the static charge is placed there by playing It? Ditto keeping them in anti static sleeves. I.e., it doesn’t matter if the CDs in sleeves have a static charge or not.
An email I received today, states that www.partsconnexion.com has one more Destat at $259.00/free shipping. This really isn’t a recommendation, just info. If you’re in this for the LONG haul, I think it’s a good investment. The Miltys don’t last forever and at $90 a pop, if you buy three, you’ll be better off with the Destat.
I conducted the non- scientific tissue test last night with 8 different anti static devices. They are ranked from bests to worst. Six of them are brushes as noted below. The other two devices I used in the test was the Mity Zerostat Gun and the Walker Audio Talisman.
My testing method was slightly different than placing the record on the table and gliding the brush/device over the record. I held the record in my hand while using each device. The Milty Gun and the Kirmuss Brush completely eliminated the static as well as the Boundless Brush. But the Kirmuss was a bit better than the Boundless Brush. I must state that they are my newest brushes with very little use. After my initial results I blasted the 5 other devices with the Milty Gun. The performance of the brushes improved to the approximate degree of the Boundless Brush.
I think my older brushes retained some level of charge as a result of more use even though they are insulators.
++1) Milty Zerostat Gun, the best. Effected both sides of the record from a one side application.
1) Kirmuss KA-B Combination Brush
2) Boundless Brush
3) Pro-Ject Brush
4) Audio Quest Brush w/gold handle
5) Analog Relax Brush
6) Walker Talisman
7) Audio-Technica Sonic Boom Brush/Pad. The Sonic Boom added static charge to the record.
I would agree. However their advertisements states something a little different.
“Magnetic fields and static electricity can greatly affect audio and video playback equipment and source material. The Talisman temporarily dissipates magnetic fields and static electricity allowing the phono cartridge or laser reader to transmit a purer, more accurate signal. Use the Talisman to treat LPs, CDs, SACDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, and Blu Ray discs, as well as treating your audio and video cables in place!
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