static buildup

Hey, I was wondering if anybody could help me with something that has been bothering me lately. I have a new music room and I am having problems with static build-up. Let me describe what I mean. It is particurally a problem with my record player. When I first begin to play a record it sounds fine, however as the music continues the distortion becomes more and more apparent. When I go to lift the arm I always get a big shock, one that is audible through the speakers. This also happens with my CD player only the audible effects are not detectable. Anyone have any ideas. I will admit I am new to this hobby so any help would be greatly appreciated.
I take it you have carpeted floors? If so, get a can of Static Guard and treat your carpet in front of your system. Uline also sells anti-static mats if you want to go that route. A zerostat gun would also be of benefit. I would also make it a practice to touch something metal to release any electrical charge before touching your tonearm. Those small electrical changes can't be good for your cartridge.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Hi, I have the same problem in my music room, a good humidifier has helped a whole lot. You can turn it down or off while listening. Hope this helps.
Mix a solution of one part of fabric softener to three parts of water and spray it sparingly on the carpet around the rack.
You may look at running a dedicated chassis ground to your outlet and use the wall plate screw not the plug in. just a thought.
Theo has the only idea that has really worked for me, although anything you can do to raise the humidity near your system is worth trying too. Good luck.
Hey everyone,

Thanks for all of your help. I guess I will start with the easiest first and see how it helps. That being the static guard. However, Theo that sounds great but I am a little mechanically retarded. Can I find out more info about how to run a dedicated chassis?