What a great product and at a very reasonable cost especially for the consistent results achieved. I too have gone thru various gear and the Zerostat still goes on and on.
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Like you I have a litany of stuff going back decades covered by an original Zerostat bought for $29.99 in about 1970, which is still going strong. It is white. I also have a newer blue one in another house that cost about $79.99. But both are relagated to back seat status these days by a Furutech destat III, which cost $399.00 and works so much better than the Zerostats that it isn't even funny. Progress marches on.
"Purchased in 1987 at Rogersound stereo in the SF Valley for $725."
dwellwer- I still have my RSL Speedscreens, from the Torrance store. I paid around the same amount. They were retired and mothballed in the mid 90's.
This old review was for the 2nd generation. My pair are the 1st, which had a conventional tweeter and cleaner looks IMO. Sonics I thought, werent dramatically different.
Sadly, In a few more years, RSL was done.
The original Zerostat was sold by Discwasher and was part of a kit which included the Discwasher brush, D3 fluid, and stylus brush. They were also sold separately in red and early models were white.
The modern era Zerostat is made by Milty (blue) and was selling for $90US, but is now on Amazon for $70.
My old red Zerostat was becoming ineffective, so I found a seller on Ebay who had a case of NOS Discwashers. I bought a brand new red Zerostat for $50 (the Milty was $90) and it works very well when you follow the directions. Although, after playing one side of a record a static charge does build up on the vinyl.
Back in 1980 or so, next door to Sound Components in Gainesville, was a Pizza Hut with a table top computer game. I forget whether it was Pac Man, Mrs Pac Man or the one with the aliens dropping from the sky (Space Invaders?). We discovered a great use for the ZeroStat. When fired at these game machines around town, we were given thousands of dollars in free games, a great find for college boys.