Acc-Sees Antistatic Carbon Fiber Cleaning Brush - £5.99 prime/+£3.99 del. non-prime @ Amazon
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Acc-Sees Antistatic Carbon Fiber Cleaning Brush - £5.99 prime/+£3.99 del. non-prime @ Amazon

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Found 29th Jan
I was just looking for a decent carbon fibre record cleaning brush, after my copy of Queen's "A Night At The Opera" (original 1975 release) lifted the felt mat right off the turntable. This Acc-Sees one was coming in at £5.99 for prime members (like myself), with a normal buying price of £9.98. Its currently an Amazon Choice item, so I would expect it to be of a decent standard.

A must have if you have vinyl records.
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How good are these at deep cleaning the groves? My needle just gets a ball of fur attached to it from my ancient vinyl. The pleasing feeling of taking off though.
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M0nk3h11 m ago

How good are these at deep cleaning the groves? My needle just gets a ball …How good are these at deep cleaning the groves? My needle just gets a ball of fur attached to it from my ancient vinyl. The pleasing feeling of taking off though.



Its more for eliminating static and lifting surface dust. There are specialist cleaning "baths" for deep cleaning vinyl. But one of my favourites is using PVA glue. Smother the entire surface in the glue, leave it to dry completely, then peel off. This will lift all the dust and other particles which have become embedded in the groove. Be sure to use educational grade glue though. There are fewer harmful chemicals and toxins in it which could cause lasting damage to the vinyl.
mickrick3 m ago

Its more for eliminating static and lifting surface dust. There are …Its more for eliminating static and lifting surface dust. There are specialist cleaning "baths" for deep cleaning vinyl. But one of my favourites is using PVA glue. Smother the entire surface in the glue, leave it to dry completely, then peel off. This will lift all the dust and other particles which have become embedded in the groove. Be sure to use educational grade glue though. There are fewer harmful chemicals and toxins in it which could cause lasting damage to the vinyl.


Great tip, now the other is, how do you protect the label?
I had one of these for 30+years. They work well at removing hair, fluf and other annoying detritus and removing static.
Remember them well, also the small roller on an arm that you placed opposite the tone arm. The good old days, cant believe this old analogue tech is so popular. Might dig my old betamax out of the attic lol
M0nk3h12 h, 19 m ago

Great tip, now the other is, how do you protect the label?


don't let a 3 year old do it

the runout should be plenty of space

HEAT
Bendown4 h, 14 m ago

Remember them well, also the small roller on an arm that you placed …Remember them well, also the small roller on an arm that you placed opposite the tone arm. The good old days, cant believe this old analogue tech is so popular. Might dig my old betamax out of the attic lol


Many years ago, I went into a small local electrical shop and asked if they had Dust Bugs. She came back with vacuum cleaner bags.
Is it not something to neutralise the static you need? See my old Zeostat gun is now over 50 quid on Amazon ....
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whydoiwastemytimehere23 h, 11 m ago

I had one of these for 30+years. They work well at removing hair, fluf and …I had one of these for 30+years. They work well at removing hair, fluf and other annoying detritus and removing static.



whydoiwastemytimehere23 h, 11 m ago

I had one of these for 30+years. They work well at removing hair, fluf and …I had one of these for 30+years. They work well at removing hair, fluf and other annoying detritus and removing static.



I know. Daylight robbery. But if you touch the spindle of the turntable (thus grounding yourself) while using this, the static gets eliminated. I've read about people buying these guns and them breaking down fairly quickly. So the only other option is to buy a humidifier. Ain't gonna happen.
mickrick18 h, 26 m ago

I know. Daylight robbery. But if you touch the spindle of the turntable …I know. Daylight robbery. But if you touch the spindle of the turntable (thus grounding yourself) while using this, the static gets eliminated. I've read about people buying these guns and them breaking down fairly quickly. So the only other option is to buy a humidifier. Ain't gonna happen.


No you miss the point. Its the vinyl that has the static charge, that need discharging to avoid attracting dirt and dust. humidifier has nothing to do with it. BTW those static guns worked.
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whydoiwastemytimehere51 m ago

No you miss the point. Its the vinyl that has the static charge, that need …No you miss the point. Its the vinyl that has the static charge, that need discharging to avoid attracting dirt and dust. humidifier has nothing to do with it. BTW those static guns worked.


Okay, I really hoped I didn't have to do this, but here goes.

I know the static is "in" the vinyl. And I know this is the most common way dust and other debris is attracted to the vinyl. I've collected records since the mid 1970s. If you check a few of the vinyl forums you'll see that carbon fibre cleaners are recommended as an economical means for discharging static. And touching the spindle to ground yourself provides an escape for the static from the pad.

Humidifiers are also recommended for dry climates, as static builds up much quicker, and in larger amounts, in a dry climate. Hence the humidifier. The humidity in the air also makes the dust particles heavier, preventing them from lifting into the air. It's also the reason why manufacturers of decent screen protectors for mobile devices recommend installing them in a humid atmosphere.

And yes, the guns work. But they were much more reliable "back in the day", and a lot more affordable as well. Many owners of modern versions are complaining that they stop working over short periods.
Completely agree with what your saying above.
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Mine arrived yesterday. A tiny wee thing. I took my copy of UB40's "UB44" album from 1982, and which I haven't even taken out of the sleeve in 30+ years. I ran this brush round it a couple of times and then stuck it on. Not so much as a crackle or a pop. And it sounded as good now as it did then. Cracking record.
CD's are the way forward!
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