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kev1213
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static

finally got my turntable talking to my amp.
any suggestions on eliminating static pops when spinning my vinyl?
years ago i recall disc=washer made an "anti static gun" which seemed to do the trick.
thoughts / advice ?

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Re: static

The cooler weather and lower humidity this time of year makes it a lot worse. The first thing I did when I bought a table was to get rid of the felt mat.

I haven't had to use any static control as we rarely need to run the heater down where I live. What little problem I had was cleared up by ditching the felt.

You might check out the needle doctor site for static control. Michael Fremer's site might have some advice as well.

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Re: static

The Zerostat Antistatic Gun is now made by a company called Milty. It retails for around a hundred dollars and can be found at most of the online retailers like Music Direct, Audio Advisor, Acoustic Sounds, and Needle Doctor. Links:

http://www.musicdirect.com/product/73947
http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ZESTAT
http://store.acousticsounds.com/browse_detail.cfm?Title_ID=10413
http://www.needledoctor.com/Milty-Zerostat-Gun?category=480

It's also a good idea to keep the humidity in the room on the high side, and of course, make sure the turntable is properly grounded.

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Re: static

Buy - and use - a vacuum record cleaner and some decent inner liners. And the ZeroStat only if you still have a problem with pops and snaps.

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Re: static

Hi Jan! I use my Zerostat even after cleaning with my VPI machine. Wet cleaning with the VPI gets rid of some of the static, especially if there was a lot in the first place, but some still remains. Sometimes I can feel it if I pass the back of my fingers very close to the surface. Do you use a fluid with antistatic properties?

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Re: static

No, I use a DIY solution with distilled water and a few drops of a liquid detergent (All Free without dyes or perfumes) per cup of water. A bit of Everclear if the disc is very dirty with smoke residue or some other gunk the water/detergent can't clean. And a distilled water rinse. My vacuum system is the Disc Doctor machine.

I thoroughly saturate the disc's playing surface with solution and rinse water and do a good bi-directional cleaning with a VPI brush and a microfiber towel for the rinse. People I know seem to have more noise when they just run a line of cleaner across the disc and try to spread it around the entire disc. Since my cleaning solution costs a few pennies per disc I can afford to be very generous with its application.

Each situation is different but I don't have a problem with static or pops and snaps after cleaning.

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Re: static

as always, thanks for the 411...props to all !

:-)

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