A very cheap but extremely effective tweak for records’ static

sombunya

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I played a record the other day, digitized it actually, and it was so quiet I sent a note to the label complementing them on such a fine pressing. Quiet passages and between tracks it sounded great and the waveform confirmed it. I have a Zerostat but don't use it much because I don't see static as a problem, leastways not where I live. I like reading the reviews here, however.
 

Bobvin

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With the record spinning, light up the spark and scan it across the disc surface, keeping a small distance of say 10mm. View attachment 72834
My ritual is a shot of compressed air against the direction of the spinning disk (record spinning towards me) to blow off any surface dust, then on opposite side (record spinning away from me) I pass the plasma arc over the record a few times slowly, back and forth, as he said about 1 cm above the record. (Unlike the photo above I do keep it away from my cartridge.)

I've always been leery of using compressed air to blow off any dust as it creates static, but now the worry is gone.
 
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defride

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Also bought one then another for an audio buddy for Christmas. He was bemused when it turned up in the post without explanation :)

Thanks for the tip
 
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matakana

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My ritual is a shot of compressed air against the direction of the spinning disk (record spinning towards me) to blow off any surface dust, then on opposite side (record spinning away from me) I pass the plasma arc over the record a few times slowly, back and forth, as he said about 1 cm above the record. (Unlike the photo above I do keep it away from my cartridge.)

I've always been leery of using compressed air to blow off any dust as it creates static, but now the worry is gone.

This is the blower I use.
 

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Vienna

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I am very glad that this inexpensive tweak helped
 

kimurastanley

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I just received mine today and it definitely works as mentioned.

Better clarity, quieter and the vocal becomes more natural and presence.

Thanks for the tip!
 

timztunz

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it is very dry in here for the last week. Humidity Is around 30 to 40%. So perfect weather to test the plasma lighter. It works very well. Very effective. No more static when lifting LP from the platter. To me, it works better than DS Audio. I will put up DS Audio for sale.
When you say it works better than the DS Audio do you mean that you hear an improvement using the plasma lighter when the DS Audio unit is working as well? Or do you mean that it works as well or better than the DS Audio unit by itself?
 

pcosta

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I got mine yesterday. Can't say everything sounds better, but certainly does remove the static. I the past when removing a record, I could feel the record almost cling to the platter, when the separation was made you could hear the static. A quick hover over the record while pressing the button works quickly and efficiently. Best part is I didn't spend a fortune.
 
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timztunz

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I got one yesterday too. I can light a cigarette with that thing. I’m not putting it 1cm from my records. I’ll stick with the DS Audio.
 

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