Originally Posted by omegaman
I have seen the guns, do they work or are they just a gimmick ? If they work is there a cheaper alternative than the milti zerostat, I would rather spend $100 on records.
I agree with 4N6's approach. The only way to reliably and consistently beat static on vinyl is wet cleaning and vacuuming, ensuring that the record side is completely covered in cleaning fluid (no air gaps) and that the fluid is then vacuumed away using a vacuum attachment that either does not make any contact with the vinyl surface or at worse makes "wet" contact with the surface. I would also advise copious "full coverage" rinsing with distilled water subsequent to this in the same mannner (ie vacuuming it off). As soon as you attempt any sort of "dry" cleaning, it will just make the static problems worse.
My experience is that the zerostat you speak of is 20% effective and 80% placebo. It is, however, useful as a quick squirt just before the record goes on the platter, but the effect is nothing remotely close to the power of wet cleaning.
You will be amazed at the quietness of vinyl when a proper cleaning procedure is in place. But there are only two main words to remember in quietning down vinyl - "wet" and "vacuum".
As far as preparation just prior to playing an LP, I would advise steering clear of any sort of brush, apart from carbon fibre. But even as far as carbon fibre is concerned, off the shelf it has no innate capability of removing
static per se - all it can do is clean the surface without adding
static. You thus need to ground the brush. Since I haven't actually found a brush that has a grounding wire, apart from the dust bug (which is no use for pre-cleaning), I modified my Audioquest brush so that it shares a common ground with the rest of the system. Not all brushes can be grounded either. For example the Hunt can't be, since the body does not conduct from the brush fibres. But you can ground the Audioquest without problems (might lose some hairs initially though).