Turntable advice

Discussion in 'Vinyl Nutjob World: Turntable and Related Gear' started by Falcor, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. Gallic Dweller

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    Milty Zerostat gun - they now make a mark 3 model - and yes it does work. I used to live behind the Sierra Nevada mountains in Guadix, Andalucia. A wonderful healthy climate, semi desert with bone dry air. The locals said "you will have rocks in your nose for at least 3 years" -and they were right.

    Static was a serious problem for me, if I touched the volume on my Kat88 amp I got static, if I stroked one of our dogs I got a real shock.

    I used to use the Milty gun on an LP and then use a carbon fibre brush, then I would use the Milty again because even a carbon fibre brush creates static.

    Don't forget the stylus - never use any kind of 'stylus cleaning fluid'. They don't make them any more but look to buy s/hand an Audio Technica ultra-sonic stylus cleaner, they are brilliant. It's amazing what kind of gunge a stylus can pick up. It's battery operated. there's a 'cleaning pad' that you lower the stylus onto, switch on and leave for about 15 seconds. I've never heard of anyone damaging their stylus using this simple device. Your stylus is now 'polished' clean.

    The only effective way to keep your vinyl clean, is a record cleaning machine. Some people club together to buy one and that makes sense. I now use an MC, it cost me $399 - the AT33EV - bloody brilliant. I plan to buy another AT, the ART 9 @ around £700/$925, the amount of time a stylus lasts is determined by 2 factors - the amount of play time and the state of the vinyl.

    Keeping an LP static free means that the vinyl grooves won't be full of dust and other grunge. I've got LPs I bought in the 70s' some of which I've replaced via discogs and ebay but some are still good and playable - keep ypour vinyl clean and static free ditto for your stylus - oh yes, the music sounds better as well.
     
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    Oddly (or maybe not) using a Zerostat eliminated exactly the type of static discharge as @Ziva describes on my Prime.

    I'd also play around with the ground wire on the TNT, checking different configurations to see if that makes a difference.
     
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    Could be I was using it wrong, but the static discharges it seemed to contribute to killed one of the opamps in my phono pre and another member's. Both repaired now, but I stopped using the Zerostat that day, and have since also stopped having as much static. Moved on to a different table now and I don't have this issue at all.
     
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    Wow, that sucks! It is easy to use them incorrectly i.e. they are just as capable of adding static as they are of removing it. I've had good luck with it.
     

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