AudioQuest Conductive LP Cleaner Carbon Fiber Record Brush
A great little product no turntable owner should be without! Made with carbon fiber bristles, the Audioquest record brush uses conductive carbon fibers to eliminate static electricity while removing dust and fine particles that can degrade your record's sound.
Contains 624,000 highly conductive carbon fibers in two rows for effective record cleaning. Works on LCD screens & keyboards, too!
The Audioquest Carbon Fiber Record Brush gently reaches into the groove, pulling out dust and dirt that would otherwise snap, crackle, and pop through your speakers. Don't let those little intrusions turn into big interruptions.
"Throw Away Your Old AudioQuest Carbon Fiber Brush! AudioQuest's carbon fiber brush, in production for thirty five years, has been the industry "standard" dry record brush. If you have the one pictured above [the old grey handled version], please throw it out or donate it to a really needy record collector. You should replace it with AudioQuest's new carbon fiber brush..."
"... Why? Company founder Bill Low eventually realized that the original brush, along with most others, doesn't provide a good electrical path between the fibers and the handle, which is the static electricity "ground" discharge point to your hand. We are the world. You are the ground. The original brush's handle has a print-protecting coating that inhibits the static-electricity's path to ground. So AQ went back to the proverbial drawing board and re-designed the brush, which required new tooling for every part.
The new brush has what the company calls "ideal conductivity" from the carbon fibers, through the brush's internal parts to the conductive gold contacts placed close to your fingers, which is where they need to be." - Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com
1. Place record on platter and start turntable.
2. Holding the Brush's gold contacts, gently place the carbon fibers across the grooves. The fibers must touch the grooves, but should not bend - it is the ends of the fibers which do the cleaning.
3. Let the record turn a few times in order for the carbon fibers to gather both the visible dust, and the micro-dust that is too small to see.
4. With the brush still on the record, rotate your wrist and the brush counterclockwise, lifting the fibers off the record. Try not to lose the dust as you lift the brush off the record.
5. Rotate the brush within the black handle to clean the dust off the fibers.
6. The brush is better at gathering dust than at holding dust - so repeat steps 3 and 4 a second or third time. For records that are cleaned every time they are played, and not left out, a single pass with the Record Brush will keep them clean.