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Posted on July 5, 2012 at 11:44:55
crucialchase
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I have been searching the internet up and down and haven't found much luck I got one of these flat rubber brushes with felt pad...seems to clean good but still has that static sound on a couple of my records. These records are very clean and in mint condition. So I'm confused on what is causing this and how to rid my records of it. I don't mind crackle and pop from old records with minor scratches...but this sounds like radiostatic something that erks the crap out of me.

Okay here is a video of what's going on. Bear with the bad camera work haha but I had to change the record... two records are in question
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeoHWTIIIao]

Its not on all records. My new cat power...sounds pristine.

 

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RE: static sound on records, posted on July 5, 2012 at 11:51:32
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Try a wet cleaning method. If the problem is static electricity this should solve your problem.


-Wendell

 

RE: static sound on records, posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:03:15
crucialchase
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Did you watch the video. Does that sound like static electricity? Can I use lens cleaner with my felt brush? I just got the brush today thinking it was going to help but it hasen't

 

RE: static sound on records, posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:12:01
volunteer
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I can't tell from the video but if, as you say, the records are mint that is my best guess. Dry cleaning only exacerbates the problem.


-Wendell

 

RE: static sound on records, posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:17:27
crucialchase
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All I have is the brush and lens cleaner. Would that work. I've never had this problem before. Well not with mint records at least. I used to use lens clean with a microfiber cloth. But that didn't help so I got that brush thinking it was suppose to help with static(friend told me) and today it didn't help. Is there a special way to do it? I don't want to keep having to buy things hoping that it helps.

 

RE: static sound on records, posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:40:47
volunteer
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Do a search of the archives for "record cleaning". There is tons of useful information. I have no idea what you would clean with the lens cleaner or how you would do it.


-Wendell

 

RE: static sound on records, posted on July 5, 2012 at 13:20:08
crucialchase
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Okay. I just heard that lens cleaner is basically the same thing as record cleaning solutions. Its non abrasive ans whatnot.

 

RE: static sound on records, posted on July 6, 2012 at 15:30:10
elix
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Hard to tell. That's some pretty extreme noise though. I sort of wonder if it's just a pressing flaw. Is it in both channels(left and right) or just one? I don't think static would be just on the first few revolutions of a record like that. Also, static won't sound exactly the same every time you play it. It will crackle in different places, typically.

 

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