Airborne static is an issue that plagues vinyl lovers and their collections. Static electricity attracts dust – which for proper playback of vinyl is best avoided. For best results, vinyl records should be kept clean and as free from dust and contaminants as possible.
There are several methods to reduce the effect of static on your record collection. Firstly, replacement of the original sleeves with anti-static sleeves is a must, especially after cleaning. (Note – it’s worth keeping the original sleeves, as they help to insure your records retain their value)
You can also obtain carbon-fibre record cleaning brushes that help to discharge static electricity as the vinyl is brushed. However – one of the most effective methods is the use of an anti-static gun, such as the Milty Zerostat 3.
Supplied in simple cardboard and plastic packaging, the Zerostat is a simple, yet effective device. A large metal trigger is the only control – and no accessories are required, though an accessory is provided for use if you’re in any doubt that the gun is doing its job.
Operation is simple. Point the gun at the object from which you wish to discharge static (I use it primarily for records, but it works great for almost any object), and slowly depress and release the trigger. Operating the trigger too quickly causes the gun to emit a loud crack sound – this doesn’t appear to cause any damage, but the results are less effective.
Depressing the trigger causes a steady stream of negative ions to be released. Similarly, releasing the trigger results in a positively charged stream of ions. The generator consists of 2 powerful piezoelectric crystals and a patented compression trigger, and is rated for 10,000 cycles.
The results are fantastic to say the least. The Zerostat has successfully and effectively discharged any static from every test record I’ve tried, several of which were effective to the point that the static charge was significantly degrading the sound. The vinyls themselves were a magnet for dust and dirt – but after a zap with the Zerostat gun, this was no-longer a problem.
If you’re vinyl lover, this is a must-have accessory. It’s a little expensive, but the improvement in sound and the cleanliness of your records is well worth the price. Highly recommended.