A very cheap but extremely effective tweak for records’ static

Vienna

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I thought that you may find the following tweak useful, as it’s very effective and comes at a ridiculously low cost.
Some time ago I read this post https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewtopic.php?t=120963.
since these plasma lighters are inexpensive I gave it a try and it works 100%
Besides the complete static elimination, the sound’s clarity is improved in a very noticeable way.
@bazelio a while ago wrote me that he has the same sound results.
 

Direct Drive

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Worth a try. Only £11 in UK.

For sale at Amazon UK

 
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I thought that you may find the following tweak useful, as it’s very effective and comes at a ridiculously low cost.
Some time ago I read this post https://www.vinylengine.com/turntable_forum/viewtopic.php?t=120963.
since these plasma lighters are inexpensive I gave it a try and it works 100%
Besides the complete static elimination, the sound’s clarity is improved in a very noticeable way.
@bazelio a while ago wrote me that he has the same sound results.

How do you use this lighter?
 

Vienna

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How do you use this lighter?
Put the record on the platter, clean it as usual and start spining it, then trigger the plasma lighter at a distance of about 1 cm away from the surface, use it for a couple of turns and try to cover the full width of the tracks.
Then play the music as usual.

P.S. to see the exact effect, just magnetise a plastic pen with static (rub it against wool) and aproach a paper, then trigger the plasma lighter and you will see that instantly the static is eliminated
 

Coimbra

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Put the record on the platter, clean it as usual and start spining it, then trigger the plasma lighter at a distance of about 1 cm away from the surface, use it for a couple of turns and try to cover the full width of the tracks.
Then play the music as usual.

P.S. to see the exact effect, just magnetise a plastic pen with static (rub it against wool) and aproach a paper, then trigger the plasma lighter and you will see that instantly the static is eliminated
Thank you. Martin
 
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bazelio

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This works very well. Last night I used it on a record with no obvious static. I played the first track prior to treatment, and then again immediately after treatment with the plasma igniter. I was surprised to hear a noticeably greater level of clarity after the treatment. In addition, the stylus now touches down on the vinyl in absolute silence when lowering the tonearm.
 

Direct Drive

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Mine arrived yesterday. Been using it today....Best £11 I've spent in a while.
It does work. Makes the surface noise drop significantly. I'm convinced I could hear the static dissipating as I clicked. USB rechargeable.
 

Coimbra

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Thank you. Martin
Put the record on the platter, clean it as usual and start spining it, then trigger the plasma lighter at a distance of about 1 cm away from the surface, use it for a couple of turns and try to cover the full width of the tracks.
Then play the music as usual.

P.S. to see the exact effect, just magnetise a plastic pen with static (rub it against wool) and aproach a paper, then trigger the plasma lighter and you will see that instantly the static is eliminated

Hi Vienna - I am now using 3 days the plasma lighter. Work good and eliminate the static. The sound is improved. Regards from Portugal Martin.
 
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Vienna

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I am glad, happy listening
 
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Would this work as well?
 

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Vienna

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Would this work as well?
Yes of course, what matters is the positive charged ions which are being emitted from the plasma charge
 

kodomo

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Yes of course, what matters is the positive charged ions which are being emitted from the plasma charge
Thanks, I ordered one. I asked because the one you have shared has one arc, whereas the one I am buying has two :)
 

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I bought one of these things, tried it, and its great. I ordered three and gave them a holiday gifts to my audio buddies who stopped by last night for a listen to my new EtsuroGold and CSPort phono. One of the guys says he has the real test for the device as he reports his turntable, for some reason, creates a lot of static or it seems because he can hear it when lifting the LP off the surface. Any ideas where lots of static can be generated to cause this?
 
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I find that putting Bounce fabric softener sheets (unscented) under components will neutralize static build up. You can also wipe cables with them. Too cheap not to try.
 

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Thanks, I ordered one. I asked because the one you have shared has one arc, whereas the one I am buying has two :)
I bought one of these things, tried it, and its great. I ordered three and gave them a holiday gifts to my audio buddies who stopped by last night for a listen to my new EtsuroGold and CSPort phono. One of the guys says he has the real test for the device as he reports his turntable, for some reason, creates a lot of static or it seems because he can hear it when lifting the LP off the surface. Any ideas where lots of static can be generated to cause this?
I also bought one - quite an amazing drop in surface noise and clicks & pops - = more detail and more natural sound - not sure how, but must be the best 11£ I’ve spent in this normally expensive hobby.....
 

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Tried it and it seems to work. Thanks for the tip!
 

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