I’ve been using (the same) AudioQuest Record Brush since I lost my Decca record brush in a move many years ago. I imagine I’ll keep using it until my next big move, after which someone else will inherit it. These things last forever—certainly longer than I will—and do the job they’re intended to do. (Or so I thought—foolish me.) No, they don’t replace a record-cleaning machine, but let’s face it: Do you really use that Klaudio or Clearaudio or Record Doctor every time you put a given LP on the platter? I don’t. Oh, I give records a deep cleaning every half-dozen or so plays, but the rest of the time, like you, I brush them off with my AudioQuest.
Comes now a new and improved version of AudioQuest’s ubiquitous carbon-fiber wonder that answers the burning question: “Does the AudioQuest Record Brush provide a ‘good electrical path between the fibers and the handle?’” Apparently the answer is: “No,” according to AudioQuest’s Bill Low.
Enter AudioQuest’s Conductive Fiber Record Brush, which has “ideal conductivity from the Carbon Fibers, through the internal parts of the brush, to the conductive Gold Contacts placed right where your fingers need them.” The result: Static electricity (and the clicks and pops it can cause) is grounded at your hand, rather than being sent back into the vinyl through the brush. Additionally, the new AudioQuest uses “a far greater quantity of new smaller fibers in order to more effectively sweep away micro-dirt, not just the less relevant visible dust.”
Well, ok, maybe. I dunno. On first acquaintance, the only change I noted was that the brush feels different (lighter and a bit flimsier) than the original. But who cares? You’re going to buy one; I’m gonna buy one; anyone who listens to vinyl is gonna buy one. And if Bill Low says it’s improved, so much the better.
Not just highly recommended—the thing is indispensable.