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Old 28th August 2016, 03:54 PM
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I have two devices dating from many decades past. One is a Watts "Dust Bug" with a transparent plastic arm rotating round a pivot attached by a suction cup to the TT base and a small cylindrical brush to which a cleaning liquid had to be applied. The other is a 4" wide brush that can be rotated into a holder when not in use. I've seen virtually identical versions of the second on the internet.

I'm not sure whether these did more harm than good, because I can't see how they could lift anything off the surface rather than spreading it around, inflicting collateral damage in the process.

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Old 28th August 2016, 09:58 PM
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Well I suppose we have moved on. The Dust Bug and the hand held brush probably don't move much from the groove and as you say, may spread detritus deep into the groove. We use them in a limited way now (the dust bug sucker left marks on the TT top plate which now reduces the 2nd hand value) but they certainly picked up surface fluff which helped towards preventing the stylus getting clogged.

These days, I still use a carbon fibre brush to sweep the LP before playing but for cleaning I use an Okki Nokki vacuum record cleaner which does for me what I need.
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Old 29th August 2016, 07:57 AM
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Hello Edwin, I agree with Greg that times have moved on, but the Watts brush does work, I have one and do use it on occasions, but not with the sucker, I made a free standing pivot that sits on the side of the plinth, my other methods of cleaning are a Hunt EDA Mk 6 brush, very well respected by the Hi-Fi press, and a Spin Clean wet record cleaner. BOB
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Old 29th August 2016, 10:24 AM
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Aha the
Hunt EDA Mk 6 brush still using mine it must be 25/30 years old now and still does the job just fine
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Old 29th August 2016, 03:37 PM
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I see that Amazon offers the Hunt brush for a mere 128 and that an American website offers it at an even merer $29.99. Perhaps the Amazon version puts a layer of extra instruments onto the recording.
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Old 29th August 2016, 04:54 PM
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Yes, I noticed that. I use one of these which is a copy or a rebadged version and it's excellent. Mine has Goldring on it.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Super-Exst...EAAOSw74FXOfx2

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Old 29th August 2016, 05:13 PM
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How much !!!!!, well, I must be a lucky chap, I have two, anyone care to buy one, shall we say 80.00 BOB
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Old 29th August 2016, 07:24 PM
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I can remember my Hunt EDA Mk 6 brush cost me 8.00 all those years ago

I even remember the shop I got it at C.Bruce millers music shop another retailer gone from the high street now a 15 million-hotel plan

ho well back to the hunts record care I even had their record cleaning kit came in a Hunts logo red box with brushes and fluid plus stickers marked 1/10 so you could keep track of the cleaning

some of my albums still have the stickers on them nothing on Google about this long gone kit thou
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Old 29th August 2016, 08:16 PM
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Yes I've got a VPI washer and a Bib Groove Kleen to sweep quickly before playing, works well and seems to still be available, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bib-Groov-K.../dp/B00CA1AD40

Edit, ah the Bib looks very similar to the cleaner Greg linked to, yes they work well enough to get surface dust and hairs off
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Old 29th August 2016, 09:01 PM
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Yes, I think here are several on the market. All are the same (not patterns) but simply have different badges printed on them. That Bib is even cheaper on eBay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/B-TECH-BTB...EAAOSwENxXm1bD
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