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Records sound a bit muffled? Good sound starts with a clean vinyl record.
 

Below, using both an Electron Microscope and Metallurgical Microscopes we'll explore how your LP records reproduce sound. Using a stylus's eye view of the groove, we'll better understand how the stylus interacts with your groove and how to keep the interaction at its best from now on. There's a lot more to cleaning and removing static from your LPs than meets the naked eye.
Don't Listen To The Dirt
 

At 400x you can see the dirt, dust and micro-dust that's not visible to the naked eye. This really is (was) one of my records that looked OK. Boy it sure doesn't look OK up close and personal at 400x. See the big LP groove pictures below.
 
 
By Sol Harari
It's a fact. It's the dust, dirt and grime you can't see with your naked eye on your records
"Hi Drew,
I love your emails. You're more regular and interesting than my family. I want to compliment you. Your vinyl record care system is amazing. It removed a skip I've suffered for years. Not only this, but these classic Angel recordings are crystal clear.
You've gained my confidence and trust in this product's quality. Sincerely,
"
J. R. (Orchestra Director) Austin, TX.

that does the most damage to your sound. Sure you hear a click or pop when your stylus hits a large dust particle.

But here's the thing. Your stylus is an analog device and needs to have intimate contact with the minute undulations in the groove to accurately reproduce your music. So, a 20,000Hz sound requires 20,000 undulations or waves to be reproduced by your stylus.

And as microscopic amounts of dirt, grime and other debris build up within your grooves, your stylus loses
How long is the groove on an LP? Plus 11 other LP Record fun facts.
Do You Know?????
the ability to precisely follow the groove waves and your sound quality starts to deteriorate. At first, it's probably not even noticeable but over time your sound becomes more and more muffled and degraded, until you clean your records.

And, that's why we're exploring all these microscopic pictures of our record grooves. It really is the micro-dust, dirt and grime that you can't see with the naked eye that causes you the most musical grief and sound deterioration.

Where is the L/R channel information located in your record grooves?
Do You Know?????
Is it clean? How many of you have used the flat palm of our hands to clean a record of dust? Oh my, I hope not. Anyway as you look at the groove up close and personal under the microscope, how much good do you think you did?

As you can see it's a long, long way down into the groove where the sound is. So you may have made the record look cleaner, but in reality not only didn't you make the record sound better, you likely made it worse by forcing some of the dust that was on the surface down into the grooves where the sound really lives.

Just a few spins of your record is all it takes for static free, super clean detailed sound with DAK's Carbon Fiber Anti Static Brush System.
Oh, and like the palm of your hand, totally flat record pads don't get deep into the grooves where your sound is. In fact, they simply brush over the top of the grooves and remove surface dust only. So unless they are carbon fiber or have a tuft don't use plain flat pads. You really do need a brush that will at least get into the grooves and preferably get all the way to the bottom of the groove.

See close-up electron microscope & metallurgical microscope pictures of your grooves. See The Pictures
Surface dust doesn't matter? Well, that's not really true. But it is. When dust is on the surface, it's on the ridges between the grooves. It's not in the groove undulations so it doesn't really hurt the sound. In fact, it's above the stylus part that holds the diamond tip. So likely you won't hear it hit. But it's likely that sooner or later it will migrate into the grooves so it's a bad idea to leave it.
 
Clean Grooves
Give You The Best Sound .
Clean grooves make all the difference. If you look at the 3rd groove up from the bottom, do you see the waves in the groove wall? That's your sound. See the big groove pictures below.
This Is Your Music
Deep, Deep In The Groove.
This is the bottom and side walls of the groove. This is where your stylus actually picks up the waves from the side walls.
 
 
Why Carbon Fiber Reason 1
Static Electricity Oh My.
Rub a balloon against your hair and then see how it sticks to the wall. It's the static electricity that makes it cling. And it's the same static electricity that causes dust and dirt that hurts your sound to be drawn to and held on your records.
Have you ever rubbed a balloon against your hair and then watched your hair stand on end or stuck the balloon to a wall? Static electricity is the build-up of an electrical charge in an object.

Static electricity causes objects to cling to each other, like when you take socks out of the dryer. It's called static cling and it's an attraction between two objects with different charges, (+) positive and (-).negative

Oh and when you rub your feet across a carpet the friction causes a static charge to build up inside of you. You can suddenly discharge this static electricity when you touch a friend (fun) or touch your computer or your records (bad).

Anyway, records are made of vinyl and vinyl pick up large amounts of static electricity. They pick it up when they sit. They pick it up when you slide them in and out of the sleeve. And they pick it up when you clean them (but hang on).

Plus, the very act of playing them, dragging the needle down the groove for 1500' creates static electricity. And why is static electricity bad? It's really bad because it attracts dust, lots and lots of dust, dirt, grime and smoke.

Just like when you rub a balloon against your hair and then stick to the wall, a record's charge causes it to become a magnet for dust. The beauty of a carbon fiber bush is that it allows the static charge to drain from the record.

You can see that the meter is pegged all the way at 0 resistance. I have the red probe on the carbon fiber and the black probe on the aluminum case. Now your records will be static free.
In fact, it's electrically conductive and it passes the static charge through the carbon fibers to the aluminum housing to you. Yes, you are part of the circuit. If it's a really dry day, hold onto a metal ground on your turntable or elsewhere or on normal days, your body will absorb the static from 1 or 2 records as you clean them with DAK's all new carbon fiber brush system.

Only Carbon Fiber - Just as a test, I bought about 8 different brush and cloth cleaning systems. I won't mention any names. But, not one of these non-carbon fiber brushes or pads or cleaning cloths have any conductivity at all.

Some even have wooden handles that are actually insulators. Even the new micro fiber cloths that can get into the grooves didn't have any conductivity that I could measure. And, I really tried. So get out your VOM and test things yourself like I did. It's really instructive. And it's a ton of fun too.

Oh, one last thought on static because it's so very important. If you have a static gun and you don't have a carbon fiber brush, use it for sure. And some of the top record cleaning machines that sell for hundreds of dollars do a good job of both cleaning and removing the static. So the carbon fiber brush isn't the only way. But it's sure the easiest and I think you'll find the best because it's so easy to use as often as you like.

Why Carbon Fiber Reason 2
It's The Size. It's The Shape.
A Million fibers Can't Be Wrong.
Forget Getting Just 1 Fiber Into The Groove.
 
Carbon fibers are so much smaller than a human hair that you won't just get just 1 fiber into the groove. You'll get lots of deep cleaning fibers to really clean your records.
Carbon fibers are a space-age manmade material with many industrially interesting properties. As you read above, they are a uniquely conductive nonmetallic material.

They are thin, very thin (you can get more than 1,000,000 in DAK's brush) and stronger than steel for their weight. In fact, they are many times thinner than a human hair as you can see to the right.

That's why their primary use is in aerospace and interestingly in motor sports due to their super lightweight properties and extreme strength.

Each carbon fiber is actually a bundle of thousands of carbon filaments. Each filament is made up of almost entirely carbon atoms.

The fibers are often drawn or spun into incredibly tough cloth. They are impervious to most corrosives.

In short lengths they are ideal for brushes because of their stiffness and strength albeit their expense prohibits their use in many applications.

Because they are so thin and strong they are ideal cleaning in microscopic spaces. And unlike hair they are resistant to shedding,

Using the electron microscope, you can see that there's room for lots of the static draining, side and bottom cleaning groove fibers to really clean your records. You can really hear the difference.
So, in short, even though they are much more expensive than conventional brush fiber components, they are ideal for cleaning records because their more than 1,000,000 fibers can reach down into the groove without damaging it.

The Electron Microscope gives you the power to see why carbon fibers work. As you look to the right you can see that I've laid 3 fibers into the groove.

But there's room for lots more of the more than 1,000,000 fibers which are on the brush to really clean the bottom and sides of your grooves. It's a difference you can hear.

And they are so strong that they are highly resistant to breaking. Plus, don't forget that they bleed off static electricity so that once the brush removes the dust, micro-dust, dirt and grime, it's not immediately re-attracted even by the very act of brushing itself.

Why Carbon Fiber Reason 3
Two Carbon Fiber Brushes
Separated By A Velvet Non-Conductive Pad.
You can see that the two anti static carbon fiber brushes are slightly longer. That's so they reach all the way into the groove to clean all the way to the bottom and sides thoroughly. With the static gone, and your grooves clean you'll be amazed just how good your records can sound again. Play them or copy them to CDs they sound great.
OK, now why choose this carbon fiber brush configuration? We've explored about how carbon fiber bristles can reach all the way down into the bottom of the groove to sweep out even stubborn micro-dust, dirt and debris. We know there are over 1,000,000 fibers in this brush to really reach down and make your records spectacularly clean sounding.

Use the mounting bracket to keep your brush safe and out of the way when you're not using it. Also use the edge of the mounting bracket to clean the brush after use. It just takes a second.
As you can see both carbon fiber brushes in the picture above are longer than the velvet pad that separates them. The velvet pad simply picks up what the carbon fiber brushes brush out of the grooves as well as loose surface dirt and dust.

We also explored all about how static electricity works and why it's the ultimate enemy of our LPs. Without static electricity dust wouldn't be attracted to our LPs and we'd only have to deal with dust that actually fell on the LP rather than having to deal with the results of LPs being virtual dust magnets.

And we saw using a VOM that the carbon fibers themselves are conductive. We saw that they are unique in the fact that they are conductive, but yet, they are not metal. And with my VOM you could see that in addition to the carbon fibers, they were electrically coupled to the aluminum housing and that's electrically coupled to you as you clean your records. So, your body is actually part of the anti-static cleaning system

So now that know all these facts, how did we stumble on this particular brush configuration? OK, the 1st brush reaches deep into the groove and pulls up the micro-dust particles as it moves along the bottom and sides of your grooves. Then the unique velvet pad moves along the record surface. It's not conductive.

You can mount the bracket anywhere or just use it to hold the brush. The brush snaps into the bracket.
It captures the dust pushed up by the 1st carbon fiber brush plus it grabs the loose dust on the record surface that you can see.

Finally a second carbon brush reaches deep into the grooves and catches any remaining dust partials and debris to be sure your record is 100% clean.

Plus because it's conductive it drains any remaining static electricity including any that might actually have been picked up by the velvet pad's interaction with the surface of the LP.

During the entire process the static electricity is drained off the LP through the carbon fibers, through the aluminum case into your hand. If it's a dry day, you might want to hold onto something grounded or metal, like a metal part of your turntable, or any convenient grounded metal.

Then you'll have super cleaned records with dust attracting static electricity drained so it won't be instantly attracted back to your treasured LPs and 45s. DAK's new anti-static, carbon fiber cleaning system is the ultimate solution to records that have been sitting for years and in great need of restoration.

How Records Work
Where Your Stylus
Really Meets The Groove, Really.
Most people don't know where the actual stereo sound tracks are located in the record groove. Out of 100 people most guess the bottom and side of the groove. Actually at the very beginning of Stereo LPs, that was tried.

But that presented problems. There was a lot of dirt and debris that built up over time in the bottom of the groove that disrupted that channel. And it was harder for the stylus to follow the hill and dale up and down motion.

Your stylus never touches the bottom. It rests on the groove walls at what's called the 45°x45° angle. It reads 1 channel from each side of the groove.
So a breakthrough came when they figured out how to cut the tracks into the grooves so the stylus hit the groove at a 45° x 45° angle. That means that the stylus meets the groove at a 45° angle on each side.

And so all modern LP records now use the 45°x45° standard, putting one track on each groove wall. Since records are analog, the actual groove walls carry the exact image of the sound waves or undulations of the music. So if you record a 20,000hz sound, you will get 20,000 waves in the wall per second.

More Complex Side Note: Of course hundreds of waves are all reacting at the same time, but you can best visualize how it works with a single simple wave. And the multiple waves are the same captured waves caught by a microphone, passed down the wire to an amp, recorded on tape and reproduced by speakers. So, cutting a record is just one more step that uses the same identical analog sound waves as all other analog devices.

OK back to the groove. It's imperative that the stylus follows these waves on both walls accurately or you won't get the sound you are trying to reproduce. If the intimate contact is broken or impaired by dirt, micro-dust and grime your music will lose detail or you'll hear clicks, pops and ticks.

Remember, that the stylus reproduces anything it hits. If it hits a 200Hz sound, it vibrates 200 times per second. If it hits a micro-dust particle you'll hear a tick. It's all simple physics. It's just that it's all microscopic. And while the concept is basically very simple and was in use as early as 1895 when the 1st groove recordings began, the real critical part is in the execution. And that's where the rubber meets the road or the stylus meets the groove in our case.

Grooves aren't straight and even. The sides physically reflect the actual sound waves.
Then, there's volume to worry about too. So now we've explored how the notes/frequencies are reproduced. But some are louder and some are softer. How does that work?

Well, it too is simple in concept but difficult in execution. The louder the sound the bigger physically that the waves or undulations have to be. See the concept is simple. Bigger waves in the walls equal louder sound. Also bass frequencies create bigger waves. So Bass and loud volume create deeper waves.

So here's how we solve the big waves? For volume, we use bigger waves. And when a record is cut, for loud passages, the waves are cut more deeply, bigger, and here's the smart part, the grooves are cut farther apart. Otherwise loud sounds from one track would intrude into adjacent tracks. So bigger waves, wider farther apart tracks. And you can actually see this when you use a microscope.

OK for big bass notes/frequencies, remember how we always remind you about the RIAA Phono equalization? Well what they do when they cut a record is cut the volume/amplitude (fancy word for volume) way back on the bass notes so it doesn't ruin the groove walls by making them so wide they run into adjacent grooves.

Then when you play it back, you need to have a phono preamp with the RIAA curve to reverse the bass that they cut back. So that's how you get big massive bass on LPs without running the groove walls into each other. It's simple.

A Record's Speed Is A Compromise.
It's always helpful to remember that a record's speed (33-1/3) is really a compromise between how much music you need to fit on the record and how good you want it to sound.

OK Drew, what the heck does that mean? OK here's the thing. Do you remember recording with open reel tape? We used to call it Reel to Reel tape? I (DAK) used to make tape back in the day, oh about 1968-1980. Anyway, do you remember that you could record at 7-1/2" or 3-3/4" inches per second (IPS)? Well I sure do.

In fact I still have a wall of reels of tape with all the recordings I made in high school and college, before cassettes came into being. Oh, cassettes never sounded as good as open reel tape recordings because cassettes only ran at 1-7/8 inches per second.

Anyway I digress again. So the faster you recorded with tape, the better the sound because you didn't have to squeeze 20,000 vibrations into a small length of tape. So if you went from 3-3/4IPS to 7-1/2IPS you got twice the number of magnetic particles to record your signal. And it sounded a whole lot better.

It's the same with records. As the stylus moves along the groove, it can do a much better job of reproducing the musical waves if the record is turning faster, more inches per second. That's why the original records turned at 78RPM.

Record cutters had gotten much better and vinyl was much cleaner than the materials they had available for old 78s, so that's how we ended up with 33-1/3. So, most records have about 22-25 minutes per side. If you needed more you would have to turn the record slower, which they did for spoken word at 16-2/3s. But faster would have given even better sound. But everyone agreed on a standard, and 33-1/3 was born.

And it represented a compromise where it was fast enough for good sound reproduction while being slow enough to allow for an acceptable number of minutes of music to be reproduced.

But, not all parts of your LPs are equal. There's 33-1/3 and there's 33-1/3rpm. Everyone thinks 33-1/3 is the speed. But it isn't. Records ARE NOT A CONSTANT SPEED ANALOG DEVICE. When you start to play a record at 33-1/3, at the outside of the LP where the diameter of the record is about 11-1/4" you are actually achieving an Inch Per Second (IPS) Speed at the stylus of about 19.25 IPS per second. It's π Pi*D (if you've forgotten your junior high math) which is 35 inches. Then since the record is turning at 33-1/3 revolutions per minute, that's about .55 of a revolution per second which makes the inches per second about 19.25 IPS. (35 inches times .55).

But when you get to the center of the Record, where the diameter is only about 5.5", the effective inch per second speed is down to about 9.6 IPS. So using π Pi*D again, we get about 17.25 inches in circumference. Then using 33-1/3RPM which is about .55 of a revolution per second we get to 9.6IPS.

So, no matter how good your equipment is, it will always reproduce a record's sound so that the outside part is going to be twice as good as the inside part. And that's a fact. How much of that difference you actually hear is up to your equipment, your speakers and your ears. But the difference is there.

OK, let's take a breath. Now you know how records work. And remember, a clean record will always outperform a dirty record. So when you use DAK's new carbon fiber static draining brush you'll make a significant difference in the sound you hear and if you are using our LP to CD system, the copies you make. Records at their best sound great. Records that are dirty, don't.

The Final Carbon Fiber Brush Facts
Just A Few Turns Is All It Takes
DAK's Anti Static Carbon Fiber Vinyl Record Care System contains more than 1,000,000 individual carbon fiber cleaning bristles. There are actually 2 separate carbon fiber brush elements. One at the front of the brush and one at the back of the brush.

Between the two separate carbon fiber brushes is a high quality velvet surface cleaning brush. The velvet pad is not conductive and separates the two sets of carbon fiber bristles.

All 3 brush elements are contained in a heavy conductive aluminum housing that is in contact with both carbon fiber brushes.

During cleaning, you actually become part of the static draining capabilities of the brush as the static is drained from the record, to the carbon fibers to the aluminum housing to your hand. By grounding yourself to a metal part of the turntable or any other ground source, you complete the static draining circuit.

DAK's Carbon Fiber brush system is wider than the vinyl part of the record so you can easily clean from the center label to beyond the record lead-in edge at once. It's about 4-1/4" wide, 1-1/4" deep and 1-1/4" tall. It's backed by a 1-year warranty against manufacturing defects. It comes complete with a wall mounting bracket that's also a brush cleaner.

Just Added Help Drew
Learn About Your Records
Hi, It's Drew here. I'd really appreciate it if you could take my two polls so I can have a better idea of how many records you have and how you clean them. Please answer before reading my review if you can, but either way, I really appreciate your most candid answers.
Thanks. . .Drew
Talk Back Poll
Still Got Records?
Q: How many LPs, 45s and 78s do you still own?
0 Drew, That's so 20th century
1-50
51- 100
101- 250
251-500
501-1000
1001+

DAK Is For You!
Talk Back Poll
Clean Your Records?
Q: If you clean your records before playing them do you.
I don't clean them. They are OK
I use the palm of my hand.
I use a record cleaning machine
I use a lint free cloth
I use a carbon fiber brush
I use a dry brush
I use a brush or cloth with cleaning solution
I use diluted alcohol
I use distilled water.
I do clean them, but I use another method

DAK Is For You!

 
How Well Do You Know
How Your Records Work Quiz?
Let's test ourselves about how much we know about how the LPs we love to listen to produce all that beautiful music. Sure you know how to play them. But do you know how they work? Well, there's an easy way to find out. Take my new LP What Do You Know? and find out how much you really know.

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Quiz Question 1.) About how long is the groove of an average 22 minute LP?
It's About
1. 350 Feet
2. 500 Feet
3. 1500 Feet
4. 4000 Feet
'.↓ Click To See Answer
Answer 3. 1500 Feet - The record groove on each side of a record with a length of about 22 minutes per side is between 1500 and 1700 feet.

Quiz Question 2.) On average how many grooves are there on each side of an LP?
1. 1
2. 3
3. 5
4. 6
Click To See Answer
Answer 1. 1 - There's only one groove on each side of a record. Even though there are 6 or 7 tracks, they are all part of the same groove.

Quiz Question 3.) Is the sound better at the beginning of an LP than it is at the end?
1. At the beginning of the LP.
2. At the end of the LP.
3. It's the same throughout the LP.
'.↓ Click To See Answer
Answer 1. At the beginning of the LP. Just like when you recorded open reel tapes at 3-3/4 or 7-1/2 IPS, the speed of the record makes a big difference in how it sounds. Because the record always spins at 33-1/3RPM, you actually achieve more IPS at the beginning where the diameter is 11-1/4" than at the end where it's more like 6". Remember π Pi*D is the circumference and so you get more inches per second with an 11" diameter than with a 6" diameter.
Quiz Question 4.) On a stereo LP, where in the groove are the two channels located?
1. The Left channel is on the groove wall and the Right channel is in the bottom of the groove.
2. The Right channel is on the groove wall and the Left channel is in the bottom of the groove.
3. Both channels are in the bottom of the groove.
4. Both channels are on the groove walls.
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Answer 4. Both channels are on the groove walls. At the very beginning, they tried putting one on the wall and one on the bottom, but there was too much debris at the bottom of the groove and the stylus had a harder time going up and down. So now all LPs use a 45x45 degree system where each track is on a separate groove wall.

Quiz Question 5.) What was the reason that the RIAA Equalization was needed for LP records?
1. To restore highs that were lost in the record cutting.
2. To restore bass that was lost in the record cutting.
3. To reduce groove size for bass notes.
4. To reduce the number of wave undulations required for very high frequencies
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Answer 3. To Reduce groove size for bass notes. The width of the groove increases with high volume and large bass tones. To avoid interacting with adjacent tracks and having to cut tracks farther apart which reduces record length, the RIAA curve cuts the bass wave size so the record won't need as big groove waves. Then when you play back the record the RIAA Curve restores the bass.

Quiz Question 6.) What is the shiny black part at the outside of a record called?
______________
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Answer - It's called the Lead-in. The shiny black area at the center of a record is called the lead out.
Quiz Question 7.) What is the actual reason for the shiny black areas between tracks?
1. To separate one song from another with silence
2. To give a visual clue as to the beginning of tracks.
3. Both 1 and 2.
4. To allow the cutting head to cool between actual sound wave cutting.
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Answer 2. To give a visual clue as to the beginning of tracks. There's no reason for the space on the records other than to help us humans. You could have the 1.5 seconds of blank space between tracks without spacing the tracks so that you get the smooth shiny area. The shiny area occurs because while there is still a groove there, there's a lot of distance between each revolution.

Quiz Question 8.) Does either an LP or a CD have a constant linear speed?
1. The LP
2. The CD
3. Both have constant linear speed
4. Neither have a constant linear speed.
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Answer 2. The CD. CDs run at a constant linear speed controlled by the player. So no matter if they are playing at the center or at the edge, the speed remains the same. A side note: CDs play from the center of the CD to the outside. LPs have a constant turning speed of 33-1/3. But the actual linear speed at the stylus is determined by where you are on the record. Pi x D is how you calculate IPS at any given part of an LP.
Quiz Question 9.) What year was the LP introduced?
1. 1946
2. 1948
3. 1951
4. 1973
Click To See Answer
Answer 2 1948. It's amazing how long the LP has been with us. Now we go through mediums in just a few years. But since 1948 till the mid 80s, LPs were the way the world listened to music.
Quiz Question 10.) When storing records which is best?
1. Store them flat
2. Store them on their sides
3. Store them on their sides and rotate them occasionally
4. Store them on their sides and vacuum pack them.
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Answer 3. Store them on their sides and rotate them occasionally. Most people know that you need to store records on their sides. But few people also know that if you don't rotate them occasionally that gravity can cause them to change form because of the plasticity of vinyl.
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Try Cleaning & Removing The Static From
All Your LPs, 45s And 78s
Risk Free.
You Will Hear The Difference.
OK try this. Play a track from a favorite record that's really, really old. Really listen to the detail of the music and the number of clicks, pops and ticks. Then use DAK's new Carbon Fiber Anti-Static brush on the same record.

Note the amount of dirt, dust and debris that the brush lifts out of the record. Then play the record again. If you're like me, you'll hear a real difference in the number of ticks, pops and clicks and if you listen carefully, a more detailed musical experience too.

Considering how old style mechanical records really are with a stylus dragging along a groove, it's amazing what great fidelity they provide. Check out my microscopic pictures to really see your grooves. Then listen. What they say about vinyl is true. Good sound starts with a clean vinyl record.


Try the brush on your records for 30 days. If you don't think they sound substantially better than they've sounded in years or from any other cleaning method, send the brush back to DAK for a courteous merchandise refund. We don't refund P&H. We refund 100% of the product price to your credit card.

To order your DAK Anti Static Carbon Fiber Vinyl Record Care System with over 1,000,000 carbon fibers, 3 brush elements (2 carbon fiber and 1 velvet) to thoroughly clean your records all the way down to the bottom and sides of the groove while draining off the static electricity that causes vinyl to re-attract the dust before you even finish brushing, call toll free of click the Buy Button Below. DAK's Anti Static Carbon Fiber Brush is just $24.95 $18.95 ($6.95 P&H) NY Res Add tax.

Clean records make a difference you can hear. Now it's easy to clean them and keep them clean. Just a couple of turns of the record using DAK's new Anti Static Carbon Fiber deep cleaning brush make all the difference. Listen for yourself.
You'll be glad you did.

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Free Added Bonus. We took over 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes. I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
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The Scanning Electron Microscope
Shows It all.

Not only can you get 1 bristle into the microscopic grooves of your LPs, you can get lots of the over 1,000,000 tiny carbon fibers deep into your grooves to clean them like never before, for a difference you really can see and hear.



Grooves Aren't Pretty
But When They Are Clean
You get great sound.
At 400x you can really see the dirt. You can also see the actual LP Groove. It's a miracle how well LPs reproduce our sound when they are clean.






Grooves Aren't Straight
You Can See The Waves
This is a 400x stylus eye view of a clean groove. You can really see the stylus's path along the groove. Remember it travels this path for about 1500' per side producing flawless stereo music.

It's amazing that LP records have been around since 1948 and groove recordings since 1895.

Buy DAK's
Anti Static Carbon Fiber
Vinyl Record Care System
A Difference You Can Hear.
Free Added Bonus. We took more than 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes.

I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
Special Introductory Discount
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Here's A Dirty LP
Under
The Scanning Electron Microscope.
The scanning electron microscope is amazing. Here you can see the dirt in the record groove. Because it doesn't use light, everything looks gray, but you can sure see it clear and sharp. And with the other shots, if you ever thought record grooves were laid out in neat rows, now you know they're not.











And Now It's Clean
It Sounds So Much Better.

Here's a clean record using the scanning electronic microscope. You can actually see the grain of the vinyl as you look at the groove walls. Vinyl is a great material for records because it's so smooth. But even the vinyl isn't totally smooth under the electron microscope.




Shooting The Groove At 1000x
I wanted to show you the groove just like the stylus sees it from the side. More records were killed and injured to get these shots, but this really is a stylus eye's view as like a surfer, it shoots through the groove.





Shooting The Groove At 1500x
OK this was really tough. You are looking at a 1500x shot of the groove from the side. What you see is a wave starting just to the left and if you look carefully to the right you'll see 2. Your stylus has been seeing this for more than 50 years. Now you can see what you've been hearing.





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It's Time To Go Down The Rabbit Hole Into
Our Excellent Microscopic Adventure.

Remember, you get all the pictures below, plus
the additional pictures (more than double) that didn't fit on the page, plus most of the pictures are 1000 pixels wide. The Scanning electronic Microscope pictures are 640 pixels wide.

You get them all with DAK's Brush. It's not that I don't want you to have all the full-size pictures unless you buy, but they are much too big to all fit on a web page. So, I've had to cut these down a bit, but they look really great, the big ones are just better.

 
 
By Sol Harari
LP Records are really interesting when you explore them under the microscope. Let's take a journey down the rabbit hole to see just what they look like. We'll explore sizes from the naked eye through 800-1000 times magnification. You'll see both clean and dirty sections.

Drew's Disclaimers And Notes.
1. These are actual pictures of my records. When you see dirt, that's really the dirt, dust and micro-dust that really was there. I did not add any dust or dirt at all to these records to make a point. This is really the way my records were. For the dirty record shots I did use a record that I had left out. But unfortunately, that's not unusual for me. But it didn't look bad when I looked at it with the naked eye.

2.
These can't really be called true before and after shots for the clean and dirty shots because we had to break the records into tiny pieces to get them under the microscopes. So, even when a shot is from the same record, it's not the exact same groove because there was no way to brush the records after we'd broken a tiny fragment off to put under the microscope. So, while this is what you can expect, it's not technically an A/B test because there was no way to really do it.

3.
We shot most of the pictures at about 50x 400x and 800x. But you can't say that those magnifications are exact because although they were, when you take microscopic digital pictures and then resize them for the web or my eBook they don't technically stay the same size. For example is your monitor set at 72 or 96dpi and is it set at 1024, 1280 or something else. So you get a really great idea, and in this case size really doesn't matter, what you can see that does matter.

4.
Unfortunately records were both hurt and injured during making of these microscopic pictures. But I'd already copied them to my computer using what else, DAK's incomparable LP To CD & MP3 System.
See DAK's LP to CD System here.

OK, Let's Explore.

Here's one of my dirty records. As you can see it's not terrible, but I wanted you to see what I was using for the shots. Good thing I copied it to CD and MP3 because it's now in tiny little pieces. OK, let's head down the rabbit hole and see what our grooves really look like.

Here's the dirty record at 50X. As you can see there's much more dust and dirt on it than you could see with your naked eye. And even at 50x, you really can't see much of what's going in the grooves where it really does matter.

Here's the clean record at 50x. The color looks a little different than the dirty record, but that's just the way we lit it. Anyway, as you can see keep your records covered, sleeved and clean them frequently so you will have clean records to listen to.

OK now we're moving up to 400x magnification. This is the way that dirt looks at 400x. Because the record is black and therefore dark the dust does stand out more. But this is really the way it looks. As you can see it's on top of, on the sides of and at the very bottom of the grooves. It's amazing how much dust, dirt and grime is hidden from our naked eyes. And remember, this is one of my records. This is the way it looks. And I'll bet yours does too. I was embarrassed at 1st when I saw how bad these records were, but I really do take pretty good care of my vinyl and I'll bet yours looks like this too.

Again at 400x you can se all the way into the bottom of the groove. When it's clean, it's great. Now check this out. Do you see just above center, about the 3rd groove down you can see the undulation waves? That's your music. It's normally really hard to see because by the time you magnify the album enough to see the waves you're looking at such a small section, it's likely one wave. This must be a very high frequency section because you can really see the waves. I can't play this because as I told you at the beginning, you're looking at a small piece that's broken off the record. This will never play again.

Here's another dirty section at 400x. This time we are looking vertically into the grooves. There's so much dirt it's a tribute to LPs in general that this could play at all. And let me assure you I did play this record before it went under the microscope.

Oh, and do you see how uneven the grooves are? There's nothing wrong with this picture. That's the way grooves are cut. All records look like this once you can see them fully magnified at 400x.

Here's the clean 400x vertical shot. This really does give you the ability to see just what the record grooves really look like. You know back in 1895 when the 1st groove recordings came into being, I don't think they could ever really look at their work. Now you can see just what the groove looks like, up close and personal.

OK, the more you magnify, the more light you need. At 800x, looking at basically a single groove you can see just how un-straight your grooves really are. This is as bright as we could get it. But it's pretty clear how dirty this groove is and just how the needle will track through it to create your sound.

Here's the clean 800x groove shot. The white part is glare from the light, not dirt. You really can see the groove shape. It sort of reminds me of going down a water slide in Maui. The needle sure does thread an interesting path. But as you can see, a clean groove really helps. And now you really can see up close and personal what the grooves on your LPs really do look like.

Now Let's Look Really Deep Using The
Scanning Electron Microscope.

Because records are so dark, they absorb light. So we switched to Scanning Electron Microscope. I was going to buy one to do this but when I found out they cost about $250,000, I decided we'd use the Lab's. Anyway here you can see a dirty record. The electron microscope uses electrons rather than a light, so that's why all electron microscope pictures look silver or gray. So, it's same records, just different technique.

Here's the clean LP under the electron microscope. It gives you a different perspective than the metallurgical optical microscopes. It just costs much more.

Oh, just so you know. a meteorological optical microscope (and there is more, but this is the main difference) looks down on the subject and the light is shown from above or at an angle from above. A biological microscope, the kind we are used to from school, looks through the subject (slide) and the light shines up from the bottom. So for looking at the record, everything is from the top. That's why we use a meteorological microscope. Now you know.

I wanted to show you the groove just like the stylus sees it from the side at 1000x. More records were killed and injured to get these shots, but this really is a stylus eye's view as like a surfer, it shoots through the groove.

OK this was really tough. You are looking at a 1500x shot of the groove from the side. What you see is a wave starting just to the left and if you look carefully to the right you'll see 2. Your stylus has been seeing this for more than 50 years. Now you can see what you've been hearing.

Here's another shot of the groove at 1500x. This time we're shooting from the top. What you are seeing here is higher frequency waves. Do you see them on the groove walls? This is why I like to shoot multiple pictures. I get lots more chances to show you the best parts. And this one is an awesome groove picture.

Now you can see just one groove. This is where the sound is cut into the vinyl and where the stylus picks up the waves. Remember it gets the sound from the sides of the groove and you can see up close thanks to the electron microscope just what your stylus sees.

OK so now we are back to cleaning your grooves. Above you can see one of the reasons why carbon fiber is so much better than traditional brushes. It's so much smaller. On the left is a human hair. On the right is the carbon fiber. Of course size is just one reason to use carbon fiber. But you can clearly see how much smaller carbon fiber really is.

Here under the electron microscope again, you can see just how the small carbon fibers can reach all the way to the bottom of the groove. Here you see 3 in the groove. But remember there are over 1,000,000. And as you can see to the left, they really do attract the dust right off the record. Then you just clean the brush against the handy mount and do another record. But the main thing is that they are small enough to get into the groove and there are a million of them to remove the dust, dirt and micro-dust. Plus of course since they drain the static electricity, the dust isn't immediately attracted right back.

You Can Prove It To Yourself - Easy

OK you're probably not going to go out and buy a $250,000 scanning electron microscope. But you can buy a USB Microscope for about $60 that will give you up to 150x magnification to see your grooves and much, much more.

Actually I've had so much fun with one of the little USB Microscopes I brought I wanted you to know. And you'll use it for much more than records. Think of all the things you can look at and save to your computer. In fact. I like this so much, I'm thinking of adding a USB Microscope to DAK's line of product. Stay tuned.

Anyway what you see above is me taking a 150x picture of a 78 record that I didn't use in the main review. I'm showing you this mainly because I wanted you to see that you can do tests like this yourself. And because nowhere else in my review did I do anything with 78s. And of course my new DAK Carbon Fiber anti static brush works equally well on 78s and 45s, just like it does on LPs.

OK, let's look at my results below.

Here is 150x picture of the grooves of my 78 of Tennessee Ernie Ford's singing "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry". You're looking at the surface at about 150x. As you can see I've kept it in pretty clean shape for a record from the 30s or 40s. Wow that's over 70+ years old and that makes it even older than I am.
Anyway, let's see what it looks like after I clean it.

Wow, here's the same 78 Tennessee Ernie Ford 78 after I ran my new DAK Carbon Fiber brush over it. It's an amazing improvement in sound. And if you get your own microscope, you can see the improvement as well as hear it. And this is the same area of the record so this and the picture above are as close to an A/B test as I can get. Oh, just so you know, I didn't break apart this record like I had to with the LPs because this is only 150x. Using my new Carbon Fiber brush does produce a difference that you really can both see and hear.

Why not do a test like this on your own records?


And since this is after all, a review, here's the DAK Anti Static Carbon Fiber Vinyl Record Care System. It really does do the ultimate cleaning job. And not only does it clean, but it drains the static electricity, making you part of the circuit for the greatest, cleanest most detailed sound. Enjoy.
 
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Added copyright notice. All pictures contained on this web page and in the eBook are copyrighted by DAK and may not be reproduced or used in any way with out specific written permission.  
 




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Anti Static Carbon Fiber
Vinyl Record Care System
A Difference You Can Hear.
Free Added Bonus. We took more than 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes.

I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
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Buy DAK's
Anti Static Carbon Fiber
Vinyl Record Care System
A Difference You Can Hear.
Free Added Bonus. We took more than 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes.

I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
Special Introductory Discount
Save $6 Today
Just $24.95 $18.95
Order No. 3306
- ($6.95 P&H)
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Buy DAK's
Anti Static Carbon Fiber
Vinyl Record Care System
A Difference You Can Hear.
Free Added Bonus. We took more than 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes.

I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
Special Introductory Discount
Save $6 Today
Just $24.95 $18.95
Order No. 3306
- ($6.95 P&H)
Save On P&H. Buy 1 or 5 and pay only $6.95.
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Buy DAK's
Anti Static Carbon Fiber
Vinyl Record Care System
A Difference You Can Hear.
Free Added Bonus. We took more than 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes.

I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
Special Introductory Discount
Save $6 Today
Just $24.95 $18.95
Order No. 3306
- ($6.95 P&H)
Save On P&H. Buy 1 or 5 and pay only $6.95.
Grab several for family and friends and save. $6.95 is the minimum UPS charge, but we can get 5 in the box.
Your discount will show in the cart.
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Qty.

















































































Buy DAK's
Anti Static Carbon Fiber
Vinyl Record Care System
A Difference You Can Hear.
Free Added Bonus. We took more than 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes.

I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
Special Introductory Discount
Save $6 Today
Just $24.95 $18.95
Order No. 3306
- ($6.95 P&H)
Save On P&H. Buy 1 or 5 and pay only $6.95.
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Your discount will show in the cart.
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Qty.









































































































Buy DAK's
Anti Static Carbon Fiber
Vinyl Record Care System
A Difference You Can Hear.
Free Added Bonus. We took more than 20 microscopic shots of my record grooves with the electron microscope & 2 metallurgical microscopes.

I've reproduced some of the pictures below, but many of the originals are too big for the Internet. So, I've put them together in a little eBook along with the LP record fun facts and you get it all free as an instant download with the Brush.
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