Static when getting ready to place record

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Wichitamsu
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Static when getting ready to place record

Post by Wichitamsu » 02 Dec 2018 15:22

When preparing to play a record, as I am extending my arms, record in hand, to place on the turntable, I get popping and static through the speakers. It is brief, and does not continue once the record is on the mat.
My first thought is the ground, but I have check and reconnected the grounding wire to the preamp multiple times.
It IS a pretty cheap preamp, could this be it? Or something else? It is an old Dual CS515 and otherwise sounds fine.
BTW, it does not happen when I do not have a record in my hand.

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by JoeE SP9 » 02 Dec 2018 16:30

Do you have the same problem in the summertime? The dryer air in homes in the wintertime is prone to produce static electricity. Try grounding yourself to the case of your receiver. A simple touch will do.

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by bhuston » 02 Dec 2018 17:05

Remove your shoes. That's how I stop mine.

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by Wichitamsu » 02 Dec 2018 18:12

I have only started using the turntable a few months ago, but it has always happened - even in humid weather.
I have tried grounding myself (touching something else while walking to place the record) and it still happens.
I never wear shoes in the house, and it happens in socks and while barefoot. We have wood floors.

Any other ideas?

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by bhuston » 02 Dec 2018 18:15

Bleed the record. The static is building up on the vinyl when you slide it from the sleeve. Other than that, I don't have a suggestion.

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by Wichitamsu » 03 Dec 2018 00:57

bhuston wrote:
02 Dec 2018 18:15
Bleed the record.
I’m sorry, I don’t know what this means.

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by bhuston » 03 Dec 2018 01:03

I mean bleed off the static before getting to the tt. Same as discharging yourself.

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by Wichitamsu » 07 Dec 2018 13:17

Update: I installed a new cartridge yesterday, and there is a stylus cover on it. After playing, i went to put the stylus cover on and as I was doing it, the static happened - the most and loudest ever.

I left the stylus cover off... but.... could this mean there is some kind of short in the tone arm? ( my previous stylus did not have a cover so I don’t know if that would have happened before)

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Re: Static when getting ready to place record

Post by JoeE SP9 » 07 Dec 2018 14:46

If you weren't carrying an LP when this happened it's likely you yourself are picking up a static charge. Have you tried plugging the TT into a different outlet.

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