AudioQuest has redesigned its record brush! And remember, the brush is good for cleaning keyboards and other things too! AnalogPlanet: Throw Away Your Old AudioQuest Carbon Fiber Brush! Throw Away Your Old AudioQuest Carbon Fiber Brush! AudioQuest's carbon fiber brush, in production for thirty five years, has been the industry "standard" dry record brush. If you have the one pictured above, please throw it out or donate it to a really needy record collector. You should replace it with AudioQuest's new carbon fiber brush pictured below. Why? Company founder Bill Low eventually realized that the original brush, along with most others, doesn't provide a good electrical path between the fibers and the handle, which is the static electricity "ground" discharge point to your hand. We are the world. You are the ground. The original brush's handle has a print-protecting coating that inhibits the static-electricity's path to ground. So AQ went back to the proverbial drawing board and re-designed the brush, which required new tooling for every part. The new brush has what the company calls "ideal conductivity" from the carbon fibers, through the brush's internal parts to the conductive gold contacts placed close to your fingers, which is where they need to be. You can see the gold strip in the photo.