OK, maybe a little bait in the title there, but wasn’t exactly sure how to entitle without giving away the ending. Mod, move to OT Forum if this is misplaced…. But something happened a couple nights back that was a first for me – maybe others have experienced or will take something away from it. Some of the veterans are probably going to get it after about one paragraph, but there might be a few that read until the end. I am surprised this is the first time it happened to me as long as I have used turntables (since early 70’s). This was a first!! I took delivery of a Denon DP-59L turntable Tuesday from Japan (HiFiDo). As always is the case with HiFiDo, nice packaging, nice turntable. (Actually wonderful) It came with one of the HiFiDo replacement dustcovers - this is the first one I got from them that has the replacement cover, and overall I am actually impressed with it - they do a darned nice job with the replacements! I got it all set up, played a couple of records to dial it in, and then cued up some Coltrane, Favorite Things. Before I put this album on, I installed the dustcover before I started playing - it slips on the hinge posts on the back, a feature I like on the turntables that offer it. As the song starts, I lower the cover, and prepare to walk away to enjoy listening and check on a few things I was working on... Then, to my astonishment, the tonearm levitates magically off the record, and collides rather violently with the inside top of the dustcover! Wtf? Well, I have no choice but to lift the cover to tend to it - and of course the tonearm release and drops on the spinning LP.... bounce, bounce, bounce. Ouch. I was a little bewildered at this point. I then found an old, trashed record - turned out Boston's first LP did the trick (don't laugh, I actually liked them back in the day as many of us did… wait, OK, I still listen to them too ). Thinking that the replacement dustcover was probably banging into the back of the tonearm because it was incorrectly sized or something - I started the LP again and carefully and slowly lowered the cover.... Well, as it got closer and closer to fully lowered, it did not appear that the cover was hitting the back of the tonearm or anything.... huh? Then, just as I got it near fully closed - wham! The tonearm levitates again, and the tonearm / cartridge is again *stuck* to the inside top of the dustcover!!!! Holy smokes, what it going on....? Again, had to carefully lift the cover, this time trying carefully to hit the stop button or lifter button - but the tonearm released again.... bounce, bounce on the spinning record. Ouch again. Well, at least this time it was a party loved Boston and not my new Coltrane!! It then dawned on me. I opened the cover, and put my hand up inside the cover, and all the hair on my arm stood up! I then put my head inside for fun, and I looked like Dr. Brown from back to the future! (actually only a little as there is not really much left up there anymore, but you get it!) Well, you now see it - static electricity!!! HiFiDo uses styrofoam inside of the cover when they pack, and that coupled with the fact I live in AZ, and it is winter time - that charged up the inside of the cover enough that it actually lifted the tonearm clean off a playing record! I had a DL-110 installed on a 10g headshell with the s-arm, so I figure about 16-17g of hardware on a tonearm with 16 or so EM.... set at 1.8g TF. I would have never thought the static electricity could lift the tonearm clean off the record! It was not subtle either - it would whack the top and stick.... I would have to lift the top to detach it. Anyway, just a little amusing story... anyone ever experience anything like that?