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Dust on monitor cones

Discussion in 'Recording' started by EricWatkins, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Hi, I've got a pair of Alesis M1 actives that are probably 5 or 6 years old. Over time, the exposed woofers have collected a decent amount of dust on them. Is there a way to clean them or do I even need to? I'm just afraid to touch them with anything and I didnt know if it really mattered that the dust is there. Maybe I'm just not turning them up enough :lol: .

  2. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Use a brush. like you see in the movies :D brush the dust off the cones. gentle and safe.
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    a feather duster?

    Small bursts of air can unlodge accumulated dust.

    If none of that works do try turning them up:)

    Maybe a Q-tip would be the correct extraction tool?
  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    A feather duster works well
  5. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    22HZ Sine @ 120dB??????

    Nah, I'm jokin'.

    A feather duster, or some other very delicate, soft-bristled brush used for detail work.
  6. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Canned air with a soft lint free cloth is what use.
  7. EricWatkins

    EricWatkins Active Member

    Thanks guys. I've been wondering this for years now and just thought to ask this morning.
  8. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I'd think a sawtooth would do a better job of shaking the dust off. :wink:
  9. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    It's a good thing most people can't see the diaphragms on their large diaphragm condenser microphones. They get pretty disgusting since they are basically electrostatically charged dirt collectors. Nothing like taking off the Grill screen of a 20-year-old U87. Yeachhhhh! Now if you're thinking of cleaning your capsule's, a very small camel hair paint brush, as used on plastic model cars, and distilled water, is all that should be used. Otherwise, you'll clean off the extremely thin gold from the mylar diaphragm rendering your microphone useless. Has anybody cleaned their television screen lately?

    Don't forget to brush your teeth
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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