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How to dust consoles?
Old 4 weeks ago
Gear Head

How to dust consoles?

Hi there,

I'm not sure where else to ask this question, so I apologize if this isn't the exact right spot on GS.

Consoles obviously collect a fair amount of dust. Is there a right approach to take for dust removal, so as not to damage anything?

Is that compressed air? A swiffer? Something else entirely?

Thank you so much,
Old 4 weeks ago
Lives for gear

A vacuum cleaner with a duster brush that has fairly long bristles (that's the smallish, roundish one that has what looks like a moustache growing out of it all around) is one way. Unless you are using a super-powerful shop vac or something, it shouldn't cause any damage, though you may very well reset lots of controls.

A dust cover when not in use is a good idea, too, so as to avoid getting unneeded dust on the console, provided you can be disciplined enough to use it regularly.
Old 4 weeks ago
Lives for gear

A paint brush is a handy tool for getting into those gaps.
Old 4 weeks ago
Gear Head

Hi DrewE and Explorer - those are super helpful ideas. Thank you so much!
Old 4 weeks ago
Gear Addict
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Definitely the vacuum. You want to remove the dust from the environment entirely, otherwise it will just end up back on the console. Only thing to worry about are loose knobs and caps that might get sucked up. The buss switch covers on SSLs are the worst.
Old 4 weeks ago
Lives for gear
...and don't let anybody smoke in the control room. Not because of dust, but because tar will eventually build up on interior components and prevent proper cooling.
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