Title:
Disc duster
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A duster (for vinyl records, compact discs, digital video discs, and laser discs) having a padded base (1) which is composed of two sheets of a velvet/linen material (2) enclosing a cushioning material (3). Additionally, the velvet/linen material is ribbed (4). The duster also has an elastic strap (5) that is affixed to opposite sides of the rectangular base. The strap is affixed to the base in a manner that makes each side of the base symmetrical in relation to the strap, allowing the base to be inverted while maintaining the space between the strap and the base (6) and the functionality of the strap.



Inventors:
Ragland, Cary (Fort Worth, TX, US)
Application Number:
10/942281
Publication Date:
03/16/2006
Filing Date:
09/16/2004
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
G9B/3.094, G9B/23.098
International Classes:
A47L13/18
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Primary Examiner:
CHIN, RANDALL E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Neal Massand (Dallas, TX, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A disc dusting device for vinyl records, compact discs, digital video discs, and laser discs comprising: a. a dusting means and b. a securing means for affixing said dusting means to the hand of an operator.

2. The disc dusting device of claim 1 wherein said securing means comprises an elastic strap attached to opposite ends of the dusting means.

3. The disc dusting device of claim 1 wherein said dusting means comprises two sheets of a velvet/linen material enclosing a cushioning means.

4. The disc dusting device of claim 3 wherein said sheets of velvet/linen material are unidirectionally ribbed.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

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FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH

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SEQUENCE LISTING PROGRAM

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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of Invention

This invention relates to dusters, and, specifically, dusters which are used on vinyl records, compact discs, digital video discs, and laser discs.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Owners of vinyl records, compact discs, digital video discs, and laser discs commonly dust the discs in order to increase their sound quality and longevity. Dusting apparatus such as cloths and brushes are common. Furthermore, dusters that attach to record player parts such as the stylus are also common.

While cloths and brushes function as dusters, they exhibit the common drawback of needing to be grasped with the fingers of person using them. This drawback prevents one using a dusting cloth or brush from otherwise using the fingers on the hand grasping the cloth or brush. Furthermore, in order to free his/her fingers, one who uses a dusting cloth or brush must set the cloth or brush aside. This increases the likelihood that the apparatus will be lost or difficult to find.

Dusters that attach to a record player's stylus and similar devices are limited to use on vinyl records. Furthermore, these devices require that a record be played while it is being dusted.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The objects and advantages of the present invention solve the deficiencies noted above by providing an apparatus that leaves the fingers of one who uses it free. Additionally, the apparatus need not be set aside while not in use, ensuring that it will be easy to find when needed. The device can be used on a multitude of discs, including vinyl records, compact discs, digital video discs, and laser discs. Furthermore, a disc need not be played in order to use the apparatus.

This is achieved by attaching a securing means to a dusting means such that the securing means will affix the dusting means to the hand of an operator.

The features and advantages provided above will become apparent from a consideration of the following description, which proceeds with reference to the accompanying drawings in which an example embodiment of the invention is described by way of illustration.

DRAWINGS

Figures

FIG. 1A shows the duster as viewed from the base.

FIG. 2A shows the duster as viewed from the side with the aspect of the cushioning material revealed.

REFERENCE NUMERALS

  • 1. Padded Base
  • 2. Velvet/Linen Material
  • 3. Cushioning Material
  • 4. Rib
  • 5. Elastic Strap
  • 6. Space Between Strap and Base

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Preferred Embodiment

According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the strap can be an elastic band and the dusting means can be a velvet/linen material. Furthermore, the dusting means can be characterized as a pad wherein two pieces of velvet/linen material enclose a cushioning material. Also, the strap can be positioned so that it is effective when either side of the dusting means is in use. The velvet/linen material may also be ribbed, increasing the area of the dusting surface and improving the ability to dust within the grooves of a disc.

The preferred embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 1A (bottom view) and 1B (side view), shows the duster having a padded base (1). In the preferred embodiment, the base (1) is composed of two sheets of a velvet/linen material (2) enclosing a cushioning material (3). Additionally, the velvet/linen material is ribbed (4). In the preferred embodiment, the duster also has an elastic strap (5) that is affixed to opposite sides of the rectangular base. The strap is affixed to the base in a manner that makes each side of the base symmetrical in relation to the strap, allowing the base to be inverted while maintaining the functionality of the strap.

Operation

In using the duster, an operator places his or her hand into the space between the strap and the base (6). The operator then uses the outer surface of the base (1) to dust vinyl records, compact discs, digital video discs, and laser discs. The operator can also dust vinyl records while they are rotating on turntables.

CONCLUSION

Accordingly, the reader will see that the duster of this invention can be used to dust while leaving the fingers of the operator free. Additionally, the duster need not be set aside when not in use, so it will be easy to find when needed.

Although the description above contains specificities, these should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention but as merely providing illustrations of the presently preferred embodiment of this invention. For example, the base can have other shapes, such as circular, oval or triangular. The scope of the invention should, therefore, be determined by the claims and their legal equivalents rather than by the examples given.