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10-28-2013 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Stitch


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Post #: 41
Post ID: 20207
Reply to: 20206
Alcohol
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Well, it depends on the concentration of alcohol of course, also some records are softer than others (mainly reissues)....I used some time LADS from Germany, it is without alcohol, at the moment I have AIVS enzyme cleaning but overall my favorite is a German fluid, Hannl VI 3C. It is made professionally, 1 Fluid and it does work very well.


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Stitch
10-28-2013 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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Post #: 42
Post ID: 20208
Reply to: 20202
How not to clean records
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I think I have different priories in records cleaning. I do appreciate better design idea and better quality of records cleaning but I do not really like records cleaning as a process. It is not that I do not find it beneficial for sound – of cause I do – but cleaning ceremony not way make me to enjoy to do it. You play nice music and pull another record. You see that it is dirty, so you load it in your cleaning machine. No matter what you do and what mashie it is it would be long, noisy, very unpleasant and you will have nothing to do while the record is cleaning. So, in my compromised world I would like the cleaning to be super fast, do both sided at once and take as less my time as possible. I would like do not hear that horrible sound of vacuum mashie but I guess it is what it is.


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
10-28-2013 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
mem916
San Diego, CA
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Post #: 43
Post ID: 20209
Reply to: 20208
Record cleaning compromises
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I've been living with the Audio Desk for almost 2 years now.  Nothing has broken (yet) on it.  I did replace the squeegees which seems to have mostly fixed the occasional issue I was having with water droplets left on the record after the dry cycle.

I don't clean records every time I play them but it is still a pain to pull out something that I have never cleaned and bagged that I want to listen to.  But since I was able to put the RCM in another room and it can do it's thing without me it's not too bad to listen to something else while I'm cleaning the new one.  I do wish there was an instant, quiet, perfect record player though.  Please get busy and invent one Romy!  Wink
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Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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Post #: 44
Post ID: 20210
Reply to: 20209
Silent record cleaner and some further attitude.
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Yes, the silent record cleaner is a wet dream any person who spin records. I was thinking about it in past and was considering to put the vacuum mashie from my Nitty Gritty Mini-Pro to basemen and then run a pipe to the machine itself. It is not difficult to do and for sure it would make it the cleaning way quitter. Will it make the cleaning silent? I am not sure. Also, I do not think that it is practically necessary as cleaning in my view requires watching the record been cleaned not to mention that cleaning is restively short and there is no truly relaxing listening experience while another record is cleaning.

I think to have the record clearing experience completely decoupled from listening (and this what I would be very enthusiastic about) would be some kind of cleaning system where you will be able to load a batch of records, push the button and  let it run in completely automated mode, similar dishwasher for instance. It for sure would be way larger and way more expensive mashie and I doubt that someone would invest efforts to invent it not to mention to bring to market.

Do not forget that all of those record cleaner companies are small boutique sweatshop and this is why we see all of these record cleaners for $2K-$5K, wish is ridicules. The contemporary dishwashers or washers/drivers are order of magnitude more complex, functional and expensive but they cost $1.5K. I can only assure you that if we have large market for record cleaner machines and LG, Samsung, Miele Electrolux, Toshiba or Siemens would make them, under an umbrella or reasonable competition, then we would see way more technological savvy and better quality record cleaners machines with max price tag of $300. There is just no market for those things, so we only have basement made devises that are being sold to us with ostentatious attitude as it was some kind of mankind best accomplishment.

BTW, the Stitch’s comment above about the record cleaners with reusable fluid and consecutive filtration is an interesting subject. I never heard about it and I am not sure that it is such a horrible idea.  Of cause it does not sound right on specks but I do not see any reasons why it might not be acceptable.

Rgs, the caT


"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
10-28-2013 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Post #: 45
Post ID: 20215
Reply to: 20210
Noise and Thrift
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Did I already mention up the thread that I've used a Nitty Gritty 2.5 machine since 1988?  Although I've had it open a couple of times for adjustments, yet I don't remember for sure but I think it has only one motor that performs two functions, the vacuum and the disc spinner.  The vacuum noise is a lot louder than the spinner, and it would be great to lower the noise level of the vacuum, by any means available. Perhaps NG might have used quieter components and/or designed it differently.  However, I see no practical way to remote the motor for the disc-spinner function.

As for conserving/re-using cleaning fluid: If, as public officials now insist, sewer waste water can be scrubbed and rendered fit for drinking, then it seems likely that disc washer fluid might be scrubbed enough for re-use, as well. But who knows how practical this might be, or what any cost/benefit numbers might look like.


Paul S
05-28-2014 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Stitch


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Post #: 46
Post ID: 20904
Reply to: 20215
...... bssssssssssss ...... ultrasonic
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Something new, probably a reliable unit (the Glaess Audio showed sometimes problems with their plastic parts, rollers, filters.....)

Klaudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaning Machine

Very comfortable, no plastic and important: You only need distilled water (cheap).


Klaudio.jpg



The unit at the right is $4k, the left one is in a dampening box which is really very low from noise. No idea about the price but interesting for those who have to place the unit in their listening room and don't want to be disturbed from noise.

Left side is the power switch, then the knob on the left is for the time you want to work with ultrasonic cleaning (off, 1min, 2min, 3min,4min, 5min), right side is the knob for drying time (off, 1min, 2min, 3min, 4min, 5min).
Put the record on top, there is a contact sensor and all will start/end automatically. Easy goin'....
In the middle is an adaptor for 7" singles.


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Stitch
06-01-2014 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Post #: 47
Post ID: 20928
Reply to: 20904
Seen In Action
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I saw the Klaudio at THE Show. It appears to be very well made, and it is quiet. The rep said it uses only water, and the ultrasound, of course. It looked like the air jets take quite a while to dry the disc, and I can't help but wonder if the vacuum cleaner might be a nice addition to this. I also saw a very cool indexer that sat atop a unit and fed it discs, each in turn, keeping track of everything. Just a prototype, but they are working on it.

Paul S
06-04-2014 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Stitch


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Post #: 48
Post ID: 20940
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KEITH MONKS "BreakTheMold"
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I heard from a cleaning fluid which was created from Keith Monks long time ago. It is available via Keith Monks Dealers. Did not try it, it is too expensive for me but who knows, maybe there are some fanatic washers here who are ready for the experiment. I only heard from a guy who is an experienced vinyl washer that this fluid is good. It was hard for me to find a price, found it in England, 500ml for GBP 75.00. I guess shipping is extra :-)

KEITH MONKS discOveryTM BreakTheMold™


DeepClean Antifungal Pre-Wash Concentrate
Natural Precision Record Cleaning Fluid for vinyl and shellac records

- Concentrated antifungal pre-wash solution for especially soiled records
- Extra-strength antifungal and antibacterial action removes excessive mold (“mould”) and mildew from both vinyl and shellac records
- DeepClean action removes hardened deposits, residue from other cleaning fluids and hard water
- Also effective on other especially stubborn marks and stains
- 100% natural plant-based active ingredients blended with pure finest grade triple filtered distilled water
- Natural dye for easy identification (from super concentrate, leaves no residue)
- Tested and approved on both shellac and vinyl discs
- Delivers best-ever sound quality enhancement and noise reduction from a Keith Monks RCM.
- Pre-wash only: use before regular cleaning with Keith Monks discOvery33/45TM or discOvery78TM
- 500ml (around 100 LP sides*)





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Stitch
06-04-2014 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
steverino
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Post #: 49
Post ID: 20945
Reply to: 20215
Ear plugs!
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 Paul S wrote:
it would be great to lower the noise level of the vacuum, by any means available. Perhaps NG might have used quieter components and/or designed it differently.  However, I see no practical way to remote the motor for the disc-spinner function.



Paul S


Folks,

 I hate to be a scold but please use ear plugs or something similar when vacuum cleaning records or even cleaning the carpet. You only have one pair of ears.
01-26-2018 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


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Post #: 50
Post ID: 24650
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This is the best I have seen



"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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rl1856
SE USA
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Post #: 51
Post ID: 24689
Reply to: 24650
Ultrasonic Cleaning
 Interesting thread.  I went down this rabbit hole a long time ago, and I think I have emerged, or at least can see light at the end.  I started with a Nitty Gritty, generic alcohol water mix and fine nap brush.  I noticed a positive difference, but felt there was room for improvement.  I added a  Spin Clean before the NG, and noticed a further improvement, but still not quite what I was looking for.   Records were cleaner overall, and on many the noise floor was lower the and the noise floor of my system.  I could hear fade outs or gain roll off down to nothing.   But I could still hear a low level whoooshh- shhhhhh sound on many LPs as the background noise floor.   I read a lot of reviews and posts for ultrasonic cleaning, and the more I found out, the more I realized that US could be a significant improvement.

I recently put together a DIY US cleaner using a Chinese 9L US tank and a Vinyl Stack to spin the LPs in the tank  After much research, I settled on Rushton's diy cleaning mix using Tergitol, Hepstat 256, 91%+ isopropyl, distilled water.  After experimentation with times, method etc I now use the following procedure:

Clean with Spin Clean to remove all surface dirt, and most embedded dirt
Rinse
US Clean for 15 min at .3 RPM (1 rev per 3 min) in 35 degree C water, using the mix described above
Rinse
Nitty Gritty Vac Dry

My results are outstanding.   I can hear an audible difference from the addition of the US step.  Cleaner, clearer and more distinct transients.  Much better HF extension, more air and ambiance around musicians.  And almost complete removal of the whooosssh- shhhhhh background noise.  I know it is a cliche to say that "a veil was lifted" but the additional clarity I hear is just that.

What prompted my addition to this thread, was several comments made at the beginning of the thread, specifically regarding embedded dirt that remained impervious to several methods of deep cleaning.  My theory is that dirt becomes embedded, and maybe chemically bonded to the walls at the bottom of the groove and into the very small undulations representing leading edges of transients and HF content.  The use of specific cleaners and the US cycle breaks down and removes this last layer of debris.

My evidence is the surprising amount of effluent in the bottom of the US tank after cleaning  a dozen LPs.   Remember, all records are cleaned via Spin Clean and rinsed before immersion in the US tank.  The effluent represents debris NOT removed by the Spin Clean alone.

It is not all lollipops and unicorns.   Greater clarity also makes some types of groove damage more audible.  And on some LPs I experience an increase of pops and tics as I get closer to the inner groove.  I think the later issue can be addressed by more careful drying.

Anyway just my experience; yours may vary.
02-13-2018 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
N-set
Gdansk, Poland
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Post #: 52
Post ID: 24693
Reply to: 24689
No such luck
I must be somehow unlucky here. I recently added a US cleaner from Audiorevita +DIOY 1micron filtering. I use Rushton's recipe with 5% IPA +0.13% Photoflo + Deionezed water, 15mins, 35C, 1.5" spacing, 60% power@40kHz, 3rpm (yes, the motor is quite fast). Then pure water rinse + vacuum+ 3% Etanol final  rinse + vaccum + destating using an ion blower. I tried it on several vinyls previously cleaned on my Okki Nokki vac in a 4 step process (2 brushings with IPA + 2 rinse).

...no effect to talk about so far. The background as noisy as it was, all pops& clicks plaguing me there, sometimes even seems more. I hav a feeling that sometimes I lost a bit of directness of the sound. Perhaps the vinyls I selected are permanently worn out (all are 2nd hand bought God only knows where) and US cleaning in some cases actually reveals more of the damage? Have to experiment more.

Cheers,
Jarek



Cheers,
Jarek
02-14-2018 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Paul S
San Diego, California, USA
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Post #: 53
Post ID: 24694
Reply to: 24693
Some Grease?
Short of an Audio Desk Ultra-Sound unit, like Mark's, I've been thinking about trying some stuff I found called "Crud Buster", because it seems to clean other stuff without messing things up. The label says it contains: Ethoxylated Alcohol, Sodium Metasilicate Pentahydrate, Glutamic acid, N-di-acetic acid, tetra-sodium salt, and Sodium Hydroxide.  Maybe the Glutamic acid is some sort of "grease", and I'm hoping this will "lubricate" the record surface just enough, as I believe extreme drying effects exacerbate the "scratchy" sound.  Of course, as we've beaten to death already, too much grease = too little "traction" for the stylus.



Paul S
02-18-2018 Post does not mapped to Knowledge Tree
Romy the Cat


Boston, MA
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Post ID: 24698
Reply to: 20207
A nice video



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