Cleaning Records

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I only get mine cleaned if they're totally gunked, and then I go to a second hand record shop and pay a pound per record.

emil.y, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:29 (eight years ago) link

That's a good idea, I'd never have thought of doing that.

nate woolls, Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:45 (eight years ago) link

If any Londoners want to split the cost of a real record cleaning machine with me, I'm down.

I've done the research and everything.

It appears this is the one to get:

Same as the Nitty Gritty but cheaper, even with shipping costs.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 February 2012 13:23 (eight years ago) link

Has anybody tried this?

I'm pretty sure I will end up with one eventually, but my nitty gritty still kind of works. I can't ever afford to spend that kind of money again, even though it makes all the difference.

― warren harding (Zachary Taylor), donderdag 23 februari 2012 8:00 (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i hate them

― the majestic ned? (electricsound), donderdag 23 februari 2012 8:13 (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I love them. I found one of those in an antique shop 10 years ago, it carries date stickers from 1957 and it works fantastic. It's a bit of a hassle maybe, but it's hassle I like going through. Clamping, spinning your records one by one, then letting them dry "en groupe". I think the drying rack of mine holds 10 records - I went through most of my record collection (a little over 200 back then I think) in batches of 10, sometimes 20, per night. All dust is removed, the records shine and if a record still crackles or plops it's a hopeless specimen. A small percentage of the records has labels that are a little wider than the clamps will cover so the edges of the label will get wet - all were fine again when dried, but maybe some labels are more vulnerable (esp. when they're old?) so be careful.

willem, Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:54 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

recently bought a Audio-Technica AT6012 brush kit and holy cow, my records love it. This thing picks up 99.99% of surface dust on the first pass. recommended!

brimstead, Sunday, 14 August 2016 22:07 (three years ago) link

well known i'm sure, the unemployed OCD enthusiast's guide to vinyl cleaning.

brimstead, Sunday, 14 August 2016 22:15 (three years ago) link

The key to the Orbitrac’s superb effectiveness is its pads which change from pure white to sickly yellow as they absorb groove contaminants. The Orbitrac’s pads are replaceable. Other hand brushes are nothing more than highly effective grease applicators, spreading unwanted substances from one disc to the next.

brimstead, Monday, 15 August 2016 01:02 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

a bunch of my records need a good thorough cleaning due to my former punk rock lifestyle. wish i could rent out a vacuum machine. guess i'll start practicing cleaning by hand on the irredeemables with ye old h20+c3h80

brimstead, Thursday, 17 November 2016 19:24 (three years ago) link

Soap will do ime

niels, Friday, 18 November 2016 17:41 (three years ago) link

I use this now:

not sure why electricsound hates them, they work for me

sleeve, Friday, 18 November 2016 17:56 (three years ago) link

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