Wow, the glue job application show here is utterly terrible. Glue is easily the best IMO. Cheaper than stated if you buy it on sale.
Also, as mentioned the application is VERY easy. Apply glue on a spinning record, use your finger to smooth the glue out evenly. Make sure the inner and outer edges of the glue are built up not smeared thin and you are good to go. The only downside is the wait. Before the treatment, it was pop and crackle city. This is after I hand cleaned it with solution. After the glue it sounds like a whole new record.
Seriously, even my wife was shocked. It loses a point for the time it takes to dry. No one mentioned the widely used Stereophile recipe that is alcohol, water, and about 2 drops of Kodak Photo-flo. Ilford Ilfotol is anther wetting agent with different chemical composition but similar effect to Photo-flo.
Pick your poison, literally. I cannot believe that no one has mentioned a good record cleaning machine. I have a Nitty Gritty for sale keeping the second one and if you have a collection worth anything, you should buy it.
Why would you invest all kinds of cash on a vinyl collection but skimp on a cleaning system or a audio system for that matter? Wood glue works wonders and is much easier and cheaper to apply than described. The way to apply it is to pour slowly while the Album) is spinning on a turntable and smooth it out with your finger.
This works best on a direct drive turntable. The trick is to apply just the right amount — too thick and it takes forever to dry; too thin and it will crack as you peel it off. Very interesting. I did dabble with numerous solutions both commercial and homemade. I have a homemade mix that 1 part Isopropyl Alcohol to 8 parts de-ionised water. I use this with a cotton cloth to do a single clean to aid with grading.
In the main i use an ultrasonic cleaning machine that takes 5 records at a time. In this machine i use ML of Isopropyl Alcohol to 5 litres of de-ionised water. I also set the solution temperature at between 30 — 33 oC. Any form of cleaning requires heat, agitation, time and solution. I have found that 5 x 2 minute rotations is ample to produce excellent results.
This amount of solution will easily clean LPs or 7 inch vinyls. Happy collecting. Actually, it works out to about 10 cents per record. Best is that it betters every one of the numerous other commercial cleaner and home brew concoction I have tried over the years. To Album) it off, it is an absolute pleasure to use — no alcohol or caustic chemicals, and it smells great. Leave it to a lady French chemist Album) brew up something so all around great.
Highly recommended. My, My, Album), how far we have come! Remember when we were happy to be able to throw four or five records on a BSR, or Garrard changer with a flip over sapphire cartridge. When most of these collectable records were pressed, we were more than happy with a 35 watt Harman Kardon!
No, I to have grasp the clean record bit. Having invested in an ultrasonic cleaner. Somebody struck upon my concern, the click! Not from visible scratches or nicks, but I guess embedded.
Perhaps the glue would be best. But the one thing left out is the consumption of time. Washing records in the sink with a smidge of detergent and a splash of IPA is unbeatable for both time and money considerations. Does it get them as clean as a fancy record cleaning machine with all the whizz bang chemicals? Some people commenting on here have only washed a dozen records in their lives.
I have regularly washed records a week for the last 10 years. Do the maths. It penetrates the groove without mechanical intervention and dissolves into solution all contaminants. Solution dries and the resulting film peeled off. Wood glue is, well glue, not a cleaner and also creates static when it comes off triboelectric effect. I purchased the kirmuss record restoration system.
It is by far the best cleaning set up out there. I cleaned a copy of the sound track to M Squad an old Lee Marvin tv show. It takes time, but when it was done it sounds perfect, looks like crap but there is not a pop, scratch or unrecorded noise on it. My experience has taught me that vinyl in the type of condition, even after cleaning, will usually expose damage that would deem it unlistenable.
Maybe I missed the point that if the methods demonstrated here will clean these, it would clean slightly soiled vinyl to like new condition. ALL newly acquired records must be cleaned. I wish to prolong the life of my Ortofon MM2 Black as long as possible too. Appreciate your reply. ArizonaBob, It seems impossible to reply you directly. Also freshly new records are very static. Second good reason is when you want to enjoy your stylus as long as possible, cleaning records is a must.
The stylus wears out so much quicker with dirty records. Therefore cleaning records is a must. Jeez people.
First, the records that are shown must be really rare or why are you going to all this trouble?? Second, I would never personally buy any record in this condition!
Thirdly, if these are in your collection, how in world did they get this way?? Like the 74 year old commented, I bought a Discwasher in my teens also and still use it to this day I have several. If it still is not up to expectations, out it goes and a replacement is hunted down.
Sorry, but I personally cannot understand why you would spend more time and money attempting to clean a record than to just acquire a nice one to listen to? Would one of you please clue me in? As most people I tried a lot of cleaning solutions.
Wetting agent reduces the surface tension of water. You can Use the cleaning solution in record vacuum cleaners and also with the Knosti Disco antistat. Finally I have one last and very good tip for all the Knosti antistat users like me: The modified Antistat Clamp from highqual. Maybe you will find the clamp a bit expensive clamp but it really pays of. No more damaged record labels. A RCM is the best if you are a serious collector.
Most of the other methods involve a cloth which must surely disperse the grime and without a vacuum it will surely dry with some debris still on the record. Hello everyone and happy new year … Well, I am still using a homemade method for more than 45 years: Liquid soap for babies and I get a surprising cleaning. It is also true that before placing a record on the turntable, I take the precaution of cleaning it with a silk brush for babies, so that my records never get to deteriorate as much as you see in the article.
Also, alternate a normal capsule for less good discs and another supereliptic for select discs. I have been using Revirginizer. You massage it into the record and let it cure then peel it off.
Great product developed by a chemist record collector here in Australia. Which will do about 30 12 inch sides. Great results. Removes deep in the grooves and is anti static. Greetings and happy new year to VC World from Minnesota.
I have been testing many methods over the years from spin clean to ultrasonic to own solutions. There seems to be a lot of comments saying how much work it would be to play before and after and being able to tell the difference is a lot of work….
For those that might doubt the sound differences and quality…. Even different types of water We Can Change It - The Waters - Waters (Vinyl difference before and after testing and different amounts per quart or pint jars of tergitol can make a difference. Thank marcuslattimer comcast. Tap water in Sydney is reasonably soft and quite good enough.
I have recently upgraded to using one of those flat paint applicators with the fine and soft bristles: Works a treat!! And cheaper then every other solution proposed! From my experience this RCM is the most practical. Date of Birth? Please enter the account owner's birth date here.
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