If you haven't tried it, give it a go, you've nothing to lose!
Apart from your sanity!!
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Silly question (maybe) , Bretty , but did you listen to the records before you cleaned them ? So that you had a "before and after" test. Nick
Good question, and one I was about to ask.
Myself, I clean the record with a carbon fibre brush, and only resort to fluid if the record really requires it, which is less often than you think.
Silly question (maybe) , Bretty , but did you listen to the records before you cleaned them ? So that you had a "before and after" test .
Good question, boys. Soz, I should have said. I had listened to the first disc of the opera that I cleaned and it was pretty crackly before. I've cleaned some more discs,this afternoon, again with just water and got similarly great results. These were used records from e-bay and were not terrible for noise, but had the odd crackle. Billy Joel - 'Piano Man' was the worst of the bunch, and after cleaning there's not a single noise on the whole disc (apart from the music).
As I say, give it a go. If you agree with me, think of all the money you're gonna save!
How you been? How bad was Bexhill hit with the snow? The rain's melted it all here, today, so I can get back to work on Monday. Just as well, I'm starting to go all Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining'.
Been very busy recently so I haven't had the time to look at the forum as much as usual, luckily Bexhill is all clear now but I still had to get my backside into Brighton, which was really bad.
Hastings still not gritting their roads I take it?
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I'm glad one of us is busy!!! I've got the work, but haven't been able to get out to do it. Still, the forecast looks clear for next week, so that's something.
What line of work you in, Mitch?
Is the Naim DAC getting any closer?
I don't think that works when you can see the dirt on the record though.
I manage a bunch of meter readers/installers for a big energy company (snow is the enemy!) so we are very busy at the moment. As far as the Naim DAC is concerned, I think it is fair to say it is about as far away as it has ever been. The DacMagic is doing a sterling job with my FLAC files so I am not too fussed at the moment.
Anything more on the Gyro front?
Which is why I put in the bit "..and only resort to fluid.."
Seriously, thought, if a record looks clean, plays well and leaves no crud on the stylus, then using a cleaner won't achieve much at all.
Oh mate, don't! with my ladder guy getting pneumonia and all the snow, i'll be lucky if anything happens with the gyro before crimbo.
Ladder guy? what on earth do you do!
Window Cleaning, for my sins. Best job in the world in summer, not in winter.
My brother used to do that up in North Norfolk but the winter was always the killer for him as well, decided being a taxi driver was a better option until he wrote his car off the first winter....oooops!
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I've just found this old thread. I hope it's OK to bump it. I've used a home-made mixture of distilled water with a spoonful of white vinegar and a few drops of dishwasher rinse aid. The results have been pretty good. I've been wondering about trying the isopropyl mixture, and might invest in some to see if it improves things
bretty wrote:I excluded the alcohol for two reasons:1: It's only purpose in the formula is to speed up the drying process, it doesn't help with the cleaning. There isn't much difference in drying time, anyway. About ten minutes with the alcohol. About 15 without.
I excluded the alcohol for two reasons:
1: It's only purpose in the formula is to speed up the drying process, it doesn't help with the cleaning. There isn't much difference in drying time, anyway. About ten minutes with the alcohol. About 15 without.
My understanding is that the alcohol acts as a solvent for grease. This is the job that the acid (vinegar) does in my mixture. At least, I think so - I'm going back to school chemistry there! While pure distilled water will be fine for dusty LPs, it might not be so good at cleaning ones with fingerprints or other grime on them.
What I've ended up doing when I have records which are particularly grimy - many second-hand ones - is first to put them through a solution of filtered tap water with a bit more vinegar and rinse aid in it, to get rid of as much dirt as possible - and change this water frequently. Then once this has been done, clean the machine and run the discs again through distilled water with just a small amount of vinegar and rinse aid in it. This is a cost-effective way of cleaning really dirty discs, albeit a bit more work, as the distilled water mixture will last a lot longer before getting full of bits. I also filter the mixture regularly using double-layered coffee filters. I'm not convinced this does a great deal, but it gets rid of the worst of the dirt.
In cases of really dirty discs, especially those with a 'wash' of pressing release agent on the surface (which I find an increasing amount of new vinyl suffers from) I even heat up the liquid first to hand-hot, and keep the disc moving. I've not warped one yet! and this can help shift really stubborn marks.
There's probably a case for doing a last run through with pure distilled water, to ensure any remaining cleaning agent is removed, but I admit I haven't bothered to do this.
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