I use battery top up water, isopropyl, and ilfotol mixture.
I found that leaving the records to drain dry was quite a slow process, and also it left some bits on the records occasionally, which is why I brought a drill in to the equation,
After spinning the records in the antistat bath, I place one of the spindles in to my drill, tighten very carefully, then spin all the liquid and gunk off.
Works much better than letting them dry.
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I give them a spin as fast as I dare in my hands to get the worst off. It's the only way I get my kicks these days.
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Hello Folks ! May I say this is my first post so be gentle !!
I recently ,like so many others , opened up my vinyl collection again after not having played any for a few yrs.
The old Triumph Stack system was still in the living room (mainly using the CD player and the radio) but the stylus on the Rotel TT was about knacked .
So bought a new AT 35m cart and a set of dig scales and started spinnin again.
Its been dissappointing to see how much dust and in some cases what looks like mould has got onto a few LP,s, so having read this thread I bought a Knosti !! Wooo
Thanks for all the tips on mixes , eager to get stuck in an try it .
Hi Gibbo, and welcome to the forum.
Good luck with your Knosti. What I'd say (from experience) is:
- don't dive in and clean your most valuable LPs first, get some practice on ones you care less about before you move on to the valuable ones. That's not to say that you're likely to damage records to start with, but it's worth playing safe and being patient, just in case you make mistakes!
- for really dirty ones, especially when there's a hint of mould, make a solution with tapwater (filtered if possible) and the alcohol/vinegar (whichever version you're using), and throw it away after every couple of discs. This means you're not spending money on solution that gets thrown away really quickly. Then when they've all had a clean, put them through again with some proper solution. I made the mistake of cleaning some really dirty LPs and then continuing on with others; the others ended up really noisy because dirt had got onto them from the dirty LPs.
- turn the records gently in the Knosti - you're trying to coax the dirt off, not force it off. Again, I made the mistake of being a bit too brutal with some of mine, which now have rub marks around them from the brushes. Doesn't seem to have affected sound quality, but it's not ideal.
Happy cleaning. It's a lot of effort with this manual machine, but the results are worth the effort.
Thanks for the tips . I am having a hernia op next week ,so might be laid up for a day or so .
Had an idea , has anyone tried soaking the records in a flat bath for a period of time , with warmed solution ?
Then giving them a gentle brush with a record brush , maybe on a plinth too that you can turn in the solution ,before rinsing then putting them through the Knosti?
Going to get some LP's that were my wifes and look really bad , loads of greasy finger marks ,and I dare say shot really , but I shall experiment on them ,ha ! Dollar and The Carpenters spring to mind .
I can always use them for frizbees