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(1) I tried many cleaning ideas, but in the end got the best results playing my records wet, (2) using plain old tap water applied with my nice, expensive anti-static cleaning brush.(3) The only caveat is you can never go back to playing them dry as the dirt seemed to build up at the bottom of the grooves.(4) Most cleaning solutions seemed to make the surface noise worse or clog the stylus.
(1) You're kidding, right?(2) Moisture may wick up the stylus and damage parts in the cartridge.(3) And I don't know about you, but my tap water is horrid with contaminants that would be left behind when the H2O dries.
(1) cheap-Jack, there are so many thousands of pound per square inch at the point where the diamond contacts the groove wall that the water is displaced and cannot be between the stylus and the vinyl.(2) Water could be present on the cantilever and further up the shank of the stylus as well as on either side of the stylus in the groove. The water could very easily act to "dampen" spurious vibrations in the vinyl and the stylus assembly by providing an impedance matching medium through which unwanted vibrations could flow away into the body of the record. (3) There is also a possibility that the water present could flash to steam due to the forces involved.
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Hello all, I am self admittedly not very good at DIY projects, and find that the commercial vacuum cleaning machines are far, far beyond my budget. Having said that, I think a manual scrubbing, along with a good vacuuming would probably work very well. My question is this: Are there any commercially available vacuum attachments that are designed specifically for us on vinyl records? If so, are they well made, and do the job well? I apologize for the silly questions, but we all have to start somewhere. Thanks.-Dave
What is ultrasonic cleaning?Sorry, I don't know all of the jargon yet. EDIT: Never mind, I looked it up. Interesting concept for sure. I wounder how well that would work with extremely dirty records, or if the grime is deep in the grooves. Would there be any issues with the grime just sticking to the record as you pull it out of the water?I assume such a system would be expensive as well. I can't seem to find any pricing for ultrasonic cleaners, just some promotional type literature regarding the process and how it works.
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