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Old 3rd February 2003, 02:19 PM   #1
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Someone knows a good formula for LP Cleaning????
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Old 3rd February 2003, 02:27 PM   #2
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Isopropylic alcohol, destiled water and a bit of mild detergent. I really do not like washing vinyl, as sound seems to be worse after, but if you want to do it this is it. Also check TNT audio for more info.
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Old 3rd February 2003, 02:33 PM   #3
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Hi, Marcelo

This question is as old as the LP's
I made some efforts in the past to clean them and some were successful. I can't afford a pro-cleaning machine so most of the time I play them wet. Some say no problem; some say one should never play them wet. For a (almost) complete list, visit this fine websites. You'll be there four ours

http://www.google.be/search?q=cleani...-8&hl=nl&meta=

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Old 3rd February 2003, 02:54 PM   #4
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What I've been using for aeons is

1 part isopropyl alcohol
3 parts purified / distilled water
a couple of drops of Photoflo wetting agent (as little as possible)

I don't like putting detergent on LPs, as it never seems to come off properly, something confirmed by an industrial chemist / audiophile I know, and also Art Dudley of Listener mag, who is himself an industrial chemist. My mix costs about 1/2 c to clean an LP if you buy the isopropyl alcohol from an industrial supplier in 10 litre drums (enough for many years)

DIY record cleaners are easy to make. An old DD TT, a vacuum cleaner, and make a nozzle tube that's the same width as the playing surface of an LP.
One example: http://www.teresaudio.com/haven/cleaner/cleaner.html

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Old 3rd February 2003, 03:03 PM   #5
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One example: http://www.teresaudio.com/haven/cleaner/cleaner.html

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Couldn't be more easy, I'll give that one a try!
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Old 3rd February 2003, 03:08 PM   #6
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Couldn't be more easy, I'll give that one a try!
Hugo
My RCM is very similar. Years ago RCMs were hard to come by in Australia, and very expensive, so we made some, and they work well. If you use an old DD TT as the base get one with a strong motor as my wet/dry shopvac can just stop any TT, except my SP10s.
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Old 4th February 2003, 06:28 PM   #9
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Personaly,I don't know the best way to clean LPs!I would say that Iprefer not to have to wash it.

The method I use is unorthodox but gave me best results.I have tried listen LP before and after washing.The sound was cleaner,more subtle,more defined with good condition LPs.Anyway,as the LP was used,it reaveled its bad state.

I take some pure cellulose paper towels,such as the one i have in the jacks.I use some pure ethanol,means 95 percent ethanol and 5 percent methanol.As it is extremely pure,as soon as it is in contact with cellulose it begins to disapear.So I clean the LP,and ethanol traces disapear very quickly.

I don't know if it is a bad thing for the vinyl itself,but as the cellulose is wet it doesn't leave build up into the groove.My very cruel lamp says it so.

for normal use I take the carbon fiber to remove build up.And I never clean an Lp twice,as I take special care of them.Unfortunately second hand LPs are very dirty,very often...

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Nar,

Be careful. Ethanol leaches out the plasticisers in the vinyl, which makes it more brittle, and potentially liable to damage from the stylus as it wiggles it's way through the grooves.
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