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Old 26th May 2015, 02:35 PM   #1101
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Thanks, B B. This is definitely handy for ordering pump/filter assembly parts.
My US unit is a L&R Quantrex 280, which is rated for 60 kHz, which is desirable; alas it does not have a heater. Reading this thread, I continuously see that heating the medium to 50*C is important. Is there a way to add an external heater to my unit?



Is this a Q280 model? The reason I ask is all the info online says this is a 43KHZ unit.

L&R Quantrex Ultrasonic Watch and Clock Cleaners

I bought on Ebay a silicon heater pad for around $30 bucks and added it to my cleaner. Wasn't too much of an issue to open up unit to attach.
You are right. I was mistaken in labeling it 60 kHz. It's 40 KHz.
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Old 26th May 2015, 10:34 PM   #1102
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I've been following this thread with interest and have just placed my order for a Sonix IV ST126H (60KHz) - the 10qu model which is 241mm wide, rather than the 152mm of the 'normal' 6qu model.

The extra width means that I can fit 8 LPs in the tank at a time - and still have more than an inch gap between them.

I was planning on buying one of Louis's Vibrato LLC 80KHz models but, unfortunately, after missing out twice on one-offs that came up in his Tindie store ... I gave up. That would've only been 6qu anyway - so I've traded frequency for size.

So now comes the process of tracking down:
* a suitable motor
* a spindle & label-protector setup, and
* a filter.

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Old 27th May 2015, 03:25 AM   #1103
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Andy, All Electronics may still have some of the 1/10th RPM 220 V 50 HZ motors left. I do not know if they ship over seas.

1/10 RPM SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR, 230 VAC | All Electronics Corp.
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Old 27th May 2015, 03:32 AM   #1104
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Andy, All Electronics may still have some of the 1/10th RPM 220 V 50 HZ motors left. I do not know if they ship over seas.

1/10 RPM SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR, 230 VAC | All Electronics Corp.
Actually, I bought 3 of these about 6 months ago, as a result of reading about them on this thread. When they arrived I realised that (obviously! ) 1 revolution takes 10 minutes.

Do you think that this speed is OK ... or is it too slow? I was thinking that maybe 5 or 6 minutes would be better?


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Old 27th May 2015, 04:56 AM   #1105
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When they arrived I realised that (obviously! ) 1 revolution takes 10 minutes.

Do you think that this speed is OK
Andy

It's perfect.

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Old 27th May 2015, 05:15 AM   #1106
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It's perfect.

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So, doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation, that means a section of vinyl could be in the solution for 4 minutes ... this is not too long?

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Old 27th May 2015, 05:45 AM   #1107
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At most, it's a little under 4 minutes for the outermost ring of the LP. That's not too long, particularly with a 60 khz cleaner.
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Old 27th May 2015, 06:10 AM   #1108
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At most, it's a little under 4 minutes for the outermost ring of the LP. That's not too long, particularly with a 60 khz cleaner.
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Old 30th May 2015, 05:48 PM   #1109
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This weekend has been a literal comedy of errors! I've finally got about 95% of the parts necessary to turn my Vibrato 60kHz unit into a record cleaning machine with fluid filter.

Friday night I emptied out the fluid in the pan and heard *THUNK*. I looked inside the unit as it felt imbalanced all of a sudden. Yup, one of the transducers fell off the pan! I sent an email to Louis as to how to re-attach the transducer so I'm just waiting to hear back. Hopefully I can just scrape the epoxy off and re-attach it myself.

So now that project is on hold. I figure at least my Little Giant pump will be delivered Saturday and the filter assembly comes Wednesday so I can get to work on that over the weekend. FedEx drops off the pump this morning. I open the box only to find that one of the blades is broken off the impeller fan. I can't win for losing!

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Old 3rd June 2015, 04:59 PM   #1110
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Regarding the filter/pump set-up. How do you think a canister aquarium filter/pump would stack up against BBFX's diy unit?
There are many of these aquarium filters on Amazon.
Something like this -
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