Record Cleaning Machines

Record Cleaning Machines

If you love vinyl, the only way to properly clean your records is with a record cleaning machine. Most of them employ the same basic design: apply a cleaning solution to the record surface to loosen the dirt and debris trapped in the grooves, and a vacuum system to remove the dirty fluid form the record, leaving a clean vinyl behind.
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If you love vinyl and you have the cash, the only way to properly clean your records is with a record cleaning machine.

Yet the world of the Record Cleaning Machines (RCM) can be a confusing place. This is a scene where weird and the wacky technologies thrive and where the current choice of RCMs is wide enough to confuse even the most experienced music fan.

What exactly is a RCM, though? If I was to reduce the good and the bad RCMs and the myriad methods of cleaning those grooves into a (very) general sentence then it would be something like this: It’s an electrically powered, dumb record player whose arm doesn’t play your record but, instead, moves across the rotating record’s surface, sucking up dirt.

This is the main difference between manual cleaning and the RCM. Whereas manual cleaning shifts muck around your LP and hopefully removes enough to make a difference, there is the probability that it will not remove all of it. How much depends partly on you and your chosen manual cleaning method. More proactive manual cleaners (i.e. alcohol-based) also threaten to damage the vinyl itself. The RCM can actually suck dirt from your record’s grooves, taking it off the record and entirely away from the area while doing so in a gentle manner. Record Cleaning Machines

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