Originally Posted by underminded999 Also, I want to clean my record collection, before I use the new needle. I was thinking that SpinClean was the best way to go, since I have about 50 to 75 LPs, 10” and 7” to clean. But I was recommended to get this instead. That seems like it will work to maintain my records, after they have been cleaned, but I don’t like the idea of having to clean each record that way.Does anyone else have recommendations fro cleaning multiple records while keeping the cleaning process efficient and productive?Thanx for any and all help.
Sorry, can't address your cartridge question, but I can address your record cleaning questions.
For cleaning multiple records, especially ones that may actually have dirt or dust build up from years of use or storage, the Spin Clean works well and is probably the most appropriate solution. It works well, but frankly it is overpriced for several pieces of plastic. I have one and use it, but feel duped by the price for what you get.
I also have the AT cleaning brush and fluid kit you linked to. It, too, is overpriced, but it is a good brush for maintenance cleaning, as you suggest. I wouldn't try to use it for deep cleaning of old records. Once they are clean, you can use this to keep them clean. Many TT users clean them with such a brush before each spin.
On a related note, once that cleaning fluid for the AT cleaning brush is used up, I don't recommend buying replacement for it (this does NOT apply to the fluid used in the Spin Clean). You can make it for pennies with four simple, easily available ingredients and simply reuse the plastic squirt bottle. About 98% of the volume is distilled water you can buy at any drug store. In that small bottle that comes with it, add to the distilled water (try not to use tap water, as it may contain too many minerals and could leave residue) no more than a drop or so of each of the following:
1) 1 drop white vinegar;
2) 1 drop or 2 rubbing alcohol; and
3) 1 drop soft, non-abrasive liquid dishwashing detergent (like Dawn, for instance).
That's the "secret" formula that costs mere pennies to refill. Keep the little plastic squirt bottle and refill as needed.
I would also recommend an anti-static brush to use before each spin of a record. A light touch is all that is needed.Edited by Will2007 - 5/29/13 at 9:57am