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#280711 - 11/27/09 11:44 AM Vinyl cleaning advice needed...
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OK, all you vinyl users, what do you use to keep your records clean? I've seen spray/cloth or brush options from companies like discwasher. Or is there a good DIY method/solution a person can use to keep the grooves clean?
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#280741 - 11/27/09 04:26 PM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: SirQuack]
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Hello,
I have been using a cleaning machine called a GEM dandy for the last 2 years in conjunction with Disc Doctor cleaning fluid. I had previously used a VPI, and the end result doesn't even get close to what the GEM can do.

http://www.gmanalog.com/

Here is a review

http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/gem/dandy_2.html
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#280749 - 11/27/09 06:05 PM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: mace]
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thanks for the info, I should have been a little more clear. I'm looking for a DIY cheap method. I recently purchased a USB Turntable from Ion to put my old vinyl into Itunes and create MP3. I've since read 4 good reviews on using a mild warm solution with a few drops of dishwashing soap, to make them like new. One article came from a guy that has thousands of vinyl clear back to the 60's and he has never had a problem, contrary to what some of the "spinners" say. \:\)
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#280750 - 11/27/09 06:15 PM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: SirQuack]
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I read (and can't recall) that you can use distilled water and dilute a specific vinyl cleaning fluid that makes a LOT of fluid. It's cheap. I'll post if I can remember.

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#280776 - 11/28/09 08:29 AM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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Years ago when I had vinyl, I just used water and
dawn dish detergent and a soft cloth. I did this for years and never experienced any problems with this method.

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#280779 - 11/28/09 10:06 AM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: CatBrat]
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that is what I've been reading, as long as you are careful to not get the labels wet, and rinse well in a shallow container, it appears it does a great job at getting deep dust/grime out of the grooves.
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#280780 - 11/28/09 10:17 AM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: SirQuack]
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Not counting that nice bubbly and colorful sound it provides! ;\)
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#280782 - 11/28/09 10:36 AM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: EFalardeau]
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I've used Goo Gone on really dirty albums with good success. Afterward I do a warm water rinse.
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#280783 - 11/28/09 10:38 AM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: EFalardeau]
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...for clean highs and helps eliminate any muddiness...
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#280786 - 11/28/09 11:42 AM Re: Vinyl cleaning advice needed... [Re: Adrian]
SirQuack Offline
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thanks guys, I've also been reading about ways to help flatten warped records, very interesting...
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