Record cleaning

Re: Record cleaning

Postby seamonster » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:10 pm

This one -

https://www.amazon.com/TruSonik-Ultraso ... ith+Heater

Price has been jacked up $15.00 since my purchase. Inner dimensions are (L/W/H) 11".5 X 9".25 X 6".25.
I can easily center a VinylStack triple-array within it, and completely submerge the groove on any record I've cleaned so far.
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Re: Record cleaning

Postby seamonster » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:32 pm

Oh, one more thing - the unit I received does not have the four depressions in the tank bottom. I inquired about that, thinking it was incompletely manufactured. Here is the reply from Amazon seller J & R Wholesale:

Not to worry, you have received are new and updated model. The pictures are different due to Amazon's system, that does not allow us to edit the listing pictures. The pictures in the listing show are first generation and the ultrasonic cleaner that you have is our newest generation.
Please let me know if you have any further questions, I am here to help.

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Re: Record cleaning

Postby madrac » Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:41 pm

seamonster wrote:This one -

https://www.amazon.com/TruSonik-Ultraso ... ith+Heater

Price has been jacked up $15.00 since my purchase. Inner dimensions are (L/W/H) 11".5 X 9".25 X 6".25.
I can easily center a VinylStack triple-array within it, and completely submerge the groove on any record I've cleaned so far.


I have the same tank...works great. Similarly, mine doesn't have the 4 depressions as shown on the Amazon picture.. it does have 4 much smaller depressions, though. The instructions I got were also for the old model -- new model doesn't have a knob on the back to adjust the frequency. Apparently, this is automatically done now.
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Re: Record cleaning

Postby smashatoms » Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:56 pm

Ok, I have my list sorted out, thanks to the contributors here on the forum and that handy article by Paul Rushton. I'll be placing orders in a few days.

If I'm reading correctly, a lot of folks use their VPI RCMs to vacuum dry their records after they come out of the tank. How do you do that without getting the mat wet?

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Re: Record cleaning

Postby seamonster » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:43 am

From what I've read, many folks use an extra mat which is removed after the first side is vacuumed, leaving the original RCM platter/mat dry for the second side. Having an Okki Nokki, I simply dry the platter with a chamois after vacuuming the first side. There is very little water remaining on the LPs after a gentle shake prior to vacuuming.
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Re: Record cleaning

Postby Packgrog » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:02 am

I use a sort of gasket/spacer between the RCM platter and the *LABEL* of the record to try to prevent the grooves from ever touching the RCM platter. It can't be too thick (in my case it's thin Grungebuster material), otherwise the clamp won't secure properly and the spring loading or rotation lock of the vacuum wand won't work properly. The more compliant spacer also causes a but of flex in thin records which also helps keep them from sagging and touching the edge of the platter. I don't currently have a photo of this, but I'll try to share one tonight or tomorrow.
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Re: Record cleaning

Postby smashatoms » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:50 am

seamonster wrote:From what I've read, many folks use an extra mat which is removed after the first side is vacuumed, leaving the original RCM platter/mat dry for the second side. Having an Okki Nokki, I simply dry the platter with a chamois after vacuuming the first side. There is very little water remaining on the LPs after a gentle shake prior to vacuuming.


Packgrog wrote:I use a sort of gasket/spacer between the RCM platter and the *LABEL* of the record to try to prevent the grooves from ever touching the RCM platter. It can't be too thick (in my case it's thin Grungebuster material), otherwise the clamp won't secure properly and the spring loading or rotation lock of the vacuum wand won't work properly. The more compliant spacer also causes a but of flex in thin records which also helps keep them from sagging and touching the edge of the platter. I don't currently have a photo of this, but I'll try to share one tonight or tomorrow.


Thanks for the suggestions guys. I'll pick up a mat and chamois and experiment with both. I'm not sure where I would find a spacer.
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Re: Record cleaning

Postby seamonster » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:01 am

Spacer could be DIY, from whatever material you choose. In my case, I also spray RO/DI water over each LP side prior to vacuuming, to reduce friction between the felt vacuum strips and the record surface.
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Re: Record cleaning

Postby madrac » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:29 pm

Packgrog wrote:I'm not sure who had shared this list previously, but here's a less expensive alternative that I had saved and finally ordered today.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01G305PK0/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014C5D64/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D049XFQ/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HE5DUQ/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AB5W25K/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AB5WYVC/

Order total with free shipping was about $60. Less powerful pump than Harry's, and not self priming, but should do the trick if you just run it for a couple of minutes.

EDIT: It is now installed and running. I had to get a larger barb for the input to the pump (the output nozzle from my tank is 1/2" instead of 3/8" like the rest of the barbs), and I didn't want to wait for the one straggler piece from Amazon, so I got a brass nozzle for the filter output. All works, the pump linked above is nearly silent, and works just fine as long as the tank fluid gets to the pump on its own. Good stuff! Will share photos later.


thanks for posting these options. I just got the pump & filter housing/filters from Amazon and set up today. Got the fittings locally. Works great!
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Re: Record cleaning

Postby Mr_Putty » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:39 pm

Just a note about Harry’s UCM system. One reason I picked it was because with a filter change after cleaning records ( for health ) I can filter my tap water for drinking. High output pump means I can quickly fill bottles. So I see this as a dual purpose setup. I like that there are two price ranges one can pick. Just another 2 cents.
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