Audio-Technica AT6012 Record Care Kit with Record Care Solution, Brush Pad, Storage Base, and Adhesive Tape
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- Designed to gently remove contaminates while improving record fidelity and tracking
- Scientific formula gently removes micro dust and other contaminants, dissolves fingerprints, and eliminates static electricity
- Velvet brush pad reaches into record grooves
- Inner reservoir directs AT634 Record Care Solution into brush pad's leading edge
- Protects your valuable records
- Removes dust and dirt from record surface with out scratching
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- Scientific record-care formula gently removes microdust and other contaminants, dissolves fingerprints, and eliminates static electricity
- Velvet brush pad reaches into grooves
- Inner reservoir directs the record care solution into brush pad’s leading edge
- Records and styli last longer
- Improves record fidelity and tracking
- For LP/EP use only
Record Care Kit with Record Care Solution, Brush Pad, Storage Base, and Adhesive Tape
Microdust and contaminants can cause wear and tear on your records and stylus—they diminish sound quality, too. Audio-Technica’s AT6012 Record Care Kit is designed to gently remove contaminates while improving record fidelity and tracking. AT6012 Record Care Kit contains: Audio-Technica Record Care Solution (2 fl. oz); Sonic Broom brush pad; storage base; double-sided adhesive tape.
- Record Care Kit includes the following: Audio-Technica Record Care Solution (2 FL. OZ); Sonic Broom brush pad; storage base; double-sided adhesive tape.
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Audio Technica AT6012 Record Care Kit is designed to gently remove contaminates while improving record fidelity and tracking. AT6012 Record Care Kit contains: Audio-Technica Record Care Solution (2 FL. OZ), Sonic Broom brush pad, storage base, and double-sided adhesive tape. The scientific record-care formula gently removes microdust and other contaminants, dissolves fingerprints, and eliminates static electricity.
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I did not have super high hopes for any modern day brush, but I just cleaned about 70 platters and I could not be happier.
Yes, the instructions are horrible, but this is not that difficult.
First, you squirt the solution into the two top holes of the brush. Not drops, but actually squirt some in so the pad can get saturated.
1. I found that the little holes in the top work so you can squirt the solution in from the top, but it takes a bit of time for the brush to become really wet enough to clean. The first few minutes will not have the entire brush damp. Wait...The dirt needs the dampness to help stick to the brush, not just push it around the platter, doing more damage.
2. There is a direction arrow on the side of the brush, that is the direction you want it to flow across the record. It is just about wide enough to cover all the grooves in one pass. If you have the platter on a moving turntable, make sure the brush is aimed correctly, into the vinyl as it comes to the brush. In other words, make sure the brush is advancing across the circumference of the record using the arrow as a directional guide.
3. You will find, upon inspection of the brush, that there is a lot of finer dust in the fibers after one or two platters than you might think. This really digs out the dirt. That little blue plastic strip on the holder? That is for scraping off the dust out of the brush. Use it often, not harshly, and you will see the dirt ball up and it then can be removed. This is mandatory, or you will just eventually redeposit the dirt on a different platter!
4. The "magic solution" is nothing more than distilled water and 70% alcohol. After using up the little bottle, buy a small alcohol bottle and a gallon of distilled water, both about $1 each. Enough mix for a lifetime.
5. I went one step further. After cleaning the platter, I found microfiber kitchen towels that were a bit tacky, but not too tacky so it drags on the platter. White ones found at Wa&^%%t. Not in the auto section, where the really tacky ones are kept, but in the kitchen towel area. After cleaning, I lightly rotated the towel around the disc to pull off the excess water. A little back and forth fanning of the platter afterwards holding the edges quickly dried it and I could put it back into the sleeve.
One tip: Your old sleeves may contain more debris inside the envelope than you might think. I aggressively took my sleeves and opened them downward, and shook them so some of it at least, came out. Sometimes nothing, sometimes a cloud of dust came out. Sometimes they were so bad I replaced them with new sleeves bought on Amazon. And make sure you have a sleeve inside your album cover. Cardboard is not nice to delicate vinyl grooves. I also started putting plastic outer covers on my albums to keep the covers nice and further help dust from invading. It also makes the record package look very cool.
The results to me were rather dramatic. Not only did the music seem brighter, unfortunately also did the permanent scratches on the record. Most of my records were bought used, so others put scuffs and scratches in them. Obviously the brush does not help this matter, but does make the needle ride in the bottom of the groove cleanly and make music, not be busy digging out dirt and try to make music at the same time. But scratches are scratches, so you will hear them cleanly also...Luckily for me there is something nostalgic about a few scratches in a record. I don't mind it at all, and there is just no duplicating the original analog sound that vinyl produces. Your favorite old artist, be it Nat King Cole or Jerry Lee Lewis, vinyl is the best. One of my favorites in my collection is an original Sun recording of Jerry Lee Lewis, doing all his hits. Scratchy, scuffed, and the sound was heavenly after cleaning with this brush!
Overall, this is a great brush and I would buy it again. Once you get used to using it, it takes more time to handle the platters and move things around than it does to clean any one side. Beats the pants off the silly wood glue method.
1) It works better if you just squirt a bead of solution on the ridge of the brush. Don't use the water holes. Conserves solution, and keeps from getting your albums so soggy that the dirt in the grooves turns into mud, and makes problems worse.
2) Make a dozen or more gentle sweeps with the brush counterclockwise while the record is spinning on the turntable. Scrape the brush on the rubber squeegee edge in between sweeps. This reduces the moisture and removes the particulates between sweeps. The last sweeps should be with a nearly dry brush.
3) Give the record a few minutes to dry before playing. It will sound better, and moisture will ruin a stylus.
4) If you still here a large amount of cracks and pops, but they are not due to scratches, repeat steps 1-3 until the album is as clean sounding as you can get it.
5) This is critical: Wash your brush with cold water periodically. You will be amazed at how many tiny black dirt fibers come out of the brush. It will work better the next time you use it.
Hope this helps. Happy listening!