In The Groove Record Cleaner - Liquid Free Reusable - Cleans Vinyl Records in Seconds
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- Record Cleaner, Clean Record, Clean Vinyl, Unique, residue-free tacky roller and scratch-guard gripping handle
- Roller refills available on Amazon.com as: In The Groove Replacement Roller
- Requires no sprays, cloths, or brushes
- Easy to use, removes surface finger smudges and in the groove dust and debris
- Effective for easy vinyl record maintenance.
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IN THE GROOVE is a reusable, liquid free vinyl record cleaner that provides easy and excellent record maintenance, enabling the user to enjoy clear and clean sound. In The Groove does not spread dirt around. The tacky, residue free, roller lifts debris off the record surface trapping so it cannot return back to the record surface. In The Groove gently and safely removes greasy smudges, finger prints, dirt and debris off the vinyl surface without the use of chemical sprays, dusty cloths or particle pushing brushes. For deep in the groove cleaning ITG works hand in hand with a carbon fiber brush because it can completely remove the line of dust left behind after cleaning with the carbon fiber brush. ITG is also can be used to remove dirt and fine particulate debris from the carbon fiber brush itself. In The Groove can be used repeatedly without harming your records. The stickiness of the roller can be restored for countless future uses by simply rinsing it under warm tap water and setting it aside to air-dry or by rolling it over a lint free paper towel. The key to tacky roller longevity is not to wash it after every use. Use it many times, over and over again, especially if your records are moderately clean. When the tacky roller surface becomes blunted by a visible cover of dust and debris, that is the time to wash it. Great gift for an audiophile, DJ and anyone interested in easy, liquid free record cleaning. An "In The Goove Replacement roller" can be purchased on Amazon.com by searching for In The Groove Replacement Roller in electronics.
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I have a $500 vacuum-powered record cleaning machine (Pro-Ject VC-S), a couple carbon fiber brushes, and this "In The Groove" record cleaner.
The In the Groove is basically a lint roller - like the kind you use to get lint and pet hair off your sweater or trousers. The sticky material is different though, it's not gluey adhesive like on a real lint roller. It does a very good job removing surface dust and stray hairs. I'm not sure how good it is at removing dirt that's down deep in the grooves. What I do is first use a carbon fiber brush for a couple passes, to loosen dirt and remove some of it and some hairs. But the carbon fiber brush doesn't remove everything, it just pushes some of it around the surface of the record. So, the next step is to go over it with this In The Groove roller. This system works well, especially when a deep clean is not needed to really enjoy your record.
When the deep clean is needed, the VC-S does the best job. But it's expensive ($500), takes 2-3 minutes per record, and is a bit noisy for a minute. Sometimes that's overkill, so the carbon fiber brushing followed by In The Groove roller is perfect - quick and easy, and produces nice results.
The In The Groove record roller is a no-brainer at $20.
All true audiophiles know that getting the best sound from your old LP records has more to do with the, condition and cleanliness of the source material than the quality of your equipment. With that in mind I ordered the "In the Groove" record cleaner to help me keep my record collection clean and sounding good. Compared to the cost of my equipment, how could I go wrong for a modest $20 investment?
After having a defective roller replaced, here is my new experience with this product. First, let me say that the "In the Groove" record cleaner works as described. It has a sticky surface that picks up loose dirt and dust, but don't expect it to replace a good wet clean system or machine. With that point clearly stated, I'd like to add that once your record is basically clean, proper use of the "In the Groove" roller will help keep your records clean. In that sense it is more of a maintenance tool than a deep cleaner.
Here are my observations. When using the roller, don't put any pressure on the surface of your record. That isn't really necessary. The roller will pick up surface grit and dust just fine with just a light pass. With added pressure comes added friction and that will only serve to create a static charge on your record which will increase hissing and popping when you play the record. Believe me, you don't want that. It is also important that you clean from the center to the edge since you can't really go around the record with this roller. The sticky nature of the roller makes it want to go in a straight line. I'd also recommend that you use it in conjunction with a carbon fiber brush because the brush can get deeper into the groves and it will go around the record as it turns.
After lots of experimentation, I've developed a technique for using the roller that is very useful for me. First I use a good carbon fiber brush. The brush does a really good job of digging out grim and dust from inside the groves, however the brush doesn't pick up everything it digs out. It pushes the dust along the surface and leaves some of it behind on the surface of the record. I had never noticed that before but Stan (The seller of the "In The Groove" cleaner,) pointed that out and so I started looking for it. After using the brush, I stopped the platter and using a flashlight pointed at a 45 degree angel, I examined the surface of the record. Sure enough, there it was; a white line of dust and grit that was left behind by the brush. Additional use of the brush did not remove the dust, but one quick pass of the "In the Groove" roller was all that was needed to pick up the errant dust and remove it from the record. Score one for the "In the Groove" roller.
After that, I started to use the flashlight to examine both the record and the brush after every use. What did I find? Not only did the carbon fiber brush sometimes leave a line of dust behind, but the carbon fiber brush itself accumulated lots of dust and grime that it carried from record to record. Not a good thing. But "In the Groove" came to the rescue again. A few quick passes with the roller cleaned the brush and left it looking like new. That was another good use for the roller and it made my fiber carbon brush work better.
Now I keep the "In the Groove" record cleaner on the shelf with all my other record maintenance tools. In partnership with my carbon fiber brush, I use it every day and find it a very useful tool for helping me keep my records clean and sounding good. If used for that purpose, I highly recommend the "In the Groove" cleaner.
UPDATE: For some reason, washing the roller under cold water with dish soap and letting it completely dry will bring back the stickiness. This roller beats a brush when it comes to dust removal.