SPIN-CLEAN - STARTER KIT RECORD WASHER SYSTEM Mk2
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- Washer Basin and Lid
- Washer Fluid 4oz
- One Pair Brushes
- One Pair Rollers
- Two Washable Drying Cloths
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Take the Effort of Cleaning Your Vinyl LPs with the Acclaimed, Inexpensive Spin-Clean Record Washer System Starter Kit Mk2: Includes Everything You Need to Get Started Cleaning Records The Spin-Clean Record Washer System Starter Kit Mk2 gets records clean, is easy to use, and doesn't cost a fortune. Spin-Clean also takes the effort out of cleaning records. Its brushes scrub both sides of the record simultaneously, rollers in the tank keep records safe from damage, and the fluid pulls dirt off the record and down to the bottom of the tank. Quick and effortless, this system has garnered rave reviews in The Absolute Sound , Stereophile , and more. Now there's truly no reason not to clean every record in your collection. This Record Washer System is available in two different packages: As a Starter Kit (shown here) and as a Complete System Kit . This version includes a record washer, wash fluid, one pair of washer brushes, one pair of washer rollers, and one pair of drying cloths. You can't go wrong with Spin-Clean . "Meet my new best friend, the Spin Clean Record Washing System. The results speak for themselves-less noise means more resolved music. Cleaner surfaces means a gain in perceived dynamic range." – Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound " It's cheap and it really, really works...I cleaned some dirty, fingerprint-encrusted records, and when I removed them from the vat, all dirt and fingerprints were gone... Not everyone wants to spend hundreds of bucks on a vacuum machine, and the Spin-Clean got the job done! " – Michael Fremer, Stereophile Spin-Clean comes with everything you need to get started: Record Washer 4 Oz Wash Fluid (cleans up to 400 records) 1 pair of Washer Brushes 1 pair of Washer Rollers 1 pair of Drying Cloths Easy-to-Follow Instructions (printed in the lid) How
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I do feel the need to address two misconceptions about this item.
The first has to do with the label getting wet. If you fill the washer correctly (up to the fill line), a label will never be spun into the water, so you don’t ever have to worry about that. On the other hand, sometimes as the record is spun, water can drip off the half of the record that’s not in the water, down onto the label. I can’t imagine that this would do much damage to a label, especially if the water is wiped off quickly. However, if there is writing on the label, any ink present could absolutely smudge if it gets wet by water dripping off the top half of the record. I found this out the hard way.
Secondly, you will see that most of the dirt, dust and lint cleaned off of your records will indeed settle to the bottom of the washer. However, after several records washed, enough of this dirt will remain suspended in the solution that I’m not comfortable agreeing with the other reviewers who say that after several washings you’re not getting even a tiny amount of junk back onto your record. Having cleaned 75 or so records, I’ve replaced the water in the tank three times already because the water just looked like it was too dirty to continue using. Now, I am 100% convinced that any record I’ve cleaned ends up in much better condition after the cleaning, regardless of what’s getting back onto the disc, and I can’t imagine that a small amount of dirt that might get back onto the record would cause much damage. Then again, I’m not a hardcore audiophile, and if you are then perhaps this isn’t the right record cleaner for you - for this reason. Otherwise, trust your eye, dump the water and refill when you see that it’s time, and continue.
Oh, and you’ll probably need to pick up additional cleaning cloths, especially for marathon cleaning sessions. The two cloths provided with the set work fine but they will become saturated after maybe ten records each, and past that point you’re basically just pushing water around on the disc.
In my experience, the Spin Clean removes all visible dust and dirt and leaves the record surface looking clean. It also reduces static, even after you put the LP away and take it back out again. With very dusty LPs, I notice a nice reduction in noise. The Spin Clean doesn't remove anything really challenging - the kinds of things I've successfully removed with a sponge and warm water - so you may want to clean those spots before Spin Cleaning the LP. I recommend the Spin Clean, if for no other reason than less dust should mean less record wear.
Some have written that the Spin Clean is just a big cheap piece of plastic. As with any product, you are paying for the design and engineering, not just the materials. I'm not able to mold plastic into the shape of a record cleaner, but for $80, Spin Clean can.
Some tips: 1. I bought some microfiber towels to dry my records with when they come out of the Spin Clean. They are thicker and more absorbent than the Spin Clean drying towels. My records seem even quieter. I'm guessing this is because all the water (with any contaminants) is drawn into the towels before it can air dry onto the record. Eurow Microfiber 16 x 16 in. 300 GSM Cleaning Towels 12-Pack (Green) 2. Also, when you fill the Spin Clean to just below the rollers, as instructed, the innermost grooves on some records don't get submerged in fluid (though they do get wiped by the brushes). I add enough water to reach the inner groove on most LPs (as well as a bit more cleaning fluid), and it hasn't created any problems during cleaning. I think the inner grooves get cleaner. 3. Though it seems possible for dirt to get onto the pads and scratch the records, it has never happened to me (I've cleaned about 500 records). To be safe, I always clean my records with a carbon fiber brush before spin-cleaning them to remove excess dust.
Spin Clean customer service is very good. I initially had an issue with the brushes on my unit, and I emailed customer service for advice but received only a brief response. I contacted them again, explaining the problem, and they apologized for the previous brief response, explaining that they hadn't had anyone with that issue before. They replaced my unit, which was above and beyond what I expected. A great product.
Update Nov. 2012: I purchased a VPI 16.5 record cleaning machine. It does get the records audibly cleaner than the Spin-Clean (at 7.5 times the price), however, I still use the Spin-Clean, since I get a lot of LPs at the thrift store, and they're often very dirty. I give them all a good cleaning on the Spin-Clean first and use the VPI for cleaning the LPs I decide to keep.
I can also confirm that the Spin-Clean does not scratch LPs, as I have had many LPs - all of which were cleaned first on the Spin-Clean - come out of the VPI machine almost completely free of surface noise. This couldn't happen if the Spin-Clean was scratching records.