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.
This thing WORKS! As a test of both the cartridge and the cleaner I brushed off an orignal LP of Linda Ronstadt's Hasten Down the Wind, a release that I abused the vinyl and the cover of on many occasions as a young lad...Side Two has great accapella vocals, tight drums, and a lot of dynamic moments that will expose dirt in the vinyl. First pass of the side was pretty good actually-I was expecting a lot more wear and tear on a disc that didn't spend much time in it's sleeve.
I followed the easy one page instructions on the Spin Clean (and I did go to YouTube and see an excellent and wonderfully geeky home demo there the day before it arrived). Using distilled water and three cap-fulls of the cleaner on the brushes per the instruction I slid the record in the gap, three turns back, three turns forth, and BAM. I set it on a micofiber cloth and used the included surgical cloth to wipe it dry in a swirl motion, flipping it over and repeating the same on the other side. Deceptively simple and ingenius.
Not changing a thing on the A/V system I reloaded the disc and played Side Two again. The difference was immediately noticable. Linda's voice was clearer, sibilances were better and the tracks seemed more open and spacious. The results were also measurable-I forgot to mention I put an SPL meter 2' away from the speaker and measured the groove noise between tracks before and after as well...the noise was as much as 5db less, which is a hell of a lot! I'm not saying that this will take 5db of noise off your records, I'm saying it did on THIS record that looked OK before I ran it through the Spin Clean. It obviously cleaned gunk that the eye couldn't see, and it must have helped lower any static electricity buildup as well. I cleaned about 25 LP's with it and by then the water was noticably darker-they say you can get 50 cleanings per dose but I'm guessing they aren't talking about records like mine that looked like they were found by Mike and Frank on American Pickers.
It's $80...but it works...but it's $80... For me it was totally worth it to find out my old OOP vinyl survived my decades of abuse and neglect to them better than I did. The Spin Clean is not the kind of thing you can leave on display in your Home Thater/Music Room if you have any decorating taste...like my wife. And it's not cost/effort effective to use it to clean one or two records at a time, then throwing the water/solution out, though honestly even at $20 a bottle if you did that it would aveage 25 cents a record. But playing vinyl is like a dedicated sport you have to suit up for. You're not going to strap the pads on and go play for 5 minutes, so I just factor it into the ritual that makes the whole vinyl experience the cool thing it is for me again. Highly recommended.