Hi Tom,Tombo62 wrote: ↑07 Oct 2019 22:18Hi Hrvoje,
I am not qualified to comment on the suitability of the Brulin, “Maxima 256”. Perhaps Vince will comment. I purchased one of the earliest HW-16 VPI Vac machines back in circa 1981 and updated to 16.5 status in about 1985, and have been happily cleaning records with it ever since, still using it today. I believe that a vacuum is by far the quickest and also the most effective way to remove the highest percentage of cleaning fluid (with solubilized waste) and rinse water, with the least amount of evaporation occurring on the surface of the record. Others disagree and think that air drying is just fine and does not induce a static charge. I am opposed to air drying, as solubilized contaminates or surfactants in the cleaning fluid or rinse liquid will be left on the record. This is a major failing of tank type cleaning devices, such as the Spin Clean, Disco Anti-Stat or Ultra Sonic tanks.
Others have reported perfectly satisfactory results by removing the fluids with a soft cotton cloth (micro fiber most commonly recommended). They often claim that they can remove more liquid with less evaporation than a vac system due to an effect rapid evaporation that occurs at the vacuum slot-record interface. This is mostly theory with little or no scientific evidence (to my knowledge) to actually indicate with method removes the most liquid with the least amount of evaporation. My feeling is that a powerful vacuum system will remove the fluid from the depth of the groove, better than would a cloth wiped over the surface (just my option). One thing is certain, brand new cotton cloth has a lot of loose fibers (lint) and should be run through the wash cycle, washer-dryer, two or three times to remove lint before using on a record. Although rarely used, some people believe that blowing the fluid off with compressed air is best (good luck with that and hold on to your record).
A "normal" or household vacuum cleaner is not recommended. If making your own vac system, you will want to get a small (1 gallon size) "Wet or Dry" Shop Vac to pick up fluid. There are dozens of youtube videos about making your own.
The last thing is that your cleaning methodology is as important (or even more so) than the cleaning fluids that you use. Just to give you some good ideas, here is a link to the Disc Doctor website explaining their recommended methods of record cleaning, although, to each his own and everyone seems to develop their own preferred method over years of practice.
I was on and off, doing several things in the same time, for some time, but was thinking about what you wrote quite often! To begin with, thank you for your generosity! I find what you said of a great value, as you don't forget the small things. There is a Beckett quote I find appropriate, I'll leave it in french, as I couldn't find it in english: "Se donner du mal pour les petites choses, c'est parvenir aux grandes, avec le temps". There is another one, by B. Franklin: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Funny thing is that I proudly kept my microfiber cloths brand new, waiting for first cleaning session. Thanks to you, they are not brand new any more... [-X
The vacuum machine is out of reach for me, at least for the moment, but you did woken my interest quite a bit!