studio57a wrote:THANK you sir!
Now that is what I and others are really looking for.
A simple solution.
I have no problems with other people's techniques, you do need them wet to be cleaned though as a brush just isn't going to get the stuff out in my humbled opinion without a catalyst to loosen them. There are many things like dish soap or whatever else that works just fine. I feel a dry cleaning is going to do more harm than good in the long run.
I actually found some 50 / 50 water alcohol premixed at the local Dollar Tree store. i used to mix it myself, I would buy the gallon jug of water for about 95 cents and the rubbing alcohol that was 90% isopropyl alcohol or higher.
This is premixed for $1 each and they last a while unless I buy some new used records at a flea market or whatever. I really have to do a lot of cleaning, usually three thorough cleanings to get them "as good as they will ever get".
I'll put my records up against ANY cleaning machine results. My lead ins don't crackle unless they are scratched obviously and my records are quiet where they should be if not scratched. AND I use a cheap turntable, well cheap by today's standards, what was $200 in 1983 compared to today's currency?
I recently bought a couple of used records and took a chance on them because you could visually see that there was stuff in the grooves. It was obvious someone played them while they were dirty and sure enough .... distortion that was permanent. Irreparable damage. Too bad really, they were just 99 cents each fortunately. They are now wall decor in the listening room so not a total loss lol.