Kiwi RCM

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ilikecrumpets
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Kiwi RCM

Post by ilikecrumpets » 22 Feb 2011 05:35

Hi guys, I haven’t posted much on here in the past (long time lurker) but I’m part of a review website down here in New Zealand.
One of our forum members has created a wand-type record cleaning machine, no internal vacuum but it works beautifully well.
I’ve done a video of it in action - here it is

http://www.witchdoctor.co.nz/index.php/ ... eo-review/

Let me know what you think, you can post comments on the site if you like. The inventor would love to hear any feedback!

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Post by mysticfred » 22 Feb 2011 07:59

A nice machine but like many of these very effective cleaning machines they cost a lot of money, too much for the average home user to spend on a machine, money that could be spent on buying new or ex+ condition records that should hardly need cleaning in the first place, though if a collector is used to buying used dirty discs from boot sales or charity shops for a few pennies they would hardly spend hundreds of pounds on cleaning them...

A dusty record would usually only need cleaning once in the possession of a new owner, then kept in its sleeve and dusted with a micro-fibre brush on each play.

A few pounds spent on a Knosti is much more cost effective for the home user and the best design to date, unless a specialist dealer is selling rare records and gives a cleaning service for about 2 pounds a go would find this sort of machine useful.

If somebody could design a gadget that removed the dust from a record while it was playing on the turntable without grinding the dust back into the grooves for under ten pounds...now that really would be something! :wink:

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Post by ilikecrumpets » 22 Feb 2011 10:01

Thanks Fred, but I’m adamant the motorised RCM did a better job of cleaning the vinyl. The problem with products such as the Knosti and Spinclean (and I’m not knocking them - I own a Knosti) is they leave the vinyl saturated. This has to dry somehow, sometimes (usually) leaving streaks on the playing surface. And as each subsequent LP is immersed in the cleaning fluid used for previous records, there is a lot of gunk in-solution. A bit like taking a bath and using the same bathwater that the wife and seven kids have used before you. Uurrrgh.
The suction RCM actually cleaned better though, and down here machines such as the VPI 16.5 sell for around $1500 (crazy $$) so the reality is that this home grown RCM is a stonker in terms of value.

I have over 1000 LP’s in my collection: adding this RCM is like investing 50c per album to keep them clean and dust-free. It’s worth it in my books. Anyway, I’ll be selling the Knosti :D

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Post by davidsss » 22 Feb 2011 10:32

Hey Mr Crumpets, over here now?

I am pretty impressed by this thing. I have baulked at the cost of RCMs and have been doing it manually for a couple of years with modified crevice tools. Now I am going to get one of these, with our exchange rate $NZ500 is quite a bit less than $AU500.

I will report back when I have it and I've used it. I have always been convinced that a home made setup like mine can do just as good a job and never wanted to spend upwards of $AU1k, but at this price the convenience is worth the cost. Looking forward to getting this, will be much easier.

DS

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Post by ilikecrumpets » 22 Feb 2011 10:42

Ha ha yeah, I posted a few times on the Engine until a few years back - lost my password and even forgot my username. Buggered if I know, too much going on I guess.
I can only go on what I’ve experienced with the RCM while I’ve had it for review - supposedly ‘clean’ albums (ie brand new) somehow lose a ton of surface noise after cleaning, and comparing it with the Knosti has the electric device well ahead in terms of effective cleaning ability.

So yes I can recommend it, I’m going to have a wee chat with swmbo and hope for the best ;)

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Post by LPfan » 21 Aug 2011 12:26

How much time does this machine take to clean one LP, both sides?

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Post by Blue Angel » 21 Aug 2011 13:45

mysticfred wrote:A nice machine but like many of these very effective cleaning machines they cost a lot of money, too much for the average home user to spend on a machine, money that could be spent on buying new or ex+ condition records that should hardly need cleaning in the first place, though if a collector is used to buying used dirty discs from boot sales or charity shops for a few pennies they would hardly spend hundreds of pounds on cleaning them...

A dusty record would usually only need cleaning once in the possession of a new owner, then kept in its sleeve and dusted with a micro-fibre brush on each play.

A few pounds spent on a Knosti is much more cost effective for the home user and the best design to date, unless a specialist dealer is selling rare records and gives a cleaning service for about 2 pounds a go would find this sort of machine useful.

If somebody could design a gadget that removed the dust from a record while it was playing on the turntable without grinding the dust back into the grooves for under ten pounds...now that really would be something! :wink:

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Ah, Mystic

Enter the late Cecil Watts and his famous dustbug - cleans 'em while you play.

I have them on all my players and use them dry.

I also use the late Cecil's Manual Parastat. One wipe before play and 'debugging' during play and nary a fibre of dust on my styli.

Cheers

ba

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Post by davidsss » 22 Aug 2011 10:58

Well I've had mine for a few months now and it cleans well. Convenient machine and has sped up my wet cleaning. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to clean a record.

It does not clean better than my old method but it is just as good and more convenient. Worth it for a cheap RCM in my opinion.

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Re: Kiwi RCM

Post by rvcasa » 08 Sep 2019 08:12

I still rather pay AUD $3 a vinyl to be ultrasonic vinyl cleaned on a AUDIO DESK SYSTEME... (and that includes an inner sleeve) :D

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