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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Bob View Post
    The first LP I bought would have been about 44 years ago - Dark Side of the Moon. In the same transaction I bought Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. Phoenix Records on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, sadly long-gone. Both those records disappeared in a burglary - I got most of my LPs back, but not the more mainstream stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kappclark View Post
    I have tried a damp Mr Clean Magic Eraser for the Stylus -- just enough coarseness... also the vinyl washing does work - I remember trying on a sacrificial Lawrence Welk LP - improved the sound (but not the music)
    What did you use to clean your vinyl? Probably not a multisurface wipe

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    Ha Ha - Dawn dishwashing detergent did it for me, with a slow rinse with warm water, then onto the dish rack
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    Quote Originally Posted by kappclark View Post
    Ha Ha - Dawn dishwashing detergent did it for me, with a slow rinse with warm water, then onto the dish rack
    If tap water was acceptable I would try that but everyone recommends distilled/deionised.

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    The Spin-Clean record bath is arguably the best bang for the buck.

    https://spinclean.com/

    And distilled water is cheap... Doesn't leave white spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_big View Post
    The Spin-Clean record bath is arguably the best bang for the buck.

    https://spinclean.com/

    And distilled water is cheap... Doesn't leave white spots.
    I think distilled water is only cheap across the pond. In the UK I think we can probably get deionised water for around £2 for 5 litres (if my local branch of Tesco stocks it). The Spin-Clean is one I thought about but I thought I would try manual cleaning first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    I think distilled water is only cheap across the pond. In the UK I think we can probably get deionised water for around £2 for 5 litres (if my local branch of Tesco stocks it). The Spin-Clean is one I thought about but I thought I would try manual cleaning first.

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    If you are digitising Vinyl to FLAC it definitely pays to clean your records properly first and also to check the set up of your turntable throroughly - one of those mini electronic scales is a very good purchase. It is surprising just how out your counterweight can often be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    If you are digitising Vinyl to FLAC it definitely pays to clean your records properly first and also to check the set up of your turntable throroughly - one of those mini electronic scales is a very good purchase. It is surprising just how out your counterweight can often be.
    Any idea if this is any good?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Professiona...t-items&sr=1-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    Any idea if this is any good?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Professiona...t-items&sr=1-2

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    Thats exactly what I use for day to day cleaning.

    One of these or similar to check downforce - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neoteck-Dig...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    I think distilled water is only cheap across the pond. In the UK I think we can probably get deionised water for around £2 for 5 litres (if my local branch of Tesco stocks it). The Spin-Clean is one I thought about but I thought I would try manual cleaning first.

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    I have a University lab with effectively unlimited deionised water which has worked well on the rare occasions I clean LPs...

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