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Old 09-01-2017, 08:03 PM
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DIY Ultrasonic RCM at The Vinyl Press.

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Old 11-30-2017, 10:46 PM
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Here is a follow-up on adventures with my DIY ultrasonic record cleaning setup posted on Bill Hart's delightful Web site: The Vinyl Press.

This follow-up takes a look at the operation of the filtering system at the point where I changed the water in the USC tank.



Doing the refill, I decided to increase the amount of IPA and surfactant/wetting agent (Ilfotol) and will try to report on what happened with that the next time the water is changed.

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Old 12-01-2017, 01:33 AM
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Tim.......Thanks for the links to both articles. Most enjoyable. Your ultrasonic RCM is quite ingenious, and I like that it is able to wash multiple LP's at one time. Thanks for posting.
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A good read. Thanks.
There is an on-going DIY USRCM thread on the AK forum that has been going on for several years. Mostly built with parts available from eBay. While not as professional as the Kuzma RD, their record rotating drives generally run in the few $hundred range and the total cost is <$1000.
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A good read. Thanks.
There is an on-going DIY USRCM thread on the AK forum that has been going on for several years. Mostly built with parts available from eBay. While not as professional as the Kuzma RD, their record rotating drives generally run in the few $hundred range and the total cost is <$1000.
Yes, thanks, and you make a good point. I looked at 'em. The lower cost rotisseries are plastic and don't hold as many records, but they get the job done and can use a smaller, lower capacity (= less money) ultrasonic cleaner. Whatever USC tank you choose, get one with at least a heater and a timer. From the second article I'm convinced of the necessity for water filtering - and that was actually easy to build.

I've cleaned a lot of records in my time using four different machines (after years of manual effort.) I am now convinced the DIY approach delivers more cleaner records faster and quieter than either the Audio Desk (I own one) or the KLAudio units and similar machines for much less money. You can get records as clean with a point-nozzle machine (Loricraft, Monks) but the throughput is much lower and it's a bit tedious.

Also, thanks Dan.
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Bill Hart published the third installment of my adventures with tima's DIY RCM on his Web site The Vinyl Press. Big changes in follow-up #2. Here are links to all three:

tima's DIY RCM

tima’s DIY (Ultrasonic) RCM – followup #1

tima’s DIY RCM – follow-up #2: Compelling Changes – Improved Results


Here's a teaser: It's not a matter of how the air is moved - it's all evaporation. There is no difference in drying records by fan or open air. The critical element of any form of air drying is not having record detritus, dirt or other gunk (solids) in the water on a record when it dries.


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Tim... Outstanding! thanks for sharing.
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