If you do a research online you will find out that worldwide, still millions of people have, and listen to their vinyl records. And millions more still have vinyl records, but do not play them anymore. https://www.ziabis.com/

And one thing most of those who do play their vinyl records have in common is, something that is the biggest setback of vinyl records, the background noises that have nothing to do with the music originally recorded. And so far, this is the foremost reason people say why they don’t listen to their record is because of these annoying sounds, such as scratching, hissing and such that play in the background

That is the annoying crackling, hissing, scratchy noises the emanate from the records at playback.

These disturbances are made as the stylus runs over the dust and grime particles that have nested into the grooves and make the stylus make additional movements not related to the recorded music. These additional moves are also amplified and we hear them as disturbing noises.

Now, I know that those who have a system at home that costs maybe even over $100, 000 and who will lay down $3000 or more just for a stylus, they won’t have this problem, because they simply lay down $3000 and buy a record washing machine. And because their records are not sealed and the washing ritual will have to be repeated often if they want to listen to their music without the annoyances, they will, because the record washing machine is at hand and they have relatively easy access.

But I am addressing the millions of other, “normal” users. Those of us who do not have a Hi-fi system that cost as much as a house. Those of us who cannot afford to lay down $3000 for a stylus or a record washing machine without batting an eye. Those of us who gulp at the thought of spending $100 – $200 to have the 100 or 200 hundred records we have in our collection washed at a record store, knowing that if we want to keep up the magnificent listening experience, we will soon have to repeat the procedure.

At the moment I am typing this article here, the track 1 on side 1, “Behind the Gardens – Behind the Wall” on the LP with the same name that was released in 1981 is playing in the background. This wonderful LP of Andreas Vollenweider (For those who have never heard of him, Andreas Vollenweider plays an electrically modified Harp) And on this record there are some very deep surring bass.

Discovery tour

It’s been about 4 and a half months now since I made this discovery, I mean discovering this record cleaner and it’s a discovery tour in as much as that I am really discovering my records anew. Being able to hear my records now without all the disturbing noises. Discovering new instruments in the background, hearing new depth or space in the recording, hearing the musicians hum along their tunes as they are playing and more. These and more are all things that have been on the record from its release. But they were usually lost in all the background noises the grime and grit in the grooves produced.

I am sure that there are more persons out there that like me, want to hear their favorite records as it was intended. But to experience this, I must have a really clean record. And there are some really adventurous cleaning methods out there in internetland. There is for instance a method in which they use wood glue. It has an even higher page rank than I do at present. And it seems to function. The only thing I hold against it is the practicability and costs.

In one video I saw, it was said that the glue needs 5 to 8 hours to dry before you can remove it. Ok, I mean 5-8 hours to clean ONE side of an LP? Imagine cleaning 100 LP’s. OUCH!

What are the advantages of the Record-Kleen method?

Even after the glue method cleans off the grit and grime, the record is still not sealed, it immediately starts to recollect dust and grime. And again, I would soon have to repeat the same tedious and time consuming process. The Record-Kleen method cleans and seals the record a the same time, making it scratch and dust resistant, so no new dirt or grime will set itself and adhere in the grooves. Most things can be just wiped off the record with a soft cloth. And if it turns out to be too sticky to wipe off, I just take some Record-Kleen and within a few minutes all is history.

A side effect I am seeing with the product I use is, as yet none of the records I have cleaned show any signs of building up electrical static. I have not figured out as yet why this is so, but at present it is the state of things. Not even one of the records I cleaned 4 and a half months ago. If this really stays like this I will have to put another notch on the measuring stick. This would again mean, that you could save money, not having to buy new sleeves every time you cleaned your records.

The resume

This vinyl records cleaning duo win the race all along the line, they do not cost the world. A bottle with 19. 91 fl. Oz cleans at least 120 to 140 dirty records. If your records are clean in the first place and you only want to seal them, then maybe you could easily seal 200 records with one bottle.

No matter how dirty my records are and how many times I might have to clean them, each time I apply the cleaners and play my records more grit is removed out of the grooves, resulting in a clearer sound. Giving me more music and less background sounds. And no matter if I choose to clean my record right there and then, repeating the cleaning until my records are Cristall clear or I choose to do it only every time before I play the record, the result is the same. My records play better each time. I just have to repeat it until I have the CD quality sound.

And the best part is, once my records reach this stadium, THEY REMAIN LIKE THIS! Why? Because their surface is sealed against new dust and grime settling into the grooves. Something NONE of the other cleaning systems do as far as I know! Once my records reach this stadium, it is easy for me to keep them in this stadium. Even if an accident happens and any fluids or juices, alcohol or whatever should get on the surface, IT WILL NOT SET ITSELF INTO THE GROOVES, it’s only on the surface.

Just one dab of the sealant on the sponge and clean it off, let it dry then rub it off finished, my record is sealed again. I wash the sponge and it is ready for use again. I mean how much easier does it get?

By yanam49

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