Totally agree with the need to keep my vinyl as clean as I possibly can and preserve it in the long term.The UTV sound bar is a manual, budget-friendly record cleaning machine that uses a fluid-based cleaning method to remove dust and dirt from vinyl records. While it is a popular choice for many vinyl enthusiasts, it does have its limitations and may not provide the same level of cleaning and restoration as more advanced, automated record cleaning machines.
If you are looking to upgrade from the Knosti Record Cleaner, there are several options available depending on your budget and needs. Here are a few suggestions:
Regardless of which upgrade path you choose, it's important to keep in mind that proper cleaning and maintenance of your vinyl records is essential for preserving their quality and lifespan. Investing in a high-quality record cleaning machine can make a big difference in the sound quality and longevity of your vinyl collection.
- Spin-Clean Record Washer MKII: The Spin-Clean is a popular and affordable record cleaning machine that uses a similar fluid-based cleaning method as the Knosti, but with a more advanced design and improved cleaning effectiveness.
- Okki Nokki Record Cleaning Machine: The Okki Nokki is a higher-end, automated record cleaning machine that uses a vacuum-based cleaning method to deep clean and restore vinyl records. It is more expensive than the Knosti, but provides superior cleaning performance and convenience.
- VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaning Machine: The VPI HW-16.5 is a top-of-the-line record cleaning machine that is widely regarded as one of the best in the market. It uses a high-powered vacuum-based cleaning method to deep clean and restore even the most stubbornly dirty vinyl records.
My Hifi dealer when I was back in the sunny south east of england had a machine but as he is now 230 miles away running back to him isn't overly practical and my nearest dealer is now approximately 75 minutes away so again not somewhere I am going to be on a regular basis.
Hence the thought of buying something better, I'll save a bit of time and money if I had something in house, the little Knosti is great but could do with a bit better without spending too much.
A few of my records are full of crud, but gentle cleaning they seem to come up a treat. Admittedly some are beyond reasonable playing condition, so nothing is ideal. But for a tenner that HMV cleaning solution is GVFM.PP, I can guess the kit you have now. It is fine on discs that have been handled and looked after. But when you come to something that is covered in crud….
when buying used or new I would not be without my OKKI NOKKI. With ones that I have owned since the 80s I am happier with the more basic cleaning.
Before I go and put a hammer to the piggy bank to enable me to spend my savings on a Pro-Ject cleaning machine I wondered about getting something like the GrooveWasher Mondo Vinyl Cleaning Kit or at a much lower price the Big Fudge equivalent, both seem to work on the same principle.
Has anyone tried these manual vinyl cleaning products and if so how did you get on with them?
Thanks for your thoughts, I am just trying to avoid flexing the plastic, I had seen the reviews on YT and both products got good feedback but it looks as though a cleaning machine is the best way forward. I have a big pile of MoFi anti stat liners which I use religiously, as good as the Knosti is it does require the vinyl to air dry which means the wet vinyl is susceptible to getting dust on whilst drying somewhat negating the benefit of washing the muck off.I'd say that either of those two you mentioned above would certainaly be a step backwards from using you Knosti. At least in a bath based system the gunk has chance to go out of the gooves and into solution. A felt pad and liquid cleaner is likely to clean the surface of a record but not the gooves where it matters. Having said that, I have not tried either.
The best way I would think is do it properly once and then really look after your records from there on. Clean fingers/gloves if you must. New record anti-stat inners after each clean. Keep stylus clean. Keep records vertically in a ventilated place/no damp walls etc. Most of the damage to mine seems more surface mould from bad storage on my part.
Thanks for your thoughts, I am just trying to avoid flexing the plastic, I had seen the reviews on YT and both products got good feedback but it looks as though a cleaning machine is the best way forward. I have a big pile of MoFi anti stat liners which I use religiously, as good as the Knosti is it does require the vinyl to air dry which means the wet vinyl is susceptible to getting dust on whilst drying somewhat negating the benefit of washing the muck off.
Appreciate your input.
PS- the most annoying thing about the Knosti is trying to cleanly pour the solution from the cleaner into the funnel without most of it going over the table!
......., I think that it will help budge some of the ingrained muck from my aged vinyl that wasn't treated kindly in my youth.