I would echo these sentiments regarding the VPI. I have the 16.5 and
have cleaned well over 2,000 lps w/o problems.
I use a three step system (Audio Intelligence fluids) and have a
brush and a vacuum tube for each solution......it taks a little
longer, but my records are playable as new with the exception of pre-
White Stone, VA
On Jan 23, 2009, at 6:26 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Let me put in a good word for the VPI 17 machine. I've used mine to
> clean well over 1000 records so far. It's on its third brush and
> vacuum arm. This is rugged, simple to use and costs much less than
> a Monks machine, although it's not build quite as bulletproof. I
> would say any but the largest collection would be OK with a VPI.
> The most important tip with any automated record cleaner is to keep
> anything that touches the record surface clean. I brush lint off
> the vacuum arm after each use, and wipe the cleaning brush when I'm
> done with a few sides.
> My VPI has never damaged a record and it has radically improved the
> playability and enjoyment of some dusty relics.