You will get much and varied, and often contradictory advice on this subject. The only iron-clad
thing is, don't use any fluids containing alcohols on shellac 78's.
I have a VPI machine and have always been happy with the results obtained from their fluid
concentrate and a gallon of pure water (you can use distilled or Pepsi's Aquafina, which is
reverse-osmosis water without any minerals added back -- don't use other RO waters as most or all
have minerals added back). You can spend much more money on much more elaborate fluids carrying
elaborate claims (some more scientific than others). You can also wash records in a sink and get
good results, especially with 78's. Again, some will scream and cringe at this practice. There are
also numerous home-brew recipes on the internets, again some hazardous and some proven to work.
If Keith Monks makes fluid for your specific machine, then it's bound to work well.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Grant, Tyra" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 10:25 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Keith Monks cleaning fluids
We're refurbishing an inherited Keith Monks record cleaner---have never used one before now.
We'd like to use it for LPs and 78s---vinyls and shellacs---does this make sense?
We're unsure what cleaning liquids to use---do we use Keith Monks or other?
Would appreciate any guidance or words of advice in general.
Digital and Electronic Media Preservation Officer
University of Kansas Libraries
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