At the Recorded Sound Archives at FAU Libraries in Boca Raton we clean our
78rpm records in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner tank. We use 1 gallon of
distilled water and a couple drops of Jet Dry. The records are rotated on a
1/4 inch doweling which is rotated slowly by a clock motor.
We let the ultrasonic generator run for 6 minutes and then we dry the
records with a fan propelling warm air.
Nothing touches the surface of the record(s) except the distilled water. We
have been very pleased with the results.
I hope this helps.
James Benjamin Roth
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Keith Monks cleaning fluids
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
-- 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
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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