Loricraft produce a machine that works via the same principles although it's
more "manual" than the Monks and doesn't include the push-button chemical
delivery that the Monks does. Of course, it's also 1/4th the price. I've had
one for about 3 years and it's working fine although I doubt I tax it
heavily (probably cleaned 2-3,000 records on it). I also have a VPI 16.5.
The VPI gets great results at the price but the Loricraft and Monks cleaning
method simply gets more junk out of the groove. 


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Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 11:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] De-static question

"Richard L. Hess" wrote:

> At 11:34 PM 2/11/2006, Peter Hirsch wrote:
> >I'm sure this is all Basic 101 audio and I should be ashamed of
> >myself for not just going out and empirically solving this question
> >by plunking down my $75 for a Zerostat, but isn't plundering other's
> >knowledge and experiences what listservs are for?
> I don't do discs professionally. I do tapes. But, I enjoy discs and
> I've had a Zerostat for 30 years and it still works. However, if I
> want the best transfer I can get, I tend to play records wet. I know
> that's not the best thing, but I haven't invested in a big cleaner
> and I like the sound of a wet record, usually.


May I throw in a small testimonial for a big cleaner? As soon as the Monks
family is building the machines again (and they will be), invest in one of
their machines. You will not regret it. Cleaning any disc on the Monks takes
about 3 minutes and makes an unbelievable difference. This is even more
necessary now that styli need a lighter tracking force (the old Shure SS78E
could take a ton of weight and two plays would clean a ton of gunk out of
grooves..I used to use a Dominican Republic half dollar as a weight on the
shell for the worst cases). Mine cost more than my first two cars, back in
1999, and it's still performing beautifully. (The cars were purchased in
and 1971, just to put things in perspective.)