The more I think of it, the more I believe that a website with videos/audios is a great way to showcase an Oral History Project. If anyone is interested in writing a Grant in this area I can do the website etc. We need to get these records into the hands of the masses. And, the less you handle your original mediums, the longer they will last.

Let me know.


-----Original Message-----
From: Larry S Miller <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:52 pm
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cleaning of grooved discs

Dear Margarida,
    I have used Keith Monks, Nitty Gritty, and VPI record cleaning
achines going back to the ‘70s in the case of the KMAL.  All are good
or varying reasons.
   For lacquers, I prefer the Keith Monks because of its controlled
rea of suction.  However, I find it too slow for vinyl or shellac
iscs.  Then there is the thread feed.  Perhaps that has been improved
n recent years, but I cannot think of the Keith Monks without lamenting
ll the problems I’ve had with its thread feed.
   I have an old Nitty Gritty 3.5 which is still going after all
hese years.  Since I actually enjoy scrubbing my LPs myself, it
atisfies my needs.  However, in an institutional setting, it’s not
he machine I would choose to clean 10,000 discs.
   For archives, I prefer the VPI HW-17F.  (I’m awaiting one of
heir new HW-27 Typhoons, so I can’t yet comment=2
0on it.)  The HW-17F
s a rugged, reliable, and fast machine.  However, its suction is so
trong, I hesitate to use it on lacquers.
   Unfortunately, I do not have a single recommendation that
ncompasses all your needs.  I cannot comment upon Clearaudio,
cousTech, Loricraft, Hanni, or any other brand of record cleaning
achine because I haven’t used them.
   My personal favorite record cleaning fluid for vinyl is Nitty
ritty Pure 2.  Since I’m not a 78 collector, I won’t comment on
luids for shellac discs.
    The above are my personal opinions and do not reflect the views
f any company or institution at which I’ve worked, past or present.
Larry Miller

>> Margarida Ullate Estanyol <[log in to unmask]> 1/22/2009 7:31 AM >>>
ear Listmembers,
The Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona (Spain) has been using Nitty
ritty cleaning fluids Pure1 (78 rpm) and Pure2 (vinyls) and machines
or many years, with pretty good results. In addition to our
ur Preservation team is trying to gather all recommendations
he process of cleaning, and we'd very much appreciate yours. 
We are not quite satisfied with Nitty Gritty services in Spain, so we
topped buying them. Our cleaning machine is now Clearaudio SMART
ATRIX, but we still used Nitty Gritty fluids, applied manually on the
iscs surface. 
We gathered many information from specialised bibliography. Nitty
n the USA kindky sent to us the components of both fluids Pure 1 and
ut we would like to ask A
RSC members about their experience in
ld 78's, acetates, lacquer discs and vinyls. 
In orther not to bother the list with this, you could send the answers
o the e-mail stated below.
Many thanks in advance,
Margarida Ullate i Estanyol
Biblioteca de Catalunya
Hospital, 56
08001 Barcelona
+34 93270 2300 (2166)
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