I'm posting this because I had a revelation this weekend that must be shared and I also want to help out anyone who is as compulsive as me when it comes to researching a product. So I've been contemplating the purchase of an RCM. I have a Spin Clean and thought it did an OK job but after this weekend I realize just how mistaken I was about that assumption. I looked hard at the VPI unit but it was just a bit more than I really wanted to spend so I researched other brands to try and find a reason why they were not as good for a significant savings. At the end of my long journey I decided to purchase an Okki Nokki for 499.99 It had a full platter, forward and reverse speeds and plenty of solid reviews. Getting that reverse speed was something the other brands charged a premium for. My unit arrived last week and this weekend I put it through some solid tests. I have a few nice copies of Steely Dan's Greatest Hits. The mastering is a work of art on this album but even my best copy is plagued with snap, crackle pops in all the silent areas and there's a bit in most of the songs as well despite being cleaned in the Spin Clean. Nothing that takes away from the album as a whole but it is there nonetheless. After a solid cleaning in the Okki Nokki the entire album is now silent -dead silent. It was my first run through with the Okki and I have to say I was a bit overjoyed at the difference but braced for a let down with further cleanings. I'll sum up in that I cleaned 15 of my worst albums that were obtained from flea markets and garage sales. More than 10 are now like new. The other 5 went from hard to justify playing (think good condition where it plays through but there is way too much surface noise) to now they are more than acceptable (VG+) although not quite perfect. Chicago XI was the star of the afternoon, it even surpassed Steely Dan's GH because not only did it became eerily silent but that old expression "had a veil lifted off it" was never more true. I am hearing things in this album that bring it alive on a whole new level. The album is just clearer and the instruments sound a bit more lifelike in their presentation. Suffice to say I am more than happy with my purchase. At 499.99 the Okki Nokki does everything I asked of it and actually supassed my expectations. It also comes with features found on more expensive units. Lastly I think a key part of having success when using the RCM is a rinse with clean distilled or lab grade water after the initial cleaning. Yep, I know its long. But this was a real eye opener for me and I want to help convince anyone else on the fence wondering if an RCM is truly worth it. I heard people say it has done wonders for the sound quality of their vinyl and I now believe that as I experienced it first hand. An RCM may in fact do more for you than a cartridge, table or speaker upgrade. It was that defining. And you don't need to spend a ton of money on a unit either.