REVIEW: Record Doctor V Record Cleaning Machine from Audio Advisor

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by action pact, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    Well, having cleaned the first few records last night with my brand new Record Doctor V, I'm happy to report that it works as advertised! LPs come off the vacuum with a nice glossy surface and play with none of the "first-play crackle" that seems to be a part of the Spin-Clean experience.

    I'm still fine-tuning my user technique, but turning the disc slowwwly over the vacuum definitely brings the best results. I have no significant issues with how easily discs spin, and I have no need to buy the upgraded KAB platter.

    I have yet to try it with REALLY dirty records, which is one area in which the Spin-Clean excels. If it can match the Spin-Clean's performance on thrift store records - and if I can get it to work with 45s (which I believe it will, but haven't yet tried) - then my Spin-Clean will likely end up in the Classifieds.

    In short, assuming that it's built to last, I declare Audio Advisor's Record Doctor V a very worthwhile purchase for $199. I do not see any real advantages over the more expensive RCM's aside from the powered turntable on the VPI and the like, which is not worth the extra $$ for my needs.

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  2. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    I have had one for ten years or so. It is still going strong. Replace the nitty gritty soft bits regularly. I really appreciate being able to control the rotation speed. I do have some issues with the bearing on which the disc floats. It seems to get jammed up with that rubber o-Ring.
     
  3. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    That sounds vaguely obscene, LOL.

    I haven't compared the different versions, but I suspect that the bearing problems were addressed in this latest version.
     
  4. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    I might have to call and check that out.
     
  5. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    A possible solution for you is the KAB Gliding Platter ($15, www.kabusa.com): "Original roller bearing assisted replacement platter. Makes hand turning very easy. For all manual rotation cleaners."
     
  6. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    Sold. I need supplies anyway.
     
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  7. JakeLA

    JakeLA Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Venice, CA
    I bought one of those KAB things, it didn't make a bit of difference on my machine
     
  8. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    They don’t show a picture. How is it designed?
     
  9. naru1980

    naru1980 Active Member

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    I bought this a month or two ago, and I'm loving it. Haven't used my Spin-Clean since. I like to use the Audio Intelligent Formula 15 cleaner on the first pass, then the Formula 6 on a second pass. This seems to do the trick for really dirty vinyl. Also the brush that came with the RDV is virtually useless, so I use a few Mofi brushes.

    Yeah, I like how you can control the speed (I also go very slow on dirty vinyl), but also how you can apply fluid to one side as the other side is being vacuumed. It's a nice time saver.

    How do you change the "nitty gritty soft bits" and where would one purchase them? Also, I didn't see a link to the KAB platter on that website.
     
  10. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    KAB site is, well, the KAB site. Any place that sells Nitty Gritty usually has the adhesive soft patch that sits around the suction slot. You don’t want sand or grit getting in that, so peeling it off and replacing is an easy was to keep that from damaging the records.

    http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NGVSKFI&gclid=CImU-eyhxbYCFUOe4Aodf3EAMA
     
  11. naru1980

    naru1980 Active Member

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Nice, thanks.

    Before each cleaning, I take a toothbrush to the soft patch and scrub it a bit with the vacuum on to get any dirt out of it. I do the same to my Mofi brushes. Now, what do I use to clean the toothbrush? ;)
     
  12. Jim in Houston

    Jim in Houston Forum Resident

    Location:
    Houston, TX, USA
    It's like a lazy Susan bearing.

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    (Not my pic)
     
  13. blakep

    blakep Well-Known Member


    Just to clarify, the parts linked to above are for Nitty Gritty machines featuring the fluid pump. For the more basic Nitty Gritty models, the Record Doctor and the KAB EV1, the velvet strip kit/strips are slightly different.

    Not sure about the Audio Advisor site but if you go to the KAB site and go to the record cleaner page and scroll down to Record Cleaner Parts and Accessories the two different vac sweep kits are listed for sale there.
     
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  14. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    Much larger than the original.

    CAUTION: It is easy to bump the underside of the record on the corners of this cleaner if the record goes off balance. I have put felt dots on the corners as a modification, and I would highly recommend everyone do this.
     
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  15. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    That's quite similar to the bearings on the RD-V.
     
  16. naru1980

    naru1980 Active Member

    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    Someone in the comments for the RDV review on Analog Planet suggested getting this small upgrade direct from KAB: KAB GLIDING PLATTER +
    Scroll down until you see it: http://www.kabusa.com/frameset.htm?/rcleaner.htm

    Replaces the bottom platter and apparently keeps it level, killing the wobble which is the only downside to this unit. I'm going to order one.
     

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