REVIEW: Record Doctor V Record Cleaning Machine from Audio Advisor

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

  1. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago metro, USA
    Just got one about two weeks ago and it works really well. Cleaned about 7 records the first batch and it seemed to get warm and tired. No big deal.
    I got to see it in action with a new clear vinyl LP- donald fagen sunken condos, and you can see through the vinyl as the vacuum sucks the fluid off the surface- quite evenly- it was cool to see this.
    The brush that came with it is really stiff and can scratch the vinyl! I tried it on an old scrap record and it scores the vinyl easily and deeply!
    I now use the Mofi brush. The Mofi brush is the real deal- it seems to pull a vacuum / some suction on the surface as you are cleaning. Definitely the right brush for the job.
    I use the original brush to gently clean the Mofi brush and the Record Doctor strips.
    It became much easier to brush the fluid when i put the vacuum strips side to my right hand and control the rotation with the left hand. just rotate the record and keep the brushing action over the supporting strips.
    I clean all new records before play. It has really quieted some old albums that I thought were perfectly clean. Like the portable size as well. Good purchase and highly recommended.
     
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  2. Beachtraveler

    Beachtraveler New Member

    Location:
    Salem, OR
    I love mine too. Have a clear Deep Purple Machibe Head that allowed me to see the suction in action and yes, it was pretty cool. The time it takes me to thouroughly clean and rinse 5-6 records makes it a perfect stopping point for me (so machine doesn't get overheated). I can't imagine doing more than 10 in a sitting!
     
  3. dougotte

    dougotte Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Washington, DC
    I wish I had thought of that. I tossed the original brush, and use an old toothbrush for cleaning the Mofi and strips.
     
  4. Beachtraveler

    Beachtraveler New Member

    Location:
    Salem, OR
    The brush that came with it has two sides- one bristles (harsh, I agree) and the other velvet. Though small, I did use it successfully to clean some lps with Tergitol. I've decided to repurpose (after a good rinsing) my Vinyl Styl velvet brush to use since its larger and can cover more surface.
     
  5. action pact

    action pact ^^ Sandy Warner, "The Exotica Girl" Thread Starter

    The side with the bristles is not for cleaning the record, it's for cleaning the lips. There's a cap on the other side which will reveal a soft pad for applying the fluid to the record.

    But the MOFI brush is still the better choice!
     
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  6. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

    Location:
    Vallejo, CA
    I'd actually suggest everybody using an RCM built on the Nitty Gritty platform (the "suck-from-the-bottom" method) to start by cleaning clear vinyl. Being able to see the liquid as its removed gives you a good baseline for how many revolutions it takes to remove how much fluid you're putting on. Before I kind of happened across a clear record, I was over-doing it. Which on the turn-it-yourself KAB EV-1 I was using at the time meant less sore wrists during long cleaning sessions, but likely reduces potential for static build up on the Record Doc.
     
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  7. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chicago metro, USA
    yeah i just checked and there is another cap on the bush, i did not notice it or in the manual. the manual said to use a toothbrush to clean the strips so i did not figure there was another side to the brush. i wish i would have known that!
     
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