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Audio Desk Original vs Pro

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by cschaub, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. cschaub

    cschaub Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York, NY
    I have an opportunity to by a used Audio Desk cavitation cleaner 2015 model, not pro model. It has been totally checked and refurbished, a very good price. Should I avoid because the pro is now the dominant model? It's a 2015, were the kinks worked out by 2015?
     
  2. Mike from NYC

    Mike from NYC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Surprise, AZ
    Refurbished? What does that mean? Did they take apart everything including opening the bottom to reveal the water pump and motor which I highly, highly, highly doubt they did after taking mine apart to try fix a burnt out motor.

    Just know this - if it breaks you'll land up with an expensive paperweight as the cost to repair it is more than the unit is worth. $2K+ to repair the motor and that doesn't include shipping the unit back to Germany.

    FWIW I wouldn't buy one and I'd buy something cheaper and easier to repair. Try a Kirmuss or a Isonic
     
  3. JMT

    JMT Forum Resident

    Location:
    Rocklin, CA
    I’ve had both, the Pro is definitely a better machine.
     
  4. Dave Calarco

    Dave Calarco Forum Resident

    Does anyone ever get some fine white foam produced by the Audio Desk?

    I've had mine for 5+ years now, and after refilling the tank today, the machine produced a fine white foam during the first cleaning cycle that I have not seen before.

    I am afraid that maybe the system got contaminated somehow? I really hope not.

    I promptly drained the machine and flushed it with distilled water.
     
  5. cschaub

    cschaub Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York, NY
    I get that from time to time. The manual says it's normal. Some have said it's because of previous solvents / cleaners somebody used on a record. I usually wash them twice.

     
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  6. Dave Calarco

    Dave Calarco Forum Resident

    After talking with the distributor, he believes (based on a few similar reports of foaming) that there was a defective batch of solution released from Germany. So I drained the machine, took out the barrels and filter, and have run several distilled water-only cycles to fully flush and rinse the machine. Unfortunately, the one record I cleaned with the possibly faulty solution was a super rare, $300 vintage jazz LP that I've been looking for for over a year. I have run a water only cycle with no parts in the machine to rinse the record. I will be waiting for the shipment of new fluid before using the machine again. A bit of a hassle but I'm not messing around with it,
     
  7. cschaub

    cschaub Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York, NY
    Wow. I did notice the is right after using a new bottle! How do I swap the three bottles I just bought for some that don't foam?

     
  8. Dave Calarco

    Dave Calarco Forum Resident

    I would contact the source you purchased from. Any chance you ordered from The Cable Company?
     
  9. cschaub

    cschaub Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York, NY
    Yes, it was the cable company via Amazon, fatwyre.
     
  10. Dave Calarco

    Dave Calarco Forum Resident

    For years, I have been in touch with Robert who I feel is tangentially associated with them—though I believe he works for the Audio Desk distributor. The Cable Company is where all my orders process through. I would imagine they know of the issue if you ask them.
     
  11. cschaub

    cschaub Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York, NY
    Yep, I talked to him today. He confirmed there was a bad batch and he's going to send me replacements. Solid guy and good service!
     
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