Loricraft Record Cleaner
Finally sold our demo PR3 and now can order our PR4 or PRC-4 Deluxe [I like the idea of cleaning records in both directions. Then again, I am the one too lazy to do the Walker Prelude 4-step process :-)].
Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo handy. I mean, I have taken a million photos over the years – but finding one when I need it. Ha!
Our PR3 was [is] really quiet and it is kind of shocking that so many people clean records with record cleaners that damage their ability to hear music – at least in the short term.
Kind of like vacuum cleaning the house with your ear down there by the floor and the screaming motor.
It is not like any of us like to vacuum, especially [tho some people do it for relaxation]. We even sold our Royal vacuum cleaner – a great cleaner, but it was too darn noisy.
So why would someone want to clean their records with one hooked up to a wet hair brush? Maybe because they do not know about the Loricraft?
OK, here is a stock photo:
It cleans records by applying a very, very strong vacuum at just one tiny area – much more effective than the wide area approaches – using a continuously spooling, always new, piece of thread to aim the suction and suck up that awful crud from way down deep inside the groove as it vacuums up whatever fluids you are cleaning/soaking/scrubbing the record with.
That is a long sentence huh?
But that is what it does. The fluid ends up in the mason jar on the right that one empties every so often. Not very often for us, but Kevin is the one who cleans records like a maniac 🙂 We, we try and clean them before we use them – and sometimes right after we buy them and are all excited about them – but we are too undisciplined to carry out a well-formed pan of attack on the Sate of the Dirty Record Collection in a kind of preemptive strike like Kevin does.
Cleaned records not only do not have crackles and pops – they actually sound better in terms of micro-dynamics, soundstage, dynamics, harmonic detail… in many ways that have surprised us. The shootout with the Walker Prelude was conclusive – you can do a quick little cleaning, or you can suffer wondering whether you are hearing more dirt than vinyl – then a few pops and crackles and then you know for sure [ah, the life of an audiophile :-)].
Anyway, we’ll have more to say and photos when we agree on what we are getting [*sigh*] and get it here.