The HW-16.5 is the standard in record cleaning machines but neither its build quality nor its cleaning power has been compromised. Its high-torque, 18 RPM turntable motor is more than capable of withstanding the pressure of heavy agitation during extended cleaning sessions. The newly designed vacuum pickup tube automatically adjusts to accommodate records of any thickness. The internal fluid collection system is made of stainless steel to prevent corrosion, and the fully enclosed design prevents splashing. In the VPI tradition, all components are extra heavy-duty and professional grade.
35 second cleaning cycle (wash/dry) per side (*editor’s note: This is assuming a one step, no rinse fluid maintenance clean on a previously cleaned record).
18 rpm high torque turntable motor
Powerful suction (vacuum) ensures quick deep cleaning
Removes old residue, prevents new build-up
Fail safe design
All components extra heavy-duty professional grade
Safety coated record contacts, easily user replaceable
Leaves a pristine, dry, static-free record
Built-in stainless steel water collection system
New vacuum tube assembly with auto adjustment
Removes solution from record’s surface all at once
Built in dust cover
8 oz bottle of VPI cleaning fluid
Yes, this is the machine I use. I have had mine for just over 3 years and have cleaned over 500 records with it and it is still going. I have not replaced anything on it except the drain hose once after it got quite nasty inside and it was very easy. The other aspect to the VPI machine is that if a part goes down on you, such as the vacuum motor, turntable motor, drain hose, etc., you can just replace the part. Yes, at $700 it does require some consideration as to your particular situation. (I would not get one of these if you only have 100 records or something). I got mine a bit sooner than I anticipated. I was telling myself that when I reach 400 records I would get one, however a repetitive motion injury from my manual DIY set up stuck a fork in that idea and I wound up getting one at about 240 records in. If you are putting this unit on your short list, I highly recommend getting it as part of a nice package deal for the same money. There are some dealers that offer good package deals for no extra dough.
Here is a little video on it: (No it is not me)
VPI MW-1 Cyclone
The MW-1 Cyclone was to pay tribute to the HW-16.5, which started VPI, and honor the passing of the torch from Harry to Mat Weisfeld.
The MW-1 Cyclone is the first record cleaning machine that vacuums dirt off the record clockwise and counter-clockwise to really clean out the grooves. This motor is a high torque 18 RPM forward and reverse turntable motor. The MW-1 is housed in an aluminum water proof case with a welded stainless steel water tank which drains out the back. The bidirectional turntable motor allows for you to scrub and vacuum in both directions for the ultimate in deep cleaning. Professional quality toggle switches with 100 thousand cycle life.
The turntable motor is designed to last decades and is inspired by the original HW 16 which is still working 30 years later. All components of heavy-duty industry quality and includes a 2 inch Delrin record clamp. In addition, the MW-1 Cyclone is quieter than the HW-16.5 and more durable with its aluminum casing.
This guy well set you back around $1300.
Here’s a little YouTube video on this one: https://youtu.be/mt885mZBdRk (Continued on page 5)