Project RCM VCS
VC-S is a radical new development. There are features which are new for record cleaning machines in this price range: (which by the way is around $500)
• It is super powerful and cleans a record in 1 max 2 rotations (best is 1 turn forward, 1 turn backward)
• It turns the record superfast within 2 seconds per rotation, which is about 3 times faster than usual cleaning machines do. The result is a much faster cleaning of records as well as much cleaner and 100% dry records with NO residual humidity!
• A new type of clamp seals the record label from cleaning fluid and avoids damage on the label!!
• Robust metal arm, which is easy to use, mechanically stable fixing! (no springs)
• Big container (2.5 l) for used fluid, that shows fill-up capacity and guarantees no spillage of used cleaning fluid. Discharging of used fluid is extremely easy to do.
• Newly developed vinyl cleaning concentrate Wash it offers very good cleaning results and reduces static charge, so record wear as well as stylus wear is significantly reduced.
Country of Origin Europe
Rated motor power 800 W
Measured motor power 800 W
Separator tank volume 1000 records
Air flow through machine 45 litres / second approx
Water sealed clamp
Watermark for separator tank
Accessory – Brush
Accessory – Cleaning Fluid 100
Vacuum Arm Aluminum
Optional dust cover
From Analog Planet:https://www.analogplanet.com/content/pro-jects-most-excellent-499-vc-s-wet-vacuum-record-cleaning-machine
If you want a two-direction RCM for a lot less than the VPI Cyclone or SOTA LP, this is your solution.
Music Hall WCS-2
heavy aluminum chassis
automatic rotation during scrub
and vacuum cycles
record cleaning brush
rubber seal record clamp
stable platter supports record
easy to clean
removable power cable
Similar to the VPI machines, replacement accessories available
vacuum wand with felt pads and spring
However, it is not fully serviceable like the VPI machines where vacuum motors and such are concerned for around the same price.
Sota LP RCM
Similar to the VPI 16.5, but at significantly higher cost.
Its single switch operation and automatic features make the SOTA Record Cleaner easier to use vs. the VPI and Nitty-Gritty cleaners according to the manufacture. I disagree. In my opinion, separate switches are easier. SOTA’s LP Cleaner cleans better and holds more waste fluid for hours of record cleaning without stopping. For excessive high volumes of cleaning, the LPC has been designed, and is available with an exhaust fan (for extra money), which allows air flow and cooling for non-stop cleaning pleasure.
The LPC is housed in a sturdy, hand crafted, scratch resistant, attractive black laminate cabinet with a watertight interior. The hand polished black acrylic cover is removable for easy storage. The SOTA record cleaning machines incorporate a precision waterproof polymer platter with a soft PVC record mat, providing long-life as well as a flat and safe record-mounting surface. The LPC Crystal Fluid dispensing system provides full record application with spill-free semi-automatic fluid application allowing easy one-hand operation.
The Vari-Port™ design, or vacuum pick-up tube sleeve, achieves linear vacuum pressure across the record’s surface. A hardwood soft-bristle brush in included for manual record scrubbing. A large 32 oz. capacity waste fluid tank incorporates an exterior level indicator for simple gauging of when to empty the tank. Easy and complete fluid draining is then accomplished with a small external hose and clamp. When not in use, the LPC’s detachable A/C cord allows for easy storage. A convenient storage area is provided for the brush and A/C cord.
TECHNICAL DATA & SPECIFICATIONS
High torque A/C motor, 18 RPM (110v units), 16 RPM (230v units)
Wet/dry bypass, linear-vacuum across vacuum surface
User replaceable vari-port fluid pick-up tube
SOTA crystal alcohol based vinyl lp record cleaning solution (8 oz bottle included)
8-1/2″ H, 19″ W, 14-1/2 D
Then there are the USRCMs (Ultrasonic Record Cleaning Machines) These are a different breed and frankly, I am not completely sold on them. I did an extensive study of these machines and am not 100% convinced they are “the best cleaning method” there is. I’m not saying they are inherently bad, certainly not, but one should consider all the factors before relying on one these machines full-time. It would be too much here (and too technical) to go into the aspects and worries of transducers strength, micron filtration, particle bombardment, etc. USRCMs to not incorporate vacuums, but some have a fan dry method. With my personal reservations on them I would say these type of RCM is best used on those extremely dirty thrift store records after initial rinse and then followed by a cleaning with proper fluids the traditional way.
Usually, these type of machines are very expensive anyway. (There is one that is somewhat a DIY situation that is not much more than a traditional RCM in the designs previously shown.
So just for scope to show what is available: (Continued on page 7)