DIY ultrasonic record cleaner anyone ?

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  • #5152

    Jim Bird
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    There are a number of  DIY cavitation ( ultrasonic) record cleaning systems out there for $ 400-600, that utilize relatively cheap chinese ultrasonic cleaning machines made for jewely , dental instruments, etc… + a motor and spindle to rotate ones records. Anyone interested in going in on something like this?

    Jim

  • #5191

    Charles Lin
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    hi Jim,

    I’ve recently investigated ultra-sound cleaning of LPs.  After reading lots of forum discussions, I was leaning on buying a 80 kHz ultrasound cleaner and a 3-LPs spinner.   But with this combination, I still need to deal with drying issue.    Based on my research, a liquid/vacuum cleaner such as the VPI ($1500 I think) would work well with above ultrasound-spinner combo.  The vacuum unit is mainly to let you apply one final spray of distilled water on the ultrasound-cleaned records, and suck up liquid and dry the records, in case that you may use more than just distilled water in the ultrasound cleaning tank.

    http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/10l-ultrasonic-tank-vinyl-stack-ultra-sonic-spin-kit-diy-ultrasonic-record-cleaner-for-450.425468/

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ultrasonic-Vinyl-Record-Cleaner-Vinyl-Stack-ULTRA-Sonic-Spin-Kit-/161402849405

    https://www.tindie.com/products/VibratoLLC/vibrato-80khz-ultrasonic-cleaner-/

    My friend who lives near me has the VPI cleaner, so I thought that I could buy the ultrasound + spinner combo, and borrow his VPI to complete the cleaning set.

    Charles

     

  • #5245

    Jim Bird
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    I have a VPI 16.5 cleaner as well. If you get the ultrasonic I’d be happy to bring my VPI over.

    Jim

  • #5276
    jazzfan
    jazzfan
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    Hi Guys,

    I love the idea of a DIY ultrasonic record cleaner, but what would make this even better is if this were a SFAS sponsored DIY project (SFAS leadership, are you listening?).

    A simple to use, but robust design with a separate dryer to speed the process would be ideal. Once completed, the cleaner/dryer unit could be loaned out SFAS members as an added member benefit.

    Sounds like a win-win for everyone, if you ask me.

    • This reply was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by jazzfan jazzfan.

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