During the 1980s, I had a simplistic version of one of these RCA Record Cleaning kits for my extensive collection of LPs.
Fast forward to 2012! Does anyone know what an LP is anymore? Well, my sons are "into" LPs and they have actually taken over my humble collection of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Moody Blues, and Jethro Tull to name a few, and added to my albums by collecting their own favorites. Yes, they have a new vintage turntable too.
To keep your LPs clean and in tip-top condition, you have got to keep them clean. With dust, you can get distorted sound, which can eventually damage the record or the needle. LPs can collect dust and microscopic debris that can get into the grooves and make records skip, not play right or even ....gasp...scratch them.
With this RCA Discwashing D4 + Record Cleaning Kit that my son bought (for just under $20, mind you) you can keep your albums in pristine condition very easily. This kit is super easy to use.
What you get:
With the RCA Record Cleaning Kit you get a soft mini-brush, some cleaning fluid and a velour/corduroy-covered brush pad with wood handle. To use this set, just dust your LP, but first check to make sure to look at the arrow on the side of the soft-covered pad. The arrow on the wooden handle ensures that you go with the grain of the fabric. Use the velour/corduroy-covered brush pad first, making sure to do this in a circular motion going with the record grooves. Don't ever sweep the pad across the grooves. You would be defeating the purpose if you did this, even risking scratching your LP. When you do this correctly, you can even feel the grooves of the velour/corduroy pad cleaning the grooves of the record. Also included is a small soft mini brush which is for additional detailed, deeper cleaning.
I have found that the best way to do this is to put a few (3-6) drops of the liquid (which is an isopropyl D4+ solution) onto the velour/corduroy brush pad and rub the drops into the pad with your fingertip. As your LP sets on the turntable, you clean it while using your finger to turn the record manually. Using your other hand, you then place the brush onto the surface of the record. Use strokes in a concise manner to clean your entire LP with the damp velour/corduroy brush pad.
The purpose is to remove the dust particles on the surface of the record. The solution is not meant to get way down into the grooves, as I believe this would eventually get gunky. The purpose is to collect the dust that is attracted to the liquid solution and is picked up with the velour-corderoy fabric cloth with the isopropyl solution on it.
Always store your LPs in their sleeve and cover to protect them. Never store them in a hot or sunny place. LPs may be old-fashioned, but LPs still provide great sound for those collectors and aficionados who prefer them to more modern methods of listening to music. The RCA Discwasher Record Cleaning Kit will help protect your investment.
A pouch is also included for easy storage of the cleaning kit.
Audiovox Accessories Corporation
111 Congressional Blvd. Suite 350
Carmel, IN 46032
You can buy an RCA Discwasher D4 + Record Cleaning Kit on Amazon or at a brick and mortar store that still sells LPs.
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