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Reasons To Buy Spin Clean Record Washer System

Anyone who has used the conventional brush type record cleaner knows how awkward they are to use and that they have limited ability. The Spin-Clean® record washing system enables you to clean both sides of your record at once without using your valuable turntable as the cleaning device. With the Spin-Clean® record washing system, you’ll add years to all of your equipment including turntables, stylus (needle) and of course your record collection.

  • SPIN-CLEAN is the only record washing system on the market that is a “bath type” complete record cleaning system.
  • SPIN-CLEAN is the ultimate in record care, easy to use. Just spin the record two or three times in the SPIN CLEAN record washing system, remove and wipe dry with the special lint-free cloth. Presto, it’s clean.
  • SPIN-CLEAN removes the static from your record as it is cleaned.
  • SPIN-CLEAN removes fingerprints, grease, smoke, film and dirt from any size record: 45s, LPs & 78s.
  • SPIN-CLEAN is the only record washing system that has a special washer fluid that encapsulates the dirt and keeps the dirt suspended in the system instead of re-depositing it back onto the record.
  • SPIN-CLEAN record washing system comes with enough washer fluid to clean over 700 records (SPIN CLEAN comes with enough washer fluid to fill the system 14 times. Each filling will clean up to 50 records just add 3 capfuls to water and go.)
  • SPIN-CLEAN is the most economical way to clean any record, less than a penny a record.
  • SPIN-CLEAN contains no alkalines, soap solutions or phosphates and is biodegradable.
  • SPIN-CLEAN is safe to use, easy on your hands, and it works with hard or soft water and warm or cold water.
  • SPIN-CLEAN does not leave any solutions on your record to evaporate and leave behind dirt deposits (you remove all the fluid when you dry the record).
  • SPIN-CLEAN extends the life of your records by removing dirt, thus reducing needle wear and keeping your records “like new” improving their sound.
  • SPIN-CLEAN was tested by a private laboratory and the results were remarkable. After SPIN CLEAN had been used output sensitivity was substantially increased and channel separation was improved. Also, amplified record noise was reduced. (An STR 100 test record was used. Test report furnished on request).
  • SPIN-CLEAN has dual velvet brushes that gently and effectively remove dirt particles. No other system cleans both sides of the record at the same time.
  • SPIN-CLEAN uses no electric or other costly power source. For a few minutes of your time and very little money, SPIN CLEAN will work for you. It’s a sound investment to protect your investment in sound. No record collector can afford not to have the SPIN CLEAN record washing system. It makes a perfect gift everytime.

For more information contact Spin Clean at www.spincleanrecordwasher.com.

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SPIN-CLEAN® RECORD WASHER SYSTEM MKII Announces “New Spin” on Tried and True Vinyl Record Cleaning System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Mark Mawhinney, Owner
Spin Clean
1-800-931-5850
www.spincleanrecordwasher.com

SPIN-CLEAN® RECORD WASHER SYSTEM MKII Announces “New Spin” on Tried and True Vinyl Record Cleaning System

<Pittsburgh>, <Pennsylvania>, <June 1, 2010> – The SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer System has been in production in the U.S. since 1975 recently receiving rave reviews in: Stereophile Magazine, The Absolute Sound and www.enjoythemusic.com:

  1. “…Meet my new best friend, Spin-Clean…Sublimely easy, there’s nothing to plug in…Does it work? Does it ever.” – Neil Gader, theabsolutesound.com and AVguide.com, January 29, 2010
  2. “…it’s cheap and it really, really works…I cleaned some dirty, fingerprint-encrusted records, and when I removed them from the vat, all dirt and fingerprints were gone…not everyone wants to spend hundreds of bucks on a vacuum machine, and the Spin Clean got the job done.” – Michael Fremer, Stereophile, February 2010
  3. “…To me, the most important part of the system is the Spin-Clean Washer fluid, which has already become my favorite solution for cleaning vinyl…The unit is bright yellow for a reason: it allows one to see the amount of crud that has been removed from the grooves, as the dirt will rest at the bottom of the Spin-Clean unit…The Spin-Clean system works exactly as advertised. There was no denying it…the Spin-Clean Record Washer system is the best $60 one can spend to care for their LPs and enrich their listening environment…an insane value. It gets my heartiest recommendation.” – Nels Ferre, Enjoy the Music.com, January 2010

To read the complete review, visit: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0110/spin_clean_record_cleaner.htm

“. . .If you build it, they will come”. . .

The resurgence of vinyl and re-birth of SPIN-CLEAN®  popularity recently mandated a change in manufacturing and production facilities to a hi-tech injection mold factory just outside of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania over the last few months.   The molds were refinished, the rollers re-designed, and improvements have been made in every aspect of the SPIN-CLEAN® RECORD WASHER MKII.

  1. New improved UV grade resin for a more rigid and fade resistant washer basin.
  2. Re-designed rollers for a smoother and quieter “ride”.
  3. New foam and brush material improving the deep cleaning of the records.
  4. Improved formula of the washer fluid further enhancing the cleaning process.
  5. New graphics improving the general aesthetics of the unit.


The Secret Weapon

SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer System MKII has always had a secret weapon – the special washer fluid.   The formula encapsulates the dirt and forces it to the bottom of the basin, preventing it from being redeposited back on to the record.  Only SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer System MKII uses this proprietary formula.

SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer MKII is available in two configurations:

Standard unit at $79.99 U.S. retail comes complete with:

  • 1 – SPIN-CLEAN® MKII basin and lid
  • 1 – pr.  Rollers
  • 1 – pr.  Brushes
  • 2 – ea.  Re-usable drying cloths
  • 1 – ea. 4 oz. washer fluid (cleans up to 800 records)
  • 1 – ea. Owners Manual

Package Deal at $124.99 U.S. retail comes complete with:

  • 1 – SPIN-CLEAN® MKII basin and lid
  • 1 – pr.  Rollers
  • 2 – pr.  Brushes
  • 7 – ea.  Re-usable drying cloths
  • 1 – ea.  4 oz. washer fluid (cleans up to 800 records)
  • 1 – ea. 32 oz. washer fluid (cleans up to 6400 records)
  • 1 – ea. Owners Manual

Made in Pittsburgh

The SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer has been proudly manufactured and hand-assembled in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for   35 years – “made with pride in the USA”.  Once SPIN-CLEAN® Record Washer System MKII is used, record care will never be the same.  Visit: www.spincleanrecordwasher.com.

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Jerry Raskin’s Needle Doctor Spin Clean Review

Anyone who has used the conventional brush type record cleaner knows how awkward they are to use and that they have limited ability. The SPIN CLEAN record washing system enables you to clean both sides of your record at once without using your valuable turntable as the cleaning device. With the SPIN CLEAN record washing system, you’ll add years to all of your equipment including turntables, stylus (needle) and of course your record collection.

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Beyond Compare in Record Care

Spin Clean is the only record washing system on the market that is a ‘bath type’ complete record cleaning system. It provides the ultimate in record care, and it’s very easy to use. Just spin the record two or three times in the Spin Clean record washing system, remove and wipe dry with the special lint-free cloth. Presto, it’s clean. Dual velvet brushes gently and effectively remove dirt particles, cleaning both sides of the record at one time.

Spin Clean removes fingerprints, grease, smoke, film and dirt from any size record: 45s, LPs, and 78s. And it removes the static from your record as it is cleaned. It leaves no residue on the record to build up and come off on your needle later. That’s because Spin Clean is the only record washing system that has a special washer fluid that encapsulates the dirt and keeps the dirt suspended in the system instead of re-depositing it back onto the record.

“The Spin Clean Record Washing System is a permanent fixture in our library,” says Director of Education William L. Schurk at the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archive for Bowling Green State University. “We use it every day. It is simply the best!”

Safe for Records and Biodegradable, Too

The Spin Clean record washing system includes everything you need to clean over 700 records It comes with enough washer fluid to fill the system 14 times. Each filling will clean up to 50 records. The solution contains no alkalines, soap solutions, or phosphates, and it’s biodegradable, too. It is safe to use, easy on your hands, and it works with hard or soft water and warm or cold water.

Extends the Life of Your Records

Spin Clean extends the life of your records by removing dirt, thus reducing needle wear and keeping your records ‘like new’ for optimum sound. The system was tested by a private laboratory, and the results were remarkable. After Spin Clean had been used output sensitivity was substantially increased and channel separation was improved. Also, amplified record noise was reduced.

Spin Clean is the most economical way to clean any record. It costs less than a penny a record. Spin Clean uses no electric or other costly power source. For a few minutes of your time and very little money, Spin Clean will work for you.

Spin-Clean Record Washer The best sixty bucks a vinyl lover can spend. Review By Nels Ferre

I reviewed the wonderful Nitty Gritty 2.5FI-XP record cleaning machine ($899) in the December 2009 edition of Enjoy the Music.com. I loved it, and would have kept it but both of our cars have required some rather expensive repairs. A couple of weeks ago I happened to see the Spin-Clean Record Washer System featured on the daily industry new portion of Enjoy The Music.com . Saw the price and what the system comprised of: a bright yellow plastic container that the record is placed within that holds the cleaning solution, a pair of hard plastic rollers, and a pair of cleaning pads. The record is placed between the pads and rotated by hand to clean it, then dried by using the included drying cloths. Sixty bucks? Are you kidding? It can’t be true. I did a Google search and found a great thread over at the Audio Karma discussion board. The guys over there seemed totally stoked, so I made arrangements for a review sample.

The Spin-Clean Kit
The Spin-Clean unit has been in production since 1968. Besides its economy, there are a few things that differentiate the Spin-Clean from its competition. First, the unit requires no power as everything is done by hand. Second, because the record is inserted between two tight fitting cleaning pads and submerged in the cleaning solution, both sides of the record are scrubbed simultaneously. To me, the most important part of the system is the Spin-Clean Washer fluid, which has already become my favorite solution for cleaning vinyl. It is a concentrate, designed to be mixed with distilled water in the Spin-Clean unit, and is the least expensive cleaning solution that I am aware of. The fluid appears to be a very mild cleaner to dislodge the dirt from the groves, along with a flocculent, which causes the dislodged dirt to fall to the bottom of the Spin Clean, where it remains so that the next record is not contaminated by the dirt from the previous record. When the record is removed, it is dried by hand with the supplied lint free drying cloths.

A couple of other things to point out: first, the Spin-Clean can clean records of all diameters from 7 inch singles to 12 inch LPs. The unit is bright yellow for a reason: it allows one to see the amount of crud that has been removed from the grooves, as the dirt will rest at the bottom of the Spin-Clean Unit. Spin-Clean states that each batch of cleaning fluid can clean up to 50 records. Because very little of the cleaning solution is used along with the distilled water, the four ounce bottle will clean hundreds of LPs.

The Spin Clean Record Washer In Use
The Spin-Clean system works exactly as advertised. To test its effectiveness, I decided to re clean some records that had been cleaned on the Nitty Gritty 2.5FI-XP. Lo and behold, the first LP yielded, well, stuff that was still embedded in the grooves after a machine cleaning. It was right there in the bottom of the Spin-Clean. There was no denying it. Off to the turntable I went, and before the music started I could hear it. Nothing. The record didn’t have surface noise before a bath in the Spin-Clean, and yet the truth was undeniable- the record was even quieter after using the Spin-Clean.


The Spin-Clean instructions recommend that records be cleaned in batches, so that’s what I did. I went into a cleaning frenzy. I took a few breaks, drank some orange juice, listened to an album side, and went right back to cleaning. Everything I listened to, from a clean garage sale copy of the original soundtrack to The Sound of Music (that I bought for a dollar) to some mint Deutsche Grammophon classical LPs purchased in the mid 80’s sounded superb. All of the records I cleaned with the Spin-Clean, save two garage sale finds, had been previously cleaned either with the Disc Doctor Fluid and brushes and my KAB EV1 or the Nitty Gritty 2.5FIXP. Without exception, the Spin-Clean Record Washer System removed additional dirt from the grooves. While all of the pre cleaned LPs looked and sounded good before a bath in the Spin-Clean, they all looked and sounded even better afterwards. I saw (and heard) no differences between the LPs that had been previously cleaned and the two that had not once they had been bathed in the Spin-Clean: they all seemed equally clean.

Although the Spin Clean instructions state that 3 spins and a dry are all that are required to end up with a clean LP, I have taken to 7 to 8 spins and cleaning the LPs twice. Necessary? Probably not, but I feel better that way. The worst thing that will happen is that I will end up buying more replacement supplies from Spin-Clean. I am sure that Mark Mawhinney (the head honcho at Spin-Clean) won’t mind. Like the system itself, the replacement supplies are very reasonably priced.

I also counted- I am averaging thirteen albums per batch of cleaning fluid. Even though the dirt falls to the bottom of the unit, I get to a point where it bugs me, so I change the fluid and clean out the bottom of the unit with a paper towel. Even at that rate, the fluid is still extremely economical compared to all of the other “audiophile approved” cleaning concoctions.

One last observation: I use an Audio Quest dry brush (you know the one with the silver handle and reportedly a “million” soft bristles) to remove any surface dust just before playing. After using the Spin-Clean, I feel much less friction with the Audio Quest brush. Less friction equals less record and stylus wear. That alone makes the Spin-Clean worth far more than sixty dollars.

Let’s Kick It Up A Notch
Many of you will already own a vacuum machine. As I said before, I own a KAB EV1. ($159) The KAB is a Nitty Gritty unit that gets its vacuum from a home vacuum cleaner. It dawned on me early on that a quicker, more efficient way of removing the cleaning solution from the LP would be to vacuum the LP with the EV1. It is quicker and easier, and records cleaned with the Spin Clean seem cleaner than those cleaned by hand with the supplied drying cloths. Sure, it requires two units this way, and it is noisier due to the vacuum cleaner, but at the end of the day, this is how I plan to clean my records from this point forward. The Spin-Clean cloths are still quite useful for removing the last bit of moisture that the KAB tends to leave behind on the outer edge of the LP. How easy is it? Counting the extra spins on the cleaning step and two cleaning/drying cycles, I can clean an LP in just over three minutes- 3:06 to be exact- and I was not rushing.

Summing Up
As the subtitle states, the Spin-Clean Record Washer system is the best $60 one can spend to care for their LPs and enrich their listening enjoyment. Combine it with the KAB EV1, and one can have the excellent cleaning from the Spin-Clean and the ease of a vacuum system for less than $220. Either way, the Spin Clean Record Washer System is an insane value. It gets my heartiest recommendation.

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Record-Rama Spin-Clean Record Washing System Accessory Review by Joe Blow

The Spin-Clean Record Washing System is a unique approach to wet cleaning records. “Common knowledge” says there are two musts for thorough cleaning of records: 1) wet cleaning is the best way to remove deep down grime, and 2) vacumming the dirty fluid away is the best way to get the grime off the record to prevent it from re-depositing as the fluid dries. The disadvantage with #2 is vacuum machines are relatively expensive, starting around $140 and at that price the vacuum is the family’s Hoover.

At $50 for a complete kit, the Spin-Clean has a huge price advantage. The system consists of a plastic tank which is filled with water and a small amount of the included cleaning fluid. I was told the cleaning fluid primarilly consists two chemicals, a wetting agent to allows cleaner into the grooves, and a flocculant which cuases suspended particals in the water to drop to the bottom of the tank. Inside the tank are a pair of rollers that can be adjusted to accomodate 12, 10, or 7″ records, and a pair of cleaning pads that squish together to scrub the record. The record is inserted on it’s edge into the top of the machine and spun manually by hand. The pads scrub the record as it spins while the flocculant in the tank removes loosened dirt. The sales person I spoke with was quick to point out that it performs as good or better than a vacuum cleaner. Yes, you read it right…but does it really?

To put the Spin-Clean to the test, I purchased the kit and optional lint free washable drying cloths (the kit comes with disposable lint free paper towels). I figured if the thing actually worked I’d be well ahead, and even if it didn’t it’s probably still better than a discwasher!

I selected about 35 records to trial clean, ranging from brand new to records that were apperently stored in damp environments in a former life and chopped full of mold, and also a very nasty kiddy record that looked like it was total toast (from E-bay and Yahoo auction deals gone bad…uggh). The Spin-Clean was set-up per the instructions with the specified amount of water and cleaner. I used distilled water from the grocery store although the directions just call for “water”. I also set up an old derelect turn table next to the spin clean to aid in the cleaning process. Although this is unecessary, I found it sped up the overall process significantly.

To clean the records, I first dusted them off with a Hunt EDA Mk-6 brush on the turn table, then insterted them into the Spin Clean. The record was spun a minimum of two full revolutions in each direction (up to four in each direction for the real dirty ones). The record was then removed from the tank and allowed to drip excess fuild for about one minute (in the mean time I dusted the next record). No rinse is called for and in the spirit of following directions, I did none.

Then, using the turn table with a dry disposable drying pad on the platter, dried the first side with the washable towel. This was accomplished by folding the towel several times until it was about the length and width of my extended hand. Placing towel in hand and positioning my palm over the spindle, it is the perfect length to dry the record. With moderate force, I rotated the platter one revolution, then flipped the towel end for end. This allows the label to be cleaned with the damp rag as well. In about five revolutions, the record was visually dry and flipped over to repeat for the second side with the towel re-folded to present a dry surface. Then the record was placed asside to air dry while I washed the remaining records.

After the records were completely dry, I gave them another dusting with the Hunt brush and an application of Gruv Glide and put them back into their jackets. The entire process went fairly quickly, probably around 3 hours for all 35 records.

Some general observations about using the Spin-Clean:

1) The first few records were extremely difficult to run through the brushes. After a few records though the pads relax a bit and it became much easier. In fact by the last record it had become so easy I’m beginning to think there is not as much pressure as there should be. In otherwords, the brushes don’t seem to last very long although after 35 or so records they still seem to work fine.

2) Speaking of new brushes, I thought my very first Spin-Cleaned record came out of the machine scratched from insterting it between the pads. The Gruv Glide removed the scratch, so apperently it was really just some excess glue on the pads. Regardless, this isn’t a pretty thought…inspect those new pads carefully!

3) Since the same fluid is used to clean multiple records, the dirtiest records should be saved for last. The instructions don’t mension this and I didn’t think of it until after I cleaned some of my moldy records and saw how ugly the water got. Even with clean records though, I noticed the fluid became visably cloudy after 10-15 records with junk floating all over in it. When left overnight the “floaters” form nice dust bunnies at the bottom, but the solution is still cloudy. The directions say the fluid is good for up to 50 records, a rather dubious claim, I think.

4) Something else the instructions don’t mension is the pads should be periodically removed and cleaned, say every 4-5 records. This is another something that I just never thought of until I dumped the last batch of cleaner out at the end of the day (I did the cleaning over two lazy Saturdays). Yuck! Interestingly it doesn’t seem to matter in the final results.

5) When filling the tank to the specified level it does not completely cover the brushes and the last band on the record. This does get cleaned as the pads are sufficiently wet via capilary action, but it seems to me you loose the advantage of immersing them. In the future I will probably fill the tank about 1/2″ higher.

6) Despite my initial concerns, fluid on the record does not run over the label as you spin it. It stays where the record is wet and therefore runs around the label. Cool!

6) Some people have commented in the vinyl asylum that the fluid begins to stink after a few days in storage. I left dirty fluid in it for up to three days with pads removed and noticed no strange odors. Short term storage, at least, seems to be OK.

7) The washable lint free cloths turned out to be hospital grade gause. It’s not particularly absorbant but it does get the job done. I definately would recomend these over the disposables, as the disposables tend to “stick” the the record and make it difficult to dry. I washed mine in Woolite rather than throwing them in with other clothes in the washer.

OK, so how did it do? Well, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that visually the records were significantly cleaner comming out of the Spin-Clean than when they went in. Remarkably, the moldy records now look new except when held at an angle (you can still see where the mold was). The nasty kiddy record was so filthy I could not even run the carbon fiber brush over it. It was about like trying to brush a record somebody spilled soda on. It too came out shiney and the brush now glides through the grooves like it is supposed to.

Most remarkably though, is playing the cleaned records. I was tickeled to find virtually no snaps, crackles, or pops on any of them except the moldy and scratched records. Everything else plays like VG+ to NM, and they look it too. Best of all it really didn’t seem to matter if it was the first record or the last to share a batch of cleaner. The moldy records play a solid VG-. Some manual scrubbing with the Spin-Clean pads and elbow grease will probably improve these further. As for the kiddy record, well, I’m not going to play it on my setup so it’s hard to say, but if you could see before and after pictures it really is amazing how well this cleaned up.

So, is it really better than a vacuum machine? I really can’t say as I don’t have a “real” vacuum machine to compare it to. However, I can say it certainly does a good enough job that I do not see a vacuum machine in my future. 

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