Old Colony of AudioXpress does sell some of those under diy. I have bought some but does not have the time to try it yet.
So far the best to remove those pops and ticks from records is still a good RCM through several times of washing and vacuuming. RCMs of the Keithmonk design are better than others as they vacuumed in a concentrated point fashion.
I don't find a need to clean records as such. I don't have any second hand ones - which obviously could be a problem, so for me the noise issue stems from damage rather than the removeable dirt and dust. Scratches and other pops and clicks which are hard-wired in have to be lived with. And it's such a good thing that we have audio editing software now so we can take out the worst offenders without ill-effects.
I am usually playing LPs now just to copy them to my music library drive which means that I do need to take some care over getting as much dust off as I can without making the process unbearably fussy. I spin up the disc and then take a large watercolour brush known as a 'mop' and hold this at about a 20 degree angle to the disc surface while pointing it against the direction of rotation. I start at the centre and gradually move it to the outer groove area sweeping the dust as it goes. I watch the label to check on the rotation while moving the brush outwards at just under a brush's width per revolution.
Sounds a bit of a faff but it's worth it to reduce the build-up of fluff I would otherwise get as stylus gets close to the end of the side. LPs with discrete, short, tracks are not a problem... you can record each track individually which makes for easier editing anyway. But continuous music, say classical, or rock albums like Floyd and Sgt Pep, are a bugger when you get most of the way through only to hear that the dust build-up is causing serious mis-tracking and you have to de-fluff the needle and start over again.
PS. seems I can post freely again.
Last Edit: Mar 14, 2010 22:09:16 GMT by derekrumble
I thought it was a Watts that I had years ago. When I read the 'book' and saw the picture I obviously had a copy-cat device.
Mine worked the same way but was round section with a counterweight at the other end. I'd think it would have been a bit heavier too. It worked quite well and had a little brush to clean the 'velvet'. At times there was a little ring of debris pushed to the centre of the disk, even if I'd dusted it before playing.
I use those wipes you get to clean your PC screen with, but I don't play the record until the following day. I store my records in Nagoaka anti static sleaves and once they're clean they stay that way.