Record Revirginizer - the facial peel for your LP's
Many people have come to associate the pops and crackles heard on vinyl LP’s as an inevitable part of a record’s aging process - the more it’s played, the more scratches and pockmarks it develops. According to Australian inventor Cary Stoddard, however, most of those noises are actually due to minute particles of things like mould, dust, oils, skin, and smoke that have become embedded in the grooves. While conventional record brushes can’t remove them, he claims that his product can, potentially restoring your records to near-pristine condition.
According to Stoddard, when a record is playing, the friction of the stylus generates just enough heat to make the vinyl sticky. Particles then get stuck to it, and remain in place once it’s cooled. Record Revirginizer is a non-toxic polymer goop that you spread across the playing surface of your vinyl records. You let it set, attach one of the pull tabs, then peel it all off in one rubbery piece. As it comes off, the noisy little particles come with it, while all of the vinyl stays behind.
In some cases, he claims, it can even remove residue from the record-pressing process, thus resulting in better than new sound quality.
One 500ml bottle of Record Revirginizer can treat up to 16 double-sided 12-inch LP’s, and is available for AUD59.95 (about $US54.77) online.
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At $3.42 US per record and a collection of 1500 to 2000 records is probably not economically feasible. I guess I\'m ok with hiss, scratches and crackles.
Although, this may be good for my Japanese, half-speed master of Pink Floyd\'s Dark Side of the Moon album.
looks like some help for m old vynl
Alternative: In the UK in the 60\'s \"hydraulic playing\" solved the dust problem. It\'s simple, cheap, slightly messy and provides superlative sound. Simply pour a few teaspoons of distilled, repeat distilled water on the record while playing. Add more ahead of the needle when centrifugal force takes it to the edge. Rise at edge contains water to be wiped off on change. Water floats out dust and adds a wondrous damping to the needle in the groove. Scratches and even horrid grove damage are substantially reduced. Excellent method to get good recording. Used it for decades when records were the thing. Won\'t damage cartridges either.
Unless you made a habit of never putting your fingers on the grooves, and always putting the LP back in its sleeve after play, your records will get scratched and messed up. Some people look after things and others don\'t.
There are software programmes to remove hiss crackles and other unwanted noise, then you can make mp3 copies.
The minute particles referenced are mainly those created during the pressing process.
Way back when, using a Keith Monks LP cleaner removed all the left over particles.
An application of LAST preservative/lubricant preceding the LP\'s first play and occasionally throughout the LP\'s life was all that was needed.
How would one remove the minute leftovers from the \"Record Revirginizer\"?
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