Jump to content

Owen Y

Our DIY Ultrasonic Record Cleaner

Recommended Posts

Hello Owen,

I've bought a nice box for 3.5€ : Fidelio from Beethoven, Otto Klemperer conducted. The records are quite fine but need a cleaning.

If I use 5 to 10 ml polysorbate in 5 l distilled water, should I rinse the records after cleaning ?

And if yes, how many records can I rinse in 5 l distilled water ?

Thanks a lot for your answer !

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello @georgesgiralt - apologies, I have been out of town for a few days.


I have not been rinsing my records after cleaning.

However, I have been using my old record cleaner vacuum for vacuum-drying the records - instead of air-drying.


i) Detergent residue on the records is no problem IMO - for example, a well-known stylus treatment fluid is detergent-based, I believe.

Also, the cleaned records seem to 'track' better, I feel - could this be due to detergent residue?


ii) Dirt residue however, should be removed - this was why I have been vacuum-drying. However, you could also rinse the cleaned records, (but rinsing is probably not totally effective as the grooves may not be completely rinsed).


So, I now have added a filtration system (similar to @maxpina's posts (previous pages). 

Followed by vacuum cleaning.

This is my current approach.


Cheers, Owen

Dark Lantern blog - http://darklanternforowen.wordpress.com/

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for your answer, Owen !

Actually, I rinse using the US cleaner and "distilled"  water.

When I used too much polysorbate, I rinsed a couple of time using tap water, still in the US cleaner, then a final bath in distilled water.

I vacuum dry the records, too (I have made a suction device with a plastic tubing and 3 layers of micro fiber cloth) and use a shop vacuum device in order for my wife not to complain ...

I remember her face when I emptied the dish washing machine which had cleaned all the plastic parts of a second hand laser printer I had for cheap because it was sooo dirty.... So I'm very careful when using house devices .... Or conceal myself during use 😉

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Just an update on the filtration add on to my ultrasonic cleaner. I had previously used a small aquarium filter, which worked, though it did have the problem of non standard connections, which required a fair bit fudging to get right, though when it was working it worked well. Over time, I found that the plastic making up the connections started to crack.


I have now gone done the route of getting an eBay 12v pump as others have, using an old 12v power supply for a hard drive. All good so far. 




Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By betty boop
      folks, considering an ultrasonic record cleaner... of the more affordable variety... I am not planning to spend on one costing the same as a turntable.
      And with more than my own share of home projects going on and plenty on the to do list no interest to be dong anything DIY in this regard.
      So what are folks experience with Affordable ultrasonic record cleaning machines of the non DIY variety ...
      theres this nobsound one on amazon - any thoughts or experience ? 
      nobsound on amazon
      dont want to get one and find a waste of cash ? last thing world needs is more land fill
      any good experiences with anything out there (non DIY - please and affordable)
    • By Goatboy
      Item: Okki Nokki MKI  MKII RCM (White)
      Location: Blue Mountains, Sydney
      Price: $520
      Item Condition: Excellent
      Reason for selling: NLR
      Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
      Extra Info:
      EDIT: This is a MKII and not a MK1, as I first thought. This means it is manufactured in China (not Germany) and has a plastic instead of metal wand. Apologies for any confusion caused !
      For sale is a MK II Okki Nokki record cleaner, purchased in 2014 from Krispy Audio. Included in the sale are wands for 12” and 7” records, a clamp, and dust cover. The cover and 7” wand are additional purchases and retail for $115 and $75 respectively, and the 7" wand is unused. The dust cover is a must IMO, as keeping dust from a RCM is pretty important !
      The unit has seen mild to moderate use, and there are months where it’s barely used. 
      For anyone not familiar with the Okki Nokki, it is a wet - vacuum cleaning system, and works by first agitating debris from the record as it rotates via a brush placed along the grooves. After a few rotations (the unit has forward and reverse) the wand vacuums the liquid away, leaving you with a clean and hopefully crackle and pop - free record. It can’t perform miracles and fix a record retrieved from a dumpster, but for gunk, mould, fingerprints etc... it does a good job.  And with the debris and detritus new records come with, it’s a good idea to clean everything, not just 2nd hand purchases. Your needle will thank you. 
      A few months after I received the unit, it had an issue with the vacuum cleaner which was easily fixed by a fuse replacement and was a common problem with this model. It has been trouble - free ever since. 
      The original brush is long gone, so you’ll need to grab something suitable. There are plenty of options, and of course you’ll need to arm yourself with a record cleaning concoction. 
      I’ll also throw in a back - up set of spare velvet strips, which attach to the 12” wand and should be changed about every 50 records. 
      Shipping is possible as I have the box for the unit, however I don’t have one for the dust cover and so preference is given to local pick-up.

      Photos: Advertisements without photos of the actual item will not be approved.

    • By Paul-H
      Item: RCM Sensor 2 Phono stage + Kuzma Stabi-S Turntable (with PS2 speed controller) + Stogi-S Tonearm + Lyra Delos Cart
      Location: Mount Martha VIC, 3934
      RCM SENSOR 2 = $3800  - SOLD (TT still available)
      KUZMA STABI-S TT + STOGI-S tonearm + PS2 Upgraded Power supply + LYRA DELOS MC Cartridge = $6750
      (comes with free perspex dust cover, as per photos)
      Package Deal: $10K (RRP for this setup is approx 15K. Please note I prefer to sell this whole package COMPLETE)
      Item Condition: 9.5/10
      Reason for selling: Have purchased a new car and need funds for that.
      Payment Method: Cash on Pickup or Bank Deposit. Paypal is my last preference and you will need to pay an extra 3%.
      Preference given to local pickup VIC buyers.
      I can send interstate at buyers expense, but very much prefer not to because of risk of damage.
      Extra Info: I bought these last year from Sonic Purity in May 2018, so this gear is approx 1 year old.
      The sale is somewhat regrettable, however I have other priorities now.
      The RCM Sensor 2 phono stage is magic and extracts every detail from the Cartridge while giving strong bass.
      (Has Furutech Connections, and external latest power supply)
      There are many reviews online about the phono stage and many who have heard it will confirm its high reputation.
      It has a multitude of loading and gain options.
      The Kuzma Turntable is equally amazing in sound and build quality.
      Latest 2018 30mm thick platter!
      It has the upgraded power supply which means you don't need to change pulleys etc to change the speed.
      The speed controller has a digital display.
      It comes with Stogi-S tonearm, and LYRA DELOS cartridge. (has had little use, but is run in. I honestly don't know the hours)
      Those who know this cartridge can tell you that its super detailed in the high frequencies and still has gorgeous midrange and strong bass.
      Cartridge azimuth has been painstakingly set up by Rom at Sonic purity, using computer software.
      I look after my equipment with a lot of care and live in a smoke free / pet free home.
      Auditions are welcome at my home only for SERIOUS BUYERS.
      Upon sale I always make donations to SNA.
      Thanks for watching.
      Happy Easter to all.

    • By gtee
      Item: Record Cleaning Machine
      Price Range: to $1000
      Item Condition: little used
      Extra Info:
      Am interested in a vacuum type record cleaning machine in really good condition.
      No real preference but prefer a quieter ( ? )  quality machine. Some have suggested a VPI, Okki Nokki Mk2, or the like.
      Please PM me with any offerings
      I am in South Brisbane.
      Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  • Create New...