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Hi Andrew

 

I am very happy with it. Previously I used a KAB EV-1 which has given me great service for about 7 years. The Ultrasonic is very easy to use, but unlike a couple of commercially available models, I use the inbuilt heater to heat the water to around 40 degrees Celsius before use.  A cycle takes 12 minutes (3 complete rotations), but that is cleaning 3 records at a time. But cycle time is up to me, the sonic spin kit I purchased to rotate the records is adjustable for different timings.

 

How to A/B an ultrasonic cleaner vs vacuum record cleaning system? I don't have the answer....but really love the results I am getting.

 

 

If you read some of the OCD guys, using vacuum and Ultrasonic is the best method.

 

I somewhat agree with these guys, however how much is enough as the KLA makes me even lazier  :eek:    I have a very good vacuum RCM , but only use it if I have extra noisy lp's to help out, then another Ultrasonic clean.

 

 

btw,  great that cheaper Ultrasonic version is working so well. :thumb:

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Hi Andy, Louis advised strongly to not tamper with the fitted tank, so I just empty the tank after each use. So I'm up for about 9 litres of distilled water every time I use it.

 

Yes, Chris - he would ... because it could cause a leak which he would get blamed for! So I have no problem with that.

 

But, thinking logically, if you whizz away all the gunk from the grooves with ultrasonics ... then you need to take it out of the cleaning solution.  Sure, you can throw away a tank's worth of liquid after each batch (of 3 LPs) is done ... but that is very wasteful.  A number of the ultrasonic cleaning implementations on the DIYAudio thread that (I think) you have visited have implemented a filter ... so that is what I want to do.

 

All I want to know is ... is it possible to take Louis's inner ss tank out from the plastic outer box?  (So I can send it to my 'metal man' and have an 'in' and an 'out' nipple welded to the ss tank.)

 

 

Regards,

 

Andy

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If you read some of the OCD guys, using vacuum and Ultrasonic is the best method.

 

Do youse mean US to clean and vacuum to dry, Shane? :confused:

 

Andy

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Yes, Chris - he would ... because it could cause a leak which he would get blamed for! So I have no problem with that.

But, thinking logically, if you whizz away all the gunk from the grooves with ultrasonics ... then you need to take it out of the cleaning solution. Sure, you can throw away a tank's worth of liquid after each batch (of 3 LPs) is done ... but that is very wasteful. A number of the ultrasonic cleaning implementations on the DIYAudio thread that (I think) you have visited have implemented a filter ... so that is what I want to do.

All I want to know is ... is it possible to take Louis's inner ss tank out from the plastic outer box? (So I can send it to my 'metal man' and have an 'in' and an 'out' nipple welded to the ss tank.)

Regards,

Andy

Yes, one only has to cut the 4 plastic ties securing the tank to the container. to be able to remove tank.

But..... I am at work and will confirm tomorrow arvo when out of bed,and will advise if anything else needs to be done to remove tank.

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Do youse mean US to clean and vacuum to dry, Shane? :confused:

 

Andy

 

No clean and dry with both

 

Hard to vacuum two sides at the same time  :)

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An update.

 

My unit recently blew a fuse, and to change it I had to remove the tank from the plastic enclosure. Water somehow corroded one of the elements, making the cleaner in-operative, when I went to use the unit a couple of weeks later

 

Louis from Vibrato has been brilliant. I sent it back for repairs at the Companies expense, and have now decided to upgrade the enclosure to this one:

 

Cost to me - $120 for the aluminium enclosure, nil for the repairs and postage back to me.

 

Very happy with the after purchase dealings I have had with Louis and Vibrato.

 

 

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Interesting thread will keep watching developments

9 l distiller water a time!

Unless you are harvesting the water from an expensive clothes dryer that becomes expensive

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I've been watching this thread with interest Chris.  Glad to hear that Louis stands behind his products.  I'm now pretty much convinced this is the way to go for me.  I love that you can clean multiple records at the same time.  While my little Record Doctor V does just as good a job as the mega buck ultrasonic cleaners, it is way more time intensive and spare time is not something I have in spades at this stage of my life.

 

Is there anybody else in Sydney (or surrounding areas) interested in buying one of these?  I'm hoping that by combining orders we might be able to save a few bucks on freight.  I do understand that may not be possible even if we do have multiple orders - I just figure it doesn't hurt to ask.  Chris, would you be willing to assist with the selection of best parts and making introductions to Louis, etc?

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I've been watching this thread with interest Chris.  Glad to hear that Louis stands behind his products.  I'm now pretty much convinced this is the way to go for me.  I love that you can clean multiple records at the same time.  While my little Record Doctor V does just as good a job as the mega buck ultrasonic cleaners, it is way more time intensive and spare time is not something I have in spades at this stage of my life.

 

Is there anybody else in Sydney (or surrounding areas) interested in buying one of these?  I'm hoping that by combining orders we might be able to save a few bucks on freight.  I do understand that may not be possible even if we do have multiple orders - I just figure it doesn't hurt to ask.  Chris, would you be willing to assist with the selection of best parts and making introductions to Louis, etc?

 

Hi Andrew,

 

I can certainly email Louis and let him know that there may be members here that possibly could be interested in a purchase, and maybe a bulk shipment.

As for best parts, not quite sure what you mean?

I think in future any units made by him will have the Aluminium enclosure, the unit (AFAIK) remains exactly the same apart from the enclosure.

 

Chris

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