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However, for those not interested in tracking down obscure cleaning chemicals or investing hundreds of dollars in a record cleaning machine, alternatives do exist. After a long absence, Allsop has just brought its fabled Orbitrac Record Cleaning System back to market, providing a quick, effective, and inexpensive approach to this necessary aspect of proper vinyl playback.
Allsop's Orbitrac 2 Record Cleaning System, currently available from the manufacturer and select dealers, offers an elementary yet remarkably effective "all in one" approach to the record cleaning process. The Orbitrac 2 kit, housed in a convenient plastic carrying case, contains the Orbitrac unit itself, two cleaning cartridges, two one-ounce bottles of cleaning fluid, a small, stiff-bristled brush for cleaning the cartridges, a "pivot pin", and a set of non-skid mats.
Cleaning records with the Orbitrac system is simplicity itself. The user simply places the dirty record on the non-skid pads, snaps a cleaning cartridge into the Orbitrac unit, and Love Jones (2) - Powerful Pain Relief +1 (Vinyl some cleaning fluid on the cleaning pad attached to the bottom of the cartridge. Next, the Orbitrac unit is placed on the record by inserting the unit's pivot pin in the center hole of the record.
The user then spins the Orbitrac unit times in a clockwise direction around the record. The album is flipped over and the process is repeated. At the conclusion of each cleaning cycle, Album) user brushes all the accumulated dust, dirt, and grime from the cleaning pad with the stiff-bristled brush.
The entire process takes no more than 30 seconds per record to complete. In considering how best to approach the review of a record-cleaning product, I started with a host of conceptual approaches. Follow the lead of the infamous vacuum cleaner salesman- you know, the guy in the department store who just dares you to grubby up his carpet sample- I was going to start with a clean record, dump a variety of substances on Album), and see how effectively the Orbitrac cleaned it.
Unfortunately, I just couldn't bring myself to intentionally soil any record, not even one by Mariah Carey well, I may be willing to make an exception there.
Further complicating this approach is the unknown origin of the "stuff" that eventually finds its way into the grooves of your favorite albums. I'm not sure if any scientific studies have been conducted to identify the likely nature of these substances, but I do know that you can't exactly go out and buy "Record Grime in a Bottle".
Upon further consideration, I concluded that the best test of any record cleaning system would be to simply clean a wide variety of new and used records plucked from their natural habitats. To this end, I spent a long weekend buying vinyl from as many different sources as I could think of. I went to record stores, estate sales, thrift stores, and a record convention.
I bought clean vinyl, dirty vinyl, old vinyl, new vinyl, imported vinyl, domestic vinyl, mono vinyl, stereo vinyl, and Polka vinyl. Armed with 27 or so "reference disks", I began the evaluation process. By their very nature, record cleaning products don't lend themselves to conventional testing methods.
Once a record has been cleaned, you can't exactly put the dirt back on it and engage in extended A-B testing. The only practical solution to this dilemma was to keep a careful log of my visual and aural appraisal and impressions of the record's "before" pre-cleaned condition for comparison to the "after" post-cleaned results. More specifically, I started by conducting a visual inspection of each record, logging the degree of dust, grime, fingerprints, scratches, and other imperfections readily apparent in the vinyl.
Next, at great peril to my Blue Point Special and even greater peril to the used records, I plopped the "unclean" lp onto the turntable and played randomly selected tracks, noting the degree of surface noise, ticks, and pops. The record was then cleaned, visually inspected, and replayed using the same test tracks. I noted the "after" effects from the cleaning and moved on to the next record. I felt it necessary to clean a wide variety of records in various conditions to fully and fairly evaluate the performance of the Orbitrac.
My Album) notes reflect that this record appeared to be in average to slightly above-average condition. In '85! Mastering Various Album) Monsters, Inc. Snuffy Walden Music by W. James Rebecca St. MerseysideMar 22, I get it. A busy man. Location: Melbourne, Australia. It's great! Shame there's not much else that Sax has mastered that I want LaservampireMar 22, Location: NY. There are quite a few CDs on there that I have hesitated purchasing because I Love Jones (2) - Powerful Pain Relief +1 (Vinyl sure if the mastering was going to be too loud.
I didn't notice that he mastered one of my favorites "Last Date' by Emmylou Harris. Doug also mastered Dan Seals-The Best. BradOlsonMar 22, Location: Houston. What a resume!
Location: Germany. He also did the Linda Ronstadt box set ClausMar 22, Location: Moscow. Location: Frankfurt, Germany. Electric Light Orchestra - Flashback This is still my preferred source for a number of tracks. AndreasMar 22, Location: PA. Mersyside, does that extensive list include vinyl, cds or both? Location: San Francisco. Location: Near Seattle, WA. Jon Brion again joins the band and plays Korg Moog synth, chamberlin, and piano on about half the album.
Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
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