A high-end bespoke ultrasonic vinyl cleaning machine, Paul Rigby cleanses his grooves with bubbles, Degritter style
During this test, I fired questions at the company on the Degritter RCM. Hence, during my long review, whenever I hit a point of order, I’d quickly send an email and the company was kind enough to address my issue. Those points are noted in the video.
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Paulix8th March 2021 at 10:14 am
Excellent intensive review, thank you!
Kind of made me want you to do 10 cycles and a rinse and listen but perhaps that’s madness?
I’m sold on the Degritter and will be buying one.
Question is though, which surfactant?
Perhaps there’s something in the Kirmuss one that’s worth trying with this machine?
Or stick to S-3 (Oil soluble) followed by S-9 (water soluble) Tergitols?
Thanks again Paul!
Paul Rigby8th March 2021 at 12:40 pm
Many thanks and this might be of help: https://theaudiophileman.com/surfactant-clean-vinyl-buyers-guide/
Oh and avoid the Kirmuss variant – it’s over-priced and substandard in performance terms.
Anthony Eden13th March 2021 at 5:01 pm
Have just taken delivery of a Degritter, the water tank does not have Max and Min water level markings, it has only a min level mark 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the top of the tank
Paul Rigby15th March 2021 at 3:23 pm
Thanks for that, Anthony – let me have a word with Degritter to see if they can add any context to that one.
Paul Rigby16th March 2021 at 12:25 pm
Hi Anthony – I had a quick chat with Degritter and it confirmed, “Yes, we recently fixed the markings on the water tank. The new ones no longer have the MAX level marking and the MIN level markings position has been moved higher. Apart from this the tanks are identical to the old ones.”
So there you go, thanks for letting me know.
Andy West16th March 2021 at 11:03 am
I can only add my thanks for such a good review. Im now using the Degritter with Tergikleen and the results are very good especially on some of my older 70/80`s vinyl which had been used and abused. Paul when you run the rinse cycle are you using the water thats already in the tank after the cleaning process or are you using a clean tank of distilled water?
I can also confirm that the tank I have only has a minimum mark.
Paul Rigby16th March 2021 at 12:31 pm
Thanks for the comment, Andy and please see my latest answer to Anthony Eden re. the markings on the bath. I used the same bath for the rinse which worked well despite the obvious recontamination concerns. If you have the budget then a separate rinse bath could be swopped over I suppose. As it is, if one bath only is utilised, I would keep an eye on the growing bath contamination and, as long you don’t hear any notable issues, follow the company’s guidelines re. swopping the bath contents for a fresh batch of liquid.
Andy West16th March 2021 at 12:42 pm
Thanks Paul. Great results so far and I am now obsessively cleaning my collection, but its going to be a long project.
Paul Rigby16th March 2021 at 12:51 pm
Ha! Tell me about it! 😉
Paul10th August 2022 at 1:33 pm
Just a quick question.
Would you apply a glycol/surfactant mix to the surface of a record before going into the Degritter in order to hold the surfactant to the LP for a better cleaning?
Paul Rigby10th August 2022 at 4:51 pm
In a word? Yes. See the disc prep in the Vinyl Cleaning Guide Pt.1. Do that before every single clean in your Degritter.