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Vinyl Cleaning, Surfactant Tests!

Paul Rigby tests four different varieties to find his recommended product

For this vinyl cleaning test, they include the liquid supplied by Kirmuss for use with its ultrasonic machine…

An external application of the popular Audio Desk Pro liquid…

The wetting agent from Ilford, called Ilfotol…

And the substance often used on the vinyl preservation industry, Tergitol…

To see the video, click the image below:

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6 Comments

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    S
    9th February 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Hi,

    Did you invetigate and manage to resove the issue raised by Mr K on the Record Cleaning Forum Video (AP) about Tergitol being potentially damaging to vinyl and cleaners? PS I bought Tregikleen through Amazon.com and thought the results excelent but different from a full clean with the KA cleaner.

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      Paul Rigby
      10th February 2020 at 6:17 pm

      Hi S – bottom line? I disagree. But then I disagree with several points made by Kirmuss re. vinyl cleaning.

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    James Thurston
    10th February 2020 at 5:52 am

    Are you familiar with MastersounD, Unison Research? I am considering a Class A SE amp. Small listening space, low to moderate levels, playing jazz to funk on vinyl or cd. My speakers are bookshelves/stands an efficient pair of Omega SAM’s and a pair of Audel Magika MK2’s that I go back and forth with. Do you have any experience with or have you reviewed these companies products before?

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      10th February 2020 at 6:26 pm

      Hi James – I haven’t done formal reviews but yes, I’m familiar with the brands. What budget do you have for this?

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    Rui Resende
    16th February 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Hi, I own an Audio Desk Pro and use the cleaning fluid as recommended. Your video about surfactants took me to raise the question if you consider the possibility of using Ilfotol instead/or in conjunction with Audio Desk Cleaning Fluid on the normal cleaning process of this machine.

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      Paul Rigby
      17th February 2020 at 10:08 am

      Hi Rui – for my Audio Desk, I currently use Tergitol (I did previously use Ilfotol which I moved to from the Audio Desk liquid). So I’ve seen several upgrades over the past few months!IN the Audio Desk bath, I use distilled water and 7% alcohol. Hang on in there and I’ll be creating a vinyl cleaning video which will explain all – although you can get a rough idea from my Alcohol video on my YouTube channel.

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