It works fine. A friend of mine has one and I have the very similr Nitty Gritty 1.0. You do have to apply the fluid and turn the discs manually, but I don't find that a disadvantage.
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I have had one for 10+ years.I made a nice dust cover for it with deep oak picture frame moulding and plexiglass. The thing is excellent. I have never used the expensive machines but I can't see how they could be more effective.Of course a good record cleaning solution is key though. Happy tic and pop free listening.
My RDII was delivered the other day, and I must admit, it works as good or better than advertised. I have been able to render some of my grungiest LP's clean and playable again. I also ordered several hundred new sleeves. As I clean them, I replace the sleeves. AA included 2 16 oz. bottles of cleaner and free shipping! Anyone sitting on the fence over this, 199.00 gets you the Record Doctor, 2 bottles of fluid (32 oz), delivered.
I bought one used, about 3 years old, and it stills works great a year later. I've cleaned my entire collection by now--about 600 LPs--and I'm astonished by the improvement on some records that were previously cleaned with an Orbitrac or Discwasher D2.
Surace noise was reduced to levels that, I think, sound better than new. Of course, a beat-up record can't be helped. But there were more than a few LPs that I cleaned with an Orbitrac and abandoned, thinking they were shot. Then I cleaned them with the RDII, and they were playable and even enjoyable. Sure, it's a pain to turn the record by hand, but for the price, who cares?
This thing is tough-as-nails and lasts a long time. Try it with Tourmat RCM fluid from Music Direct and the Disc Doctor brushes, which are a 300% improvement over the brush they give you. Buy an extra pack of Vac-Sweeps and you should be good for a decade or longer.