I remember stores that would clean for a fee. That was a long time ago. You don't have to spend $1000. A new VPI 16.5 can be had for under $500 and even less when bought used. If you have more than 100 records it is a worthwhile investment.
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Shazam, I don't know where you are, so this might not help. My customers are free to use my Typhoon anytime. I ask that if they need inner or outer sleeves, they purchase during the cleaning session. Clearly a win/win. The bonus for me is to maybe spin something I've not heard. Or to have the client hear his lp on a State of The Art System. (Pure sales gimmickry) I did not invent this, call around, maybe somebody in your area does it too.
I agree with Johnbrown. Buy a used VPI cleaner for $350-400 and sell it when you're done. These things sell within a day or two. This will probably be the easiest and cheapest solution.
For what it's worth, DIY record cleaners are simple to make. I know this isn't what you're looking for, but thought I'd toss it out there for others who might be reading. There's no rocket science inside a cleaner. The basic ingredients are a direct drive turntable and a small shop vacuum. Of course, you'll need a brush and cleaning fluid. Teres has instructions on their site to build one for $50:
Best of luck!
There is more than one way to clean records.
Check out the thread on steam cleaning records. I had a VPI 16.5 and sold it. My records looked clean but still had surface noise.
The $30 steam cleaner, $5 microfiber cloth and $0.99 distilled water works wonders. I am doing a once over on my records and putting them in sleeves. They are now very quiet or silent.
The $5 (for three)microfiber cloth takes the place of the cleaning machine and dries the records with one wipe so that they are ready for the TT. I hand wash the cloths after doing a bunch of records.
I also would recommend the VPI-16.5. I just got mine and set it up and started cleaning record and it makes a huge difference, they are way quieter. It is simple to use and quick, I've heard of steam cleaning records, with people on both sides, but I guess they argue for both side of the VPI too.....