Here is a review I wrote on the KAB at Audioasylum:
It does an excellent job.
It does an excellent job.
i just received my KAB EV-1 and cleaned 25 lps over the weekend. i use to do it the manual way, the way i use the unit is to clean side one on my old TT platter so not to contaminate with the other side of the lp the vac mat. i still use my disc doctor brushes and cleaner and distilled water. along with cotton wash rags for getting the heavy wash and rinse off. when side one is cleaned i use the vac of the unit and do side two on the EV-1. place on a dish rack and move to the next lp. saved me almost half of the time it use to take using my small shop vac with a attachment to vac. i highly recommended the EV-1. and KAB is a pleasure to deal with.
Stltrains .. Do you use your shopvac with the EV-1?
I have one on order and it says not to use a shopvac because they have too much power. I have a small shopvac 3hp (I think) and am wondering if that would damage anything? Seems to me the more suction the better (up to a point of course)
Also, are you saying that you do a manual 'pre-clean' before using the EV-1? I thought of doing that but I am afraid that it might just force some of the dust and grime further into the grooves.
Seems to me the more suction the better (up to a point of course)
NO, NO, NO.
Think back and review past experiences with *suction*. Just enough is just right. Just enough suction with slow movements is what works.
I have a Nitty Gritty Record Doctor II and use it just for final drying of already rinsed records. I use a Groovmaster to wash and thoroughly rinse my records with water. That way the Record Doctor's velvet pads do not get contaminated. The Groovmaster (available from eBay) is a fantastic device.
Thanks Psychicanimal ... I will look into the Groovmaster ... looks like a nice economical option for getting the initial layer of grime up and keeping the vacuuming appliance clean.
I have been cleaning my thrift shop finds in the sink with water and a dash of dishwashing detergent, using my fingers to rub the solution in a circular motion around the record and drying with a clean rag. I can't say that it has made a great difference in reducing crackles and pops. It dawned on me that I may be forcing some of the dust and grime further into the grooves with this process. So I ordered an EV-1 hoping that the vacuuming action will do a better job.
Stoneface i use a small shop vac with absolutely no problems. you will love the ease the KAB-1 has in LP cleaning, dont know if you saw the other post on this but i clean the first side not on the KAB-1 to not contanimate the vac brush. i use disc doctor fluid and brushes, good luck in the wonderful world of vinyl. mike