The Walker Audio Prelude Record Cleaning System has outperformed every cleaner I've tried, and that has been quite a few over 30 years.
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I am confirming Rushton's vote for the Walker Prelude System.
I also use the MFSL Superwash but only for quick cleaning of visitors' records or to get an initial impression of a used record before I use the Walker cleaning. I find it works well but not nearly as well as the Walker for serious record collecting and listening.
I think, there is no "best" fluid. A lot of users think, to remove some dirt out of the grooves, NASA science is neccessary. There are so many fluids out there and honestly, they do the job. Some use multi step fluids and think, that's it. But when you use other fluids 4x, you will get same results :-)
At the end of day, the secret is the removal out of the grooves. Point nozzle is unsurpassed, but it needs time. AIVS, L'Art du Son, VPI, Walker, MFSL...use what gives you the best feeling :-)
(With modern records which have damaged grooves, tics and pops, nothing really helps. That's the way it is)
Make your own !!!!!
I tried several commercial cleaners and I could not tell the difference theirs and mine. My next project is: I am going to get a USB digital microscope to examine the record grooves before and after cleaning with the fluids I have, including AVI, walker, nitty gritty, Mofi, and my own mix.
Thanks for your answers and your opinions.
Well, as I can see, every guy has his own opinion and uses a different type of fluid.
Somebody uses systems or combinations in several stpes, like Walker Audio products.
I only use Clearaudio fluid. The question to answer is:
People who has used several type of fluids and can compare between them.
Walker audio combo-fluids are truly very expensive. This cleaning sysytem uses an enzymatic product, but I don know if I can buy a cheaper enzymatic fluid.
I could spend lots of money in this products, but I want to know if this is a good option to change my Cearaudio fluid, or if I am throwing my money.
i also like the AIVS multi-step cleaner method as the best i've tried. i especially like the Ultra clean water rinse as a final step.
having an RCM that allows for different types of cleaners i think is a good thing. i've gone from having only a one step machine to adding another that does allow for different cleaners and i do like that. of course, YMMV. and i agree with Syntax that ulimately there are many effective ways and products to use that work.