Why not a loricraft?
Those are the really quiet RCMs.
Those are the really quiet RCMs.
Okay, fair enough.
Another Audiogon member also decided he did not like the Loricraft, and he bought the Clearaudio Double Smart Matrix RCM. He said it cleans at least as good as the Loricraft, and it cleans both sides at once, which is pretty cool. He said the noise level was more than the Loricraft, but less than the VPI, (which he used to have before the Loricraft).
Hope this helps!
My Loricraft is so quiet you can listen to music/TV or have a conversation while you're cleaning. It replaced a Nitty Gritty 2.5, which was quite loud and ran pretty hot after 5 or 6 sides - the Loricraft runs very cool - - - literally for hours, if need be. Thread management on the Loricraft hasn't been a problem for me.
I just purchased the Hannl Micro, and so far it's great. It is considerably quieter than the VPI but not as quiet as the Loricraft. The Hannl Mera was not available in the US as of a few weeks ago. The Aragon and the Micro were. I did a quick review of the unit down the section under "Loricraft Record Cleaning"
I was considering the Loricraft but it was more expensive and mostly I didn't care for the attitude of the importer.
I got my Typhoon a few months ago and I cannot say enough good things about it. The vac is very powerful. Yes, it is noisy but only takes 2 turns to completely dry a side. You can get lots cleaned on no time. That really helps when you come home with a whole bunch of records in a days shopping.
Records cleaned with it sound very, very quiet so much so you can hear much deeper into the music. My Nitty Gritty 2.5fi was no contest!
In short, if you want quick, the VPI is great.
kurt tank; what i said was i sold my loricraft 4, took way to long and the whole string thing is a pain and bought the double matrix and will never look back! best tweek there is bar none! cleanibg both sides take seconds and that includes steam and the vinyl has never been cleaner or quieter. make my own cleaner now. i am very very satified will never go back. if you want to spend all day cleaning vinyl buy the loricraft. if you want to spend time listening to vinyl buy the double matrix. highest recomend *****
I went from a VPI 16.5 to a Hannl Micro EL (which in most ways is like the newer Mera minus the mounted brush/fluid pump). It's an incredibly well-made and versatile machine offering changes in speed (slower for vacuum/faster for brushing) as well as reversal of direction. Distribution in the US seems to be in flux - but it seems an ex-pat, Paul Morris, is now responsible for global distribution via AMF in France (http://www.amf63.com). Through e-mail conversation he seems like a very nice guy - and is hoping to def expand Hannl's business. I was directed to him by Hannl when seeking out where to buy a Circular Brush (Rundbürste). It seems availability is a challenge. Hopefully Paul's appearance at CES (and incidentally a video dem on this site) will open up more domestic availability.
I like microfiber looking brush on the Hannl, what some company needs to do is make what serious record collectors and archivists really need. A machine with two separate microfiber brushes and two separate vacuum wands/motors so that a wash and rinse cycle can be completed without having to start and stop the turntable and switch brushes and wands back and forth manually all the time.
One can dream.