I just bought a Spin Clean MKii record cleaner in order to clean my collection that dates back to music purchased from the 60's & 70's and of course the albums I have purchased since the early 80's. The cleaner seems to work very well accept for one issue. Once a record is cleaned, during playback there are more clicks and pops then prior to cleaning. This occurs on brand new purchases as well as those garage sale vinyl. So I decided to test and play the same side of one album. As I type this, I am on round three and each time I play the record the clicks and pops begin to be less and less audible. Why is this? I am following the instructions that came with the cleaner exactly how they are stated. Could it be a static issue? Is a Zerostat going to help? Or am I missing something completely? I have an old B&O RX2 with an MMC4 cartridge that was brand new (just the cartridge, I bought the TT in 1983) in 1993 and never used until about 6 months ago. As soon as the funds are available I am upgrading to a Rega P5 (at least I think that will be the one, I still have some auditioning to do). Regards, David
i used to have this happen as well. i bought the george merrill system. the common denominator is the fact that the water either drys on the record leaving crud and a static charge, or if you use a blow dryer or even a cloth, it imparts a static charge. i found an old nitty gritty base model on a-gon for about $125, so i now use the merrill for cleaning and then run it around the vacuum a few revolutions per side for a far quieter record. this works on old or new.
Yep, static electricity. Especially since the noise lessens over time, as the static electricity naturally dissipates. Either clean and set aside for a period of time, get a ZeroStat or change whatever it is about your surroundings or the Spin Clean that's contributing to the creation of static electricity.