What Corey Had To Say
Oh, yes. The famous Corey Greenberg. I've never met the dude, but I've heardtime and time again, I'll addthat he was a pretty special writer. And so I went back to the issueVol.17 No.5to see what Corey had to say.
Interestingly, reading Corey Greenberg's report on record-cleaning machines was a bit like looking in a mirror. Just a bit. But I flatter myself. Corey Greenberg was a professional audio reviewer. I am not. I'm simply trying to find my way through this and that, trying to enjoy my music, and hoping to learn something as I go. But, still. Some similarities are there. CG begins his piece by describing, in some detail, his own laziness. "Lazy to the corethat's me," he writes.
Wellwhat do you know?!that's me, too.
And when it comes to the various audiophile rituals we put ourselves through to get that high-end buzz going, I've always snorted at one particular routine: cleaning my LPs with a record-cleaning machine. I just wanna play my records, you know?!
Dude! YES. I totally know.
Let me tell you something else: I don't want to like Corey Greenberg's writing. I don't want to like Corey Greenberg. People talk about him in a certain way, like he was some really hot shit. I guess it makes me jealous. When JA mentions Corey Greenberg, the lights in the office begin to flicker. A shot of electricity zips through the air. Things go dark. A soft halo forms around JA's head. The camera zooms in on JA's nostalgia-eyes. He blinks. He smiles. Ah, that Corey. He went off like a rocket, and then. And then.
Before JA can finish his thought, a street horn wails from Madison Avenue and the office lights burst back on, leaving us momentarily blinded and confused.
I don't want to like Corey Greenberg's writing, but I can't help it. Maybe it has something to do with his potty mouth, but whenever I pick up a piece of Corey's writing, I'm hooked from beginning to end. This particular piece wears the title, "Free Your Grime, & Your Ass Will Follow."
I mean, that's pretty damn funny. That shit cracked me up, actually. Corey Greenberg said "ass." How can you not like that?
In the end, Corey said what everyone else said. The VPI and the Nitty Gritty are just about equally great at cleaning records. However:
If your records are all in decent shape except for the usual dust accumulation, go for the Nitty Grittyit's far more convenient to use than the VPI, takes up less space, and does just about as good a job cleaning most records as the bigger machine. If, on the other hand, you do a lot of used-LP hunting and bring home a lot of scum-encrusted records, then the heavier-duty VPI is the better choice.
Well, why didn't you say so sooner? That's all I needed to hear. Like John DeVore and Michael Lavorgna and Haruki Murakami, I am a hunter. Hunting for used LPs is one of life's greatest and most satisfying endeavors. Seriously. It's a powerful, powerful thing. It makes me happy. And, as I've mentioned, my records have been through some rough times. My records are the kind that'll require a mighty scrubbing.
That's it. Questions answered. I'm going for the VPI. Thank you.