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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning 78 RPM records?
PostPosted: Apr Sun 26, 2020 9:46 pm 
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I've been collecting 78's since I was about 12. I still love how they look and the fast background hiss just sounds right with vintage jazz. I don't care what the value is. I still grab good common one's any chance I get. I do miss the days when every antique shop and mall had boxes of them. Nowadays I rarely see them. Once I was told by a big record collector/seller that whenever he gets a large collection, he goes through the 78's, picks out a few and the biggest percentage go straight into the dumpster! The one good thing is that even the common stuff, Miller on Bluebird, James on Columbia, Dorsey on Victor, will be much less common than ever in the future and likely will be worth a few bucks!
Having said that, I stack them near the sink, use lukewarm water, wipe with a sudsy dish-soap paper-towel, rinse with another paper-towel, lay the record on a dry dish-cloth, and lightly buff with another paper-towel. I use no clever techniques. It's not necessary.


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning 78 RPM records?
PostPosted: Apr Tue 28, 2020 12:07 am 
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I haven't yet done so, but I think a superior way to clean records is with an ultrasonic cleaner. I have a number of them at work, which I use to clean radio parts.


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78s are indeed goregous!!!!!!!

I love every one of mine!!


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning 78 RPM records?
PostPosted: Jul Fri 17, 2020 3:49 am 
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Had wax drip on one of my favorite 78's. Apple Blossom Wedding, anyone have an idea how to get wax off shellac safely? I scraped most off with my nail, but of course it's still in the grooves. Haven't played it yet. I'm so upset this happened!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning 78 RPM records?
PostPosted: Jul Fri 17, 2020 8:07 pm 
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Clean them with wood glue YES I said wood glue.
I tried it on a couple of 78s and it worked fine.
Don't get glue on the lable.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gyvipBs6Vs

Dan in Calgary


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning 78 RPM records?
PostPosted: Feb Thu 18, 2021 5:50 am 
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Kestas wrote:
I haven't yet done so, but I think a superior way to clean records is with an ultrasonic cleaner. I have a number of them at work, which I use to clean radio parts.


For several years now I have been cleaning vinyl records in an ultrasonic tank with a mixture of distilled water-alcohol-tergitol-hepastat, with excellent success. I follow the ultrasonic cleaning with vacuuming the records.
Obviously the above-mentioned cleaning mixture, containing alcohol, isn't suitable for shellac. I'm very new to the 78 rpm listening, having bought about a dozen old'n'dirty records in antique malls. I cleaned a couple of these 78 rpm records ultrasonically, using a mixture of distilled water and tergitol detergent, followed by vacuuming them. After playing the records I looked with a magnifier at the 3-mil stylus and was very surprised to see A LOT of grey dirt covering the stylus. I thought I'd cleaned the records thoroughly...the ultrasonic should've loosened the dirt off the records' surfaces. I wonder if I should use a different cleaning solution...


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning 78 RPM records?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 16, 2021 2:52 pm 
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I heard that using witch-hazel works. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning 78 RPM records?
PostPosted: Apr Fri 16, 2021 8:59 pm 
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Get yourself a SpinClean and use hot distilled water with the supplied solution. If the records are really dirty, you might have to run them through 2 or 3 times. The hot water will help soften and/or dissolve and remove finger grease, pop, beer etc., and the agent in the cleaning solution will cause all the crap you remove to fall to the bottom of the basin.

I use a microwave to heat just over 2 cups of distilled de-ionized water for 2 minutes until you can still put a finger in it, but it's uncomfortable...

I've used a lot of different ultrasonic cleaners in my career, and I'd not risk cavitation damage to a valuable record by exposing it to ultrasonic cleaning...YMMV...


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