Vinyl cleaning services

It’s a small investment, outside of the large P8 investment you made that should go hand in hand with vinyl care and your new source.

The real dilemma will come when you are out shopping, pop into a resale, or antique shop while your significant other is elsewhere and you find the original pressing of that elusive album you are looking for in near mint condition… you buy it, and want to play it immediately but it has been collecting dirt and grime for 30 years in someone’s attic.

What do you do? Drop that brand new needle on that dust and dirt riddled album, and not worry, or go to your well justified purchase of a record cleaner, clean it and then have a good listen?

Just some food for thought, because that’s how I am. Last rare find was an original 1961 of Dave Brubek’s “Time Out” and the rest of my grocery shopping time, hardware store, and other errands were tossed aside. Told the wife sorry…went straight home.


Hi Scott

I will get a machine for the reasons that you outline. I just can’t afford it for a short while. The P8 is being financed through a system change trade-in (see my mad head-fi plan thread).

I would like to send my Dad’s LP’s off as a job lot, hence asking about services.

The advice given by others is correct

If you can afford to send them off as a job lot… you can afford a half decent RCM

Just do it …it’s satisfying to clean records …and you get to keep the machine…so the money isn’t spent and gone

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Exactly, £300 to have somebody else clean them or £300 to buy a RCM and do the job yourself and still have a RCM at the end of the job. No brainer in my book

For you maybe, I’ll find it a chore, especially for 100 of them.
I will buy a machine for ongoing maintenance.

In the meantime, back to my original question - Anyone with advice or experience on using a third party?

I like the look of AudioZomba with their 2 different machine approach - certainly not something I’ll be replicating at home.

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@MaxiMe Another recommendation to buy a RCM here. I was initially sceptical, but it was the best upgrade for my TT and records I have yet made. Owning your own machine will allow the opportunity to explore different cleaning methods (liquids/temperature/soak time/brushes etc), giving you complete autonomy over the whole process. Plus an asset with resale value if you decide not to pursue vinyl as a primary source in the long term. Record Cleaning Machines come up on the used market quite often, hold their value well and so they can easily be sold on.

It really comes down to choice of wet clean / vacuum machines which are reasonably priced vs ultrasonic which are considerably more expensive. I’m a fan of the Okki Nokki as I prefer the full platter, but the Pro-Ject is equally effective. Many other options, from the Moth kit, to the expensive automated Clearaudio and Nessie vacuum machines.

I’d read the recent Record Cleaning Machine thread with a nice coffee and go from there…

You all make excellent points and I agree that having my own machine at home makes sense.
Yet again I state - I am going to buy an RCM.

In the meantime please will someone answer the question I asked?

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The question you need to ask yourself is what sort of RCM you think you will eventually buy. If your answer is a wet vacuum cleaner like the Project or Okki Nokki then I think it would be a waste of money paying the same price as a new RCM for somebody to clean the records. If your answer is an ultrasonic cleaner then by all means pay a few hundred in the meantime to have them cleaned while you save up for the machine you want. But to spend a few hundred on having the records cleaned and you’re planning on buying a RCM for that sort of money why not just get the RCM you would end up with anyway? Spend the money once not twice.

I think it’s fair to say that most people with any decent size collection (and 100 is enough to be there) interested in record cleaning would just buy an RCM due to the reasons everyone has already covered, hence why you get no answers.

Now, as to your question. I don’t know about the two companies you mentioned. What I do know is that Cymbiosis offer this service as well and their regime is a sound one. I never personally used it, as I also just clean my own, but I know what they do and the cost is in the ballpark of the ones you’re referring to.

Hope this helps.

Thanks ricsimas, that’s helpful.

I suppose my second point is being missed too. I’ll probably get one of the Project cleaners, but sending the LP’s off gets them cleaned on £000’s of an ultrasonic machine.

I may be wrong, but I suspect there may not be many forum members who have used a commercial record cleaning service, I stand to be corrected though.

In terms of recommendations, I have used Analogue Seduction as mail order supplier and they have always been very helpful when I’ve made an enquiry, so I would not hesitate in contacting them. In fact I have a few albums where wet vacuuming has only made a minor improvement so I have been thinking about sending them off to test Analogue Seduction’s ultrasonic cleaning service, just to see if this process improves on wet vacuuming.

Good luck with your choices.

Which is a good thing if you believe ultrasonic is the way to go. I don’t (at least for the machines that try to blow dry a record), so…

Good point, hadn’t considered that.

You could send 5 records to one and 5 to another and see what you get back.

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Am I the only one who’s spotted an obvious opportunity here for one of us who has an RCM to offer its services to the OP for a ‘mates rates’ price? I know discussing that sort of thing is outside forum AUP, but it could easily be discussed elsewhere.

Given that several people here say how they find cleaning slightly therapeutic, it seems there’s a bit of a win-win there for the taking, especially given the rather steep prices being quoted. Since I haven’t got an RCM, I’ll leave it there, but the OP might be open to offers!


Keith Monks used to have a list of outfits who would clean lps for you. I used to use a shop in St Albans but it closed down a few years ago.

I’ve never used (or heard of) Audiozomba. Maybe they do a good job or maybe not. I used to get records cleaned for £1 each at a local dealer on his Project machine. Eventually, the guy suggested I buy my own machine as I was taking so many records to the shop. I got a good deal on an end of line Project VCS2 and consider it to be an upgrade to my system. I wish I’d bought one sooner.
As others have said, why spend a few hundred on having your records cleaned elsewhere when for similar money you could do them yourself (even just a few per day) and have your own machine.
Your money, your choice though obviously .

The list of Keith Monks cleaning centres includes Russ Andrews and Grahams HiFi, for example. No idea what they charge.

I’d gladly clean people’s lp’s for $2.50 each. Help pay off the capital sitting in my rcm.

I’ve literally just yesterday sent off an l.p. of mine go analogue seduction for a clean. Will let you know.
Cost about six UK pounds Inc post ECT

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