A Record Cleaning Machine doesn’t do all the cleaning automatically for you but it certainly makes record cleaning easy.
The Watson’s Record Cleaning Machine does just that, makes it easy, without making it expensive! Once you use it, you’ll wish you’d had it earlier; this machine is a real godsend!
The Watson’s Record Cleaning Machine gives you a stable platform to attach your disc so that it’s easy to apply the Record Cleaning Fluid. You can clean by using the supplied brush, the Watson’s won’t slow down or make your record slip on the platter when you apply more pressure. It dries the record by suction and the vacuum motor is strong enough to do its job in just two rotations.
The Watson’s record Cleaning Machine is solidly built. The full aluminium body forms a strong base for all its components. The platter is stable and smaller than the record. This smaller size keeps the platter dry if you mistakenly apply too much fluid to the disc. The heavy-duty bearing means that the platter rotates without friction and without play when pressure is applied.
The supplied record clamp attaches to the threaded spindle. It holds the disc firmly in place preventing it from slipping. It turns counter-clockwise onto the spindle so it will fasten itself more firmly when force is applied on the brush or the record. Very importantly, it also protects the record label from moisture.
The vacuum arm supplied with the Watson’s is designed for 12-inch vinyl. Additional arms for 7-inch and 10-inch records are available. The felt strips on the vacuum arm prevent rough contact between the arm and the record. The strips are replaceable. The vacuum strength can be controlled with the vacuum control knob.
Using the Watson’s is as simple as it can be. First put the record on the platter and screw the clamp on the spindle. Then start rotating the platter by flipping the upper switch. Now apply the cleaning fluid and spread it evenly over the surface with the brush, without applying pressure. When the fluid covers the disc evenly, apply pressure with the brush and let the record spin a few rotations. The brush and fluid together will do the cleaning. As soon as you think the brushing is sufficient, flip the lower switch to turn on the vacuum. Within two rotations the vacuum will remove all dirt and debris from the record’s surface. Once the record is dry, switch off the vacuum first, the vacuum arm will then raise automatically. Next, switch off the platter rotation, take your record off and enjoy the sound.
The benefits of the Watson’s Record Cleaning Machine are:
- Well built with a solid aluminium chassis
- Forms a stable platform for holding the disc while cleaning
- Has no play in the platter, rotates smoothly
- Platter will not get wet because of its smaller size
- Clamp holds the disc and prevents the record label from getting wet (and ruined)
- Can withstand pressure from the brush without slowing down
- Removes fluid and debris with a strong vacuum
- Vacuum arm lifts up when vacuum is switched off
- The felt strips on the vacuum arm are replaceable
- Has a container for used fluid
A very strong point is – if necessary- we have parts available should something fail. However, we don’t expect that you’ll encounter any problems. A Watson’s Record Cleaning Machine is meant to last for a long time; it’s well designed and well built.
Available extras include:
- 7-inch vacuum arm
- 10-inch vacuum arm
- Spare cleaning brush
- Spare felt strips for the vacuum arm
Included in delivery:
- Record Cleaning Machine
- Power cord
- Record Clamp
- 12-inch vacuum arm with felt strips
The Watson’s is available as a 115V-60Hz or 230V-50Hz machine, see our order page. The type of power cord can be selected during ordering.
The dimensions in mm are: 305(w) x 185(d) x 300(h), plus the platter extends 23mm on three sides.
Shipping dimensions in mm: 430 x 400 x 330, shipping weight 9 kg.
Read the Review by René van Es on Audio-Creative here