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In Reply to: RE: Second cleaning the applicator brush. I always keep a bowl of posted by email@example.com on March 09, 2011 at 16:41:36
Cleaning the vacuum wand on the 16.5 is no harder than the way you clean your brushes. Hard to say when the wand needs cleaning in any instance, due to the variety of filth found on records, but when I start seeing a small line of crud on one of the protective strips, I simply take the wand over to the sink, rinse with tap water, do a final rinse with distilled, pat dry with a paper towel, and back on the machine it goes.
No time is wasted, as I'll do this while I'm letting a cleaner soak-sit on the record.
IMO, I don't feel it is quite so critical to have to rinse clean the wand with ultra high purity rinse waters. Firstly, I don't like seeing such waters like AIVS Pure Water Rinse just going down the drain, and second, the next time that wand is used, it again is going back onto another dirty record.
I, like many others, dedicate a entire seperate vacuum wand assembly for the rinse step only. This, IMO is an advantage that the nitty gritty cannot do. Takes two seconds to swap out
While I have not yet used, or seen one, I understand VPI now markets a Delrin Vacuum Wand for all their machines. I haven't read about any various sizes, just one, for LPs. Comes with a lifetime warrantee against breakage, and is no doubt the last Wand one would ever have to buy.
In a conversation with Mike at VPI, I had suggested that they maybe could now also come out with replaceable protective strips for all their wands, and Mike said they will seriously consider such for the future.
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