Introducing the Gold Standard in vinyl record cleaning…
How to use the Vinyl Record Cleaning System to apply VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel is a totally new vinyl record cleaning film which cleans by the face-mask-for-your-records principle.
How good is ESP? How about an 11db increase in overall signal to noise ratio (which is around a 75% improvement in how it sounds to the logarithmic way that humans hear sound) and an 8db improvement to the peak noise floor, or more than 50%!
We can’t be serious? Here is a link to Media DMA’s review of VRC Easy Spread n Peel including the spectral analysis.
A New Vinyl Record Cleaning Product with major advances:
- Quantifiable improvements in playback performance
- The only spread and peel cleaner to eliminate static electricity
- A clean rate of ten 12” LPs per 100ml of VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel (when used with The Vinyl Record Cleaning System)
- Faster drying and easier removal
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel offers the most effective deep clean of the grooves on a vinyl record. Effective cleaning demands that all foreign matter including dirt, dust, oils, nicotine, mould release agent, spores, even the abraded diamond stylus dust must be first be dissolved into solution through wet cleaning; indeed most record cleaners start this way, using a cleaning fluid to create a slurry..
The trick then is how to achieve total removal of the slurry.
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel achieves this by drying to a tight film which is then peeled off the record, just like a face mask. With all the dissolved crud captured in the film the record groove is left totally clean. Trying to suck or blow a wet slurry away risks leaving traces of it behind on groove walls where it will deposit the finest material that previously was sitting undisturbed on the bottom of the groove.
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel record cleaning film combined with the Vinyl Record Cleaning (VRC) System is a breakthrough combination in total vinyl cleaning. The VRC equipment has been proven as the most efficient and effective method of spread-and-peel type cleaner application methodology and now VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel builds on this by slashing usage rates for the most efficient and low cost vinyl record clean.
The following sound files show the first 40 or so seconds of a late 1960s recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Click each graphic to hear the recording.
The trace shows the amount of foreign material in the record groove; it makes this recording virtually unlistenable. In fact, you can hear that the playback even starts with a mistrack as the stylus runs into a lump of detritus, possibly a mould which has attached itself within the groove and skips to into the adjacent part of the groove.
This second trace shows the same track after a single cleaning with VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel. It is easy to see how much noise has been removed; click on the graphic to hear it. However there remain one or two stubborn pops, not uncommon on older vinyl records, especially those that have not been played for some time. If you have just inherited a collection, this is likely what you will find. This first clean also greatly reduces the wow and flutter caused by the friction experienced by the stylus as it is dragged through the grime in the groove, causing rotation speed variations as the plater is momentarily slowed.
The third trace graphic shows the track after a second ESP treatment. As you will hear by clicking the graphic, the recording is now all but silent. Not only are the last of the annoying pops removed but the mould release agent, that fine film left in the grooves when the record is released from the printing moulds, has also been stripped out. The resulting playback possesses a depth and openness that is quite extraordinary.
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel is the answer to those really hard to clean LPs as well as delivering a brilliant clean for lightly soiled records. Today, new records cannot be assumed to be clean and, of course, they all come with mould release agent which needs to be removed if the record is to be enjoyed to its full potential. ESP delivers improved playback performance plus less wear and tear on both stylus and record groove walls.
The Vinyl Record Cleaning System
VRC ESP is most easily applied using The Vinyl Record Cleaning System. The system comprises a working platform (the VRC Turntable), a measuring cup to aid application and an application brush for smoothing VRC ESP across the record surface and the VRC Stack Rack.
The VRC Turntable allows both sides of the record to be treated in the one application session. By this method, around a dozen LPs can be treated in half an hour.
The VRC Stack Rack provides a convenient drying platform, designed for drying both sides of the LP in a single application session. Up to 14 LPs can be dried on the VRC Stack Rack at once, which is quite portable when fully loaded. Position where there is a source of moving air (open window, a small fan, etc) and the treated records will be dry in around an hour, depending largely on relative humidity.
Once dry, VRC ESP film is easily peeled from the record (use a piece of adhesive tape); return each LP to the turntable for a stable, safe work surface.