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 RCM 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 machine itself is solidly built; the full aluminium body forms a strong base for all its components. The platter is stable and smaller than the record, keeping 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, holding the disc firmly in place and 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 but additional arms for 7-inch and 10-inch records are available. The felt strips (replaceable) on the vacuum arm prevent rough contact between the arm and the record and the vacuum strength can be controlled with the vacuum control knob.
Using the Watson’s is simple. 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.