We at Moth are vinyl enthusiasts and
have been importing specialist recordings and Hi-Fi
equipment from around the world for some ten years.
As much as we love the LP format we
know from experience that it is not without its problems: it was clicks, pops,
hiss and static etc. that led us to investigate imported record cleaning
machines for our own collections and professional use. The results were
stunning. At last the LP format reached it's full
potential, freeing itself from the unseen restraints of mould release agents
and general grime. Keen to share our success we quickly became the UK's biggest supplier and authority on record
cleaning machines. Our striving to improve the specification of other manufacturers designs led us to design a machine of our own from the ground up.
The Moth Record Cleaning machine is a
Wet Cleaning/Vacuum removal device with powered turntable and drainable
internal reservoir. Fluid is applied by hand to a rotating record, scrubbed,
and drawn off by a high efficiency vacuum system into a drainable reservoir.
The unit is housed in a 16swg. Steel enclosure and finished off by a high
quality injection moulded smoked lid. The machine has been designed to be
rugged enough for both the professional cleaning service and the domestic
Collections of 1000+ records by
enthusiasts are common, and the purchase of second hand records in large
batches is increasing, as new records become less obtainable.
Record cleaning machines have long been
accepted as the most efficient way of cleaning and renovating vinyl LP's
singles and 78's and few companies can claim to have a greater knowledge of
them than MOTH!
LPs getting rarer, many vinyl enthusiasts want to keep their collections in
pristine condition. The Moth RCM, used properly, will make your best discs
sound better, and salvage quite a few noisy LPs that would have been unplayable
without treatment. Your stylus cartridge will last longer too."
Why should you buy a Moth RCM?
Moth have been manufacturing Record Cleaning Machines for nearly 20 years. These are very reliable
and hard wearing machines - even the first machines ever to roll off the production line are still
working hard and doing sterling work. Although there have been improvements over the years
(the most notable being the MKII with bi-directional cleaning), Moth can still service every
machine ever made. The BBC have at least three machines in use, the National Record Archive
has one, as does Abbey Road.
It is probably also the only RCM available as a KIT that allows a substantial cost saving by building
your own enclosure.
The MKII Moth
Record Cleaning machine is based upon the well proven and accepted record
cleaner that has been available from Moth for a number of years. The MKII
version of the machine allows for bi-directional operation of the turntable in
both the fluid application 'Wash' cycle and in the vacuum 'Drying' phase. The
vacuum tube has been modified to allow for the new two way movement and to
offer a more efficient vacuum system. A full size dark acrylic lid is fitted to
the MKII Moth Record Cleaning machine. A version of
the Moth RCM MKII is available in the very popular Kit form, complete in all
parts with the exception of the enclosure. Plans are provided for the
construction of the housing from 15mm plastic laminated construction board. The
Moth Record Cleaning machine will continue to be made available in its original
form in both built and in Kit versions. Upgrade kits are available to allow
earlier versions of the Moth RCM to be modified to MKII specification.
a keen secondhand record collector I will be
reluctant to give back the Moth RCM and can heartily recommend it to fellow
Hi-Fi Choice Magazine
I begin this review I think it important to make a few things plain about this
IF you have lots (say 500+) of records.
2. IF you ever buy second hand
3. IF your house has any dust at all ?
MUST BUY THIS MACHINE...
- What a statement, and one I doubt if I'll ever make again. I suppose I'd
better justify this otherwise my credibility, as TNT's cheapskate, will go out
of the window...
Firstly this machine is, as far as I
know, unique in that it is available as a kit or ready
Q. Will I hear a difference after I
clean a record?
A. Yes. There is an audible improvement
after record cleaning with the Moth RCM. Records sound cleaner with less hiss,
snap crackle and pop.
Q. Won't other record cleaning
preparations produce the same results?
A. No. Only a wet/vacuum cleaning
system removes all the grease, grime and dirt from deep within the record
grooves. Some other systems can either push the dirt elsewhere within the
record grooves and / or cause permanent damage.
Q. Can I Clean
all types of Records with a Moth RCM?
A. Yes. The Moth RCM was designed to
clean all types of records and we even manufacture a special 78 version.
Q. Does the machine ever need servicing
or spare parts?
A. The only part of the machine which
should ever require replacement parts is the vacuum pads which will wear with
use and may be replaced by the user.
Q. Is the Machine expensive to run?
Will alcohol damage my Records?
A. No. The machine requires no exotic
or expensive ingredients in it's cleaning fluid. This
may be obtained from us directly.
A. No. Isopropyl alcohol is unable to damage vinyl records no matter how often
you choose to clean them. The BBC uses a very similar wet system in their
record Archives, often cleaning priceless recordings. Note: for 7" and
10" Shellac records use only distilled water.