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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 private user.
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!

"With 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."


Audiophile Magazine

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.



"Being a keen secondhand record collector I will be reluctant to give back the Moth RCM and can heartily recommend it to fellow enthusiasts."


Hi-Fi Choice Magazine


"Before I begin this review I think it important to make a few things plain about this machine."

1. IF you have lots (say 500+) of records. 
2. IF you ever buy second hand records. 
3. IF your house has any dust at all ?



Wow! - 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 made.


TNT Audio (www.tnt-audio.com)





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?
A. No. The machine requires no exotic or expensive ingredients in it's cleaning fluid. This may be obtained from us directly.


Q. Will alcohol damage my Records?
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.


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