Skylab - maybe you've addressed this in a thread, but since you seem very knowledgeable, I was wondering if you'd care to share your record cleaning procedures?? It never hurts to hear how others do it and maybe some of us will pick up some tips.
Thanks in advance if you have time/interest to reply back.
My pleasure. I'm not quite as "intense" about it as some people. I clean every record, used and new, using a VPI Typhoon wet-vacuum record cleaner (although for years I used a VPI 16.5 which takes longer but works just as well and is much cheaper). I use Mobile Fidelity Super Record Wash for the cleaning fluid. After cleaning, I apply LAST Record preservative.
I do that before the record is ever played, but only once. Then right before every play, I "zap" with a Zerostat gun, and use a Discwasher brush, DRY, to pick up any small amount of new dust.
This generally yields almost completely noiseless playback from any practical perspective unless the record was used and scratched.