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Re: [ARSCLIST] Record cleaning fluid recommendations?
A quick Google search shows that Conservation Resources International sells
Triton at about $10 per pint. At 20 ml per gallon, that ought to be enough
to last most of us a very long time.
Here's a link to their catalog:
The Triton listing is on Page 3 of this file.
At 03:37 PM 12-16-2003 -0500, you wrote:
I have spotted (and purchased) some triton on Ebay as of late.
>>> seubert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 12/16/03 11:22AM >>>
The Library of Congress recipe for their record cleaning solution is
on their web page. http://www.loc.gov/preserv/care/record.html (You'll
to scroll down a bit).
The one problem is that the Triton XL-80N surfactant is very difficult
get in small quantities. DuPont only sells it in 55 gallon drums, but
can find it through resellers if you are persistent. It works well and
been tested by their chemists. It's worth the effort of cooking up a
At 08:09 AM 12/16/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Ask the Preservation people at the Library of Congress who run tests
>keep them secret.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "John Ross" <johnross@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Monday, December 15, 2003 4:31 PM
>Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Record cleaning fluid recommendations?
> > Has anybody actually done any systematic research about the
> > effectiveness of various commercial and home-brew record cleaning
> > It seems as if all of the suggestions posted to this thread have
> > anecdotal reports based on relatively limited experience.
> > I understand that many on this list have extensive experience
> > preserving sounds from LPs and other media. I don't intend to
> > expertise. But it's entirely possible that more than one mixture
> > produce equally effective results, within the requirement that they
> > do any damage to the media. Seems like most people will stop
> > after they find a product that appears to meet their needs.
> > And it's also possible that some common methods are in fact
> > destructive. Or that the difference between different mixtures
> > below the noise threshold of many playback chains.
> > I would like to see a study that compares the subjective and/or
> > reduction in surface noise after treatment with different mixtures,
> > using different techniques. Of course, it's true that every LP has
> > different amount and type of crud in its grooves before cleaning,
> > starting point will be somewhat different on each one, but using a
> > reasonable sampling of records from collections and thrift stores
> > produce some kind of useful averages.
> > Does anything like this exist in print or online? If not, would it
> > productive to organize some formal standards for testing?
> > John Ross
> > Northwest Folklife
> > Seattle
> > At 11:09 AM 12-15-2003 -0600, you wrote:
> > >With all due respect, you're recommending products based upon
> > >than the quality of the cleaning. I'm confident that a superior &
> > >level of cleaning is available at a reasonable price & its
> > >you have not had an opportunity to hear the results of using