• The cleanest your
    records will ever be.

    Discover how The Vinyl Archivist can bring out the fullest sonic potential in
    your records through enzymatic and ultrasonic cleaning.

    Cleaning options begin as low as $2



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How does it work?

I believe in an individualized approach to every client’s cleaning needs as all records are not created equal, nor are they equally dirty. Send me an e-mail or a message through the Contact / Order page to begin a personalized consultation, and we can work to determine what kind of a cleaning will best suit your needs. I strive to provide a singular service to each of my customers.

How is an order placed? After we determine the cleaning method, I will send you an invoice. Then you pack your records and ship them to me for cleaning. It’s as simple as that!

I also provide detailed instructions on safe packaging and shipping, or you can purchase one of my custom built shipping boxes and take away any possible guesswork.

For a more detailed look at what I do and what The Vinyl Archivist services are all about, please read below and explore the pages on the site.

Testimonials

  • Mike/The Vinyl Archivist thinks about cleaning and preserving vinyl with the same care and enthusiasm you have for collecting vinyl. When you send him records, you can feel confident that they will return in a manner where every ounce of potential sonic depth has been extracted. Even the return packaging is simply fantastic and completely protective.

    Owner, PopShop Record Stop

    Jeff Carney
    PopShop Record Stop
  • I have a rare LP visually appearing to be EX, and despite multiple attempts of cleaning with other solutions and machines, the record always sounded more like a VG record. I became increasingly frustrated and brought the record to The Vinyl Archivist – now the LP sounds like it appears. I couldn’t be more satisfied! Highly recommended!!!

    Steven Belkin
    The Vinyl Archivist Customer
  • “The records cleaned on the ultrasonic machine sound pretty great.”

    Greg Northrup
    Gnosis Rater / Reviewer

The Vinyl Archivist

First and foremost, I am a record collector. Records are my passion. Hand-in-hand with collecting I have become passionate about the proper cleaning and care of records to get the very best sound and the most enjoyment out of what I collect and listen to. I created The Vinyl Archivist with this in mind, to allow other like-minded collectors and vinyl aficionados affordable access to high-end cleaning techniques.

Record cleaning comes with a high barrier of entry. Cheaper methods such as Spin Clean or Nitty Gritty take a huge amount of time and effort to operate. Even entry level vacuum machines start around $500. Ultrasonic machines, such as the Audio Desk Systeme I use tip the scales at $4,000 and are a major investment that the average person cannot afford, or would rather invest in buying music to listen to.

You can rely on The Vinyl Archivist to provide you with the best possible cleaning services while retaining your valuable time for doing what you really bought that turntable for – listening to your records. Take a look around the site and see what options are best for you. I provide standard plans, but will happily custom tailor any program to suit your needs and specifications.

For those new to ultrasonic record cleaning I offer a free trial to get you started. See the plans below and under the services page for more details.

Here’s to many years of future listening enjoyment!

Why use The Vinyl Archivist?

Do you want the best possible sound quality from your records? I use the industry standard record cleaning machines from VPI and Audio Desk Systeme for the best possible cleaning your vinyl can receive.

Whether your records are brand new or you are a crate digger that unearths gems with years of accumulated grime, even the best conventional cleaning methods cannot clean as thoroughly as ultrasonic cleaning which penetrates directly to the grooves of the vinyl.

This dust, dirt, mold and/or pressing residue stands in the way of optimal sonic reproduction. Now you can hear the music as it was intended!

Here is where I will include this one crucial caveat: a proper cleaning cannot perform miracles on damaged records. Pops, clicks and skips from physical damage such as scratches, wear to the grooves or pressing defects cannot be repaired. As long as your records are in good physical condition, I can virtually guarantee you will be happy with what a cleaning can do for them.

Listening to records is an experience akin to ritual. You have forsaken the convenience of digital music in return for an engrossing experience that demands your attention. Why not experience the true magic that clean vinyl can provide?

If you are interested in why I have come to this conclusion, read more about my personal path in the About section.

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Curious if The Vinyl Archivist cleaning services are right for you? I have a special offer for first-time customers: I will clean three records, one with each method, absolutely free. All you pay for is shipping. I am confident enough that if you care how your records sound you will soon be sending more records my way.

Simply send me an e-mail or message through the Contact / Orders page and I will provide you with all the information needed for a free trial.

Be sure to choose records you know well and play them before you send them so you can easily compare before and after!