About The Vinyl Archivist
The Vinyl Archivist is an outgrowth of years of record collecting combined with my professional background in the fine arts.
I came to record collecting after a decade of amassing a wall of CDs and tiring of digital music. As such, my formative years were spent listening to crisp, clear digital sound. I have become a bit of an audiophile since converting to analogue. For all the superior sound quality I have come to appreciate and crave with vinyl, the inherent surface noise was always a distraction. I quickly began researching the best ways to clean vinyl.
I started the old fashioned way – with plenty of elbow grease. Armed with a set of Disc Doctor brushes and cleaning fluid, I made my way through my burgeoning collection by hand. Weighing the cost of conventional cleaning machines against buying more records, I opted for a Record Doctor V, balancing vacuum power with familiar hand brushing. From there I eventually moved to a VPI.
Everything changed when I first saw the Audio Desk Systeme in action; then I heard the results. I was absolutely blown away by what a remarkable difference there was before and after. I thought that my rigorous cleaning regimen was the best that I was going to get. I was wrong. Having experienced these remarkable results I quickly began to research ultrasonic cleaning machines and was soon the proud owner of an Audio Desk.
After a few years of using the Audio Desk, I came across a number of discussions on audio message boards describing custom built machines that improved even further on the commercially available ultrasonic units. After about a year of research, I finally took the plunge and built my own, which you can read more about here.
The Vinyl Archivist was started to bring this superior level of cleaning to anyone who cares about their records. I am first and foremost a collector and look to provide a service I myself would use. I pride myself on my care and attention to detail and will treat your records as if they were my own.