Latest Quote - Hi Jane - The PRC 6 has arrived safe and sound, Iíve put it together and am merrily cleaning away. The results are simply outstanding, I never thought Iíd be enjoying listening to records as much but the PRC 6 has given me what is virtually a new record collection.
I have over 6000 records, some are extremely rare and valuable, but after a couple of trial runs (thank you Herb Alpert) I cleaned a rare King label album from 1958 called After Dark and a friend, who was a little skeptical about my enthusiasm for the PRC 6, sat there open mouthed and silent through an entire side, he then proceeded to listen to cleaned records for the next 3 hours. We did before and after listens and the improvement after cleaning is breathtaking. So a huge thanks from a grateful customer to you and Peter and all at Loricraft for an easy and efficient transaction and for making such an incredible piece of equipment, I will have no hesitation in recommending Loricraft to others which Iím sure will result in some more Australian customers - Regards JS
You can read more feedback from new owners of the Loricraft Professional Cleaning machines by clicking here.
Our Professional Record Cleaners are in great demand and are available at three/four weeks notice.
The machine range includes PRC3 Mk4, PRC4 Mk2, the PRC4 Deluxe, PRC6, and the new model, PRC3 Mk2 Deluxe. Please refer to our Internet shop for an idea of current prices and special offers. If any item is not listed please contact us directly
The cleaning time for all machines is approximately 1 minute per side.Loricraft Cleaning Machines.
PRC3 Mk 4
PRC Mk 4 Deluxe - This is a new model.
The forward/reverse facility aids the cleaning process, which particularly helps the PRC3. Please note this information only covers the 230 volt an models.
The PRC3 is in matt black industrial finish. The PRC3 de Luxe, PRC4 and the PRC6 have real wood veneer.
All machines use very high quality materials to ensure long life. If you want the best - Buy A Loricraft
L'Art du Son is a new and revolutionary record cleaning solution developed after years of research by founder and analogue devotee Martina Schoener.
The cleaning fluid is sold as a concentrate which makes 5 liters of cleaning fluid when diluted with ordinary distilled water. We recommend making it up in small quantities as required, and storage in the dark. It contains no alcohol, and uses environmentally friendly ingredients. It produces a dramatic increase in playback clarity and resolution. Here is a review of L'Art du Son, published in Positive Feedback magazine. The other benefit is that it is virtually odourless and so can be used indoors with no problem.
The L'Art du Son concentrate costs £32.20 inc VAT per bottle which works out at about £5:50 per litre of working strength liquid. It can be ordered directly from Terry - see below.
Here is a recent review of L'art du Son in a bath type cleaner (Knosti) by David Allcock.
Our internet shop site can take direct orders for L'Art du Son cleaning liquid and our Loricraft professional record cleaners.
The Development of the Current Models
The original machine of this type was designed by Percy Wilson, the Technical Editor of Gramaphone magazine. His presentation to the Audio Engineering Society on 13th October 1964, "Record Contamination: Causes and Cure", outlines the design of a machine. A year and a day later in 1965 the machine "The Record Doctor" was shown to the AES in New York. "The Disk Cleaner" was very similar in style to a professional cutting lathe. It is anybody's guess how much it would have cost to produce but it's reasonable to assume £20,000 would be a minimum if made today. Percy also set down the rules of pickup arm design and alignment in the 1920's, the same ones we use today!
Our original interpretation of this principle, called the Loricraft PRC, professional record cleaning machine, was produced in about 1990. It was based it on recycled Lenco 75 motor units which were plentiful at the4 time and of superb build quality. The supply of Lencos eventually dried up forcing us to design our own motor unit (1998)
The PRC2, as it became known, was famous for having a separate small box containing the pump which we affectionately called the dog kennel as it looked just like one. It is considered by a large number of users to be the "state of the art machine". The pump box can be situated in a cupboard making it very quiet. The PRC2 can clean 16 inch diameter 78 rpm discs and one was used to prepare Bing Crosby recordings for their award winning transfer to CD using one of our 401 machines.
The PRC3 was the combination of the new drive system plus a custom designed pump allowing a single box construction. The machine looks essentially as it always has, however 90% of all the parts including the box are now CNC produced. Assembly is still done by hand and all machines are fully tested just like the original machine. The picture above shows one being tested in the workshop before shipping to the USA. Some reviews of the Record Cleaners are listed at the bottom of this page.
Although the PCR3 machine looks essentially the same as ever, a process of continuous quality improvement has resulted in many small technical improvements which have been introduced since its introduction in 1990:
These improvements have been carried over into the PRC2 and PRC4 models, where applicable.
The PCR2 design was prefered where the cleaning and quietness demands are highest. It has since been superceded by the PRC6. The PRC3 is our biggest seller and delivers proven, excellent cleaning to our discerning customers. The PRC4 was originally designed to meet the needs of customers who were aware of the original PRC2, and valued the effect of a more powerful pump and additional cleaning options. It is increasingly in demand on its own merits.
The cleaning procedure could not be easier. The disc to be cleaned is placed on the turntable, which is then set in motion. The proprietory fluid is spread on the disc in a thin layer using our special brush, and the vacuum arm tracks across the record to remove both fluid, dissolved and suspended solids and dirt from deep within the groove.
We have sold hundreds of the PRC3s over the last few years, but increasing numbers of the PRC4s are now being sold. The PRC2 can be still supplied if required.
The Loricraft Professional Record Cleaners
There is a tutorial on the Smart Devices site
Here is a 10 second recording of the sound of the cleaner in operation (260KB wav file). It is a bit like a noisy fridge. You can compare it to the hiss produced by the suction arm which removes the solvent, and the dog barking outside the workshop. Click here to download it. This is a medium large file and may take a couple of minutes to download. Once downloaded you can rerun it as often as required.
If you prefer, you can download the files to your hard disc by right clicking on "here" and choosing "Save target as ..." . They are then available whenever you want them.
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