As this resurgence of vinyl continues, old records are being pulled out of storage and put on the platter only to cake up the stylus with years of gunk and mould. The Kirmuss KA-RCM-01 record cleaner is fast being accepted as an essential addition to any serious vinyl collection, and Len Wallis Audio has been appointed the exclusive retail outlet in NSW. Ultrasonic cleaning technology has proven to be one of the most effective forms of restoring a record to its best possible performance. The Kirmuss has three strategically located ultrasonic generators in the base of a large water basin, generating three ultrasonic waves oscillating at 35kHz. This creates ‘cavitation’; microscopically small bubbles which burst on contact with the record. This collapsing action dislodges then pushes the contaminants away from the surface of the material being cleaned.
Designed and built in the US, this unit can clean both sides of two 33.3rpm LPs, one 78rpm and one 45rpm single at the same time. It uses no chemicals other than a capful of isopropanol alcohol, and at $1,799 is priced well under most other quality cleaners.
Mark Dohmann, arguably the most respected turntable expert in Australia, is the importer of the KA-RCM-01 and believes “The Kirmuss outperforms other cleaners on the market that cost three times as much, while it has fewer moving parts and is significantly more reliable.”