Reviews

I bought this week a second hand copy of Chris Rea’s Auberge through Discogs. Despite being advertised as near mint there were enough crackles and pops on it for me to start a Rice Crispy factory. I was about to send it back but thought I would run it through my Velvet Vortex first.

The result is quite astonishing. Virtually all the surface noise has gone and the record has gone from unacceptable to, yes, near mint. 

This is a quite brilliant device and fantastic value for money. If you are thinking of taking the plunge, jump in. Heartily recommended.

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 Mine arrived a week or two back (thank you ) and it’s an amazing tool, my vinyl has never sounded so good. 10/10. 

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Pound for pound the Velvet Vortex is the best upgrade to my system that I have ever had. My whole system has come alive since my vinyl has been properly cleaned.

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I’ve been using my Velvet Vortex for over a week now.
Simple to use, I prefer to clean one LP at a time rather than load up with 2 or 3. 
Results have been excellent with distilled/deionised water and a little wetting agent.
I now plan try some different cleaning fluid as there are a number of suggestions in numerous forums on the Internet.
Further updates will follow once I have some results with different cleaning fluids. 

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First post on here, but felt compelled to do so after buying a machine off Tim. If you’re thinking about getting one I would definitely recommend it.

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a vinyl cleaner now for a while. I’d got a bit bored of cleaning by hand with distilled water; very messy, time consuming and with mixed results. The high price of many vinyl cleaners means I’d just put buying one off to another day. Then I saw this forum and got in touch with Tim. I’m pretty sure I could have had a go at doing something DIY, but the accuracy and neatness that Tim has achieved is exactly what is required here. Within a few days of contacting Tim I had everything shipped to me complete with instructions; very well packaged and with everything to get going straight away.

The main reasons for buying, as above, were to save time and the mess. I did not expect the results I have achieved. Records previously consigned to the “wish I hadn’t bought” section because they sounded poor instead of the VG or VG+ as advertised have been completely brought back to life as either VG+ or NM-. Having assumed a record was poor because of needle wear would appear to have been premature; some records once cleaned up are sounding as good as new…. literally unbelievable. 

Overall I am very impressed and pleased. It’s a lot less mess (no water everywhere), and I think you can probably clean between 30-50 records depending on how dirty they are. The good thing is if you get bored you can use the tap to pour the water back into a container (through a filter if you’re inclined) and then use again. 

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Ive had a few sessions with my more recalcitrant LPs and I can fully endorse this product I am particularly pleased with the improvement in general surface noise brought to my copy of Ummagumma. A friend was present for the for and after session on this Floyd double album and he was also impressed. My Nimbus pressing of Riki Lee Jones debut album has been languishing unplayed after being accidentally left open to the elements for over 6 months and that has been revitalised by this excellent machine.

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 Nearly bought a new copy of ‘The Wall’ on Saturday as Sainsbury’s are doing a bunch of LP’s on 2 for £25 including some double albums (The Wall being 1 of them) as my original copy is almost unlistenable due to crackles pops and just generally sounds ‘done’. Thought I’d give it a go in the Vortex to see what would happen but I wasn’t hopeful. It doesn’t play like new but what a difference, it’s actually now very listenable and this had been cleaned on an Okki several times in the past few years. Very impressed.

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I have been using this for six months or so. Utterly brilliant for the price. I can now listen to records my wife abused as a student. 

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Not many things in Hi-Fi are magical and just great, but the Velvet Vortex record cleaner is one.  Of all the things I have owned, this machine just does the job so damn well. It’s great price too, not many things I buy new, but this machine is a steal.  Well done Velvet Vortex.

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Another happy Velvet Vortex customer here. It turned up really quickly, and I’ve cleaned just over a hundred records so far. Once you’ve used it a couple of times, it really is easy to put 3 records on at a time, set it going for a few minutes, and go off and do something else while you wait for the cycle to finish.  Really happy, especially considering the price of the other ultrasonic record cleaners that are out there it is a bargain.

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The first thing in for a wash in my Velvet Vortex was LTJ Bukem’s Mystical Realms, as it as at the front of the first box out of storage. They’ve come out looking better than new, not a mark on them, totally astonishing.

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On my first evening with the Velvet Vortex I cleaned about ten or so… its quite easy to get your flow going.  I had a some really incredible results with some of my wife’s late 80’s shoe gaze indie, which despite having mould and finger prints everywhere now play and look like new! I was able to clean some of my early 90’s electronica and get some night and day results!