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  1. 1 minute ago, DizRotus said:


    Try experimenting with the ratio of PVA to distilled water, as well as adjusting the aclohol content.  The viscosity should be like moderately thick syrup.  In the beginng it's better to use too much than too little.  With practice you'll hit the sweet sdpot.

    I’ll try the Part 1 treatment and let you know what I find. And yeah, I need to remake the formula because it’s way too thin!



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  2. 10 minutes ago, DizRotus said:

    As I've said repeatedly,  IMO, and according to the late great Reg Williamson,  STATIC IS THE KEY.  Therefore, an anti-static agent such as Cyastat SN, or a sutiable alernative, is necessary.  The following post by @canyonman in another cleaning thread is instructive.

      On 10/18/2018 at 1:21 PM, DizRotus said:

    Does anyone have experience combining CYASTAT SN (or similar anti-static agent) with an ultrasonic, or other liquid based, cleaning system?


    My suspicions is that it would act on static the same way it does in the Reg Williamson PVA peel system.  My curiosity does not tempt me to experiment with my precious supply CYASTAT SN, when the PVA peel system works so well for me.

    I am and have been using one drop of Cyastat SN in 4oz of Alcohol in 80oz of distilled water in my ultrasonic machine, works great!!!

    Would this be the formula for a simple spray on cleaner as described in Part 1? I have some very clean LPs I wish I could just destaticize. Maybe I should use the part 1 formula? 


    I made my part 2 cleaner/destaticizer but I think I may have accidentally added too much alsohol. It’s really runny and has been difficult to apply to an LP.

  3. 3 minutes ago, Mallette said:

    Yes, that's it. Couldn't recall if I'd put it up or not but apparently didn't. I have decided to hunt down copies of the other 11 volumes of the RCA Jazz Encyclopedia. The one I posted is really great stuff well transcribed from 78s. 


    Let me know if you need me to fix other photos, I'll repair them in Photoshop CC and I'll send them back to you.



  4. 2 hours ago, Mallette said:

    Okies, here's the other two. Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, Decca DL5279 from 1950 and RCA LEJ2, Volume 2 of the RCA Victor Encyclopedia of Recorded Jazz from 1956. Both are 10' LPs, the Armstrong being NAB equalized and the other RIAA. I recorded them at 24/88.2 but the files here are maximum quality MP3 (320kbps constant bit rate) to save Klipsch server space. 


    I found the RCA one of the best 78 transfers I've ever heard. The Beiderbecke recording that is first is from 1930 and is REALLY quiet and clean. The piano from the 40s by Barbara Carroll is the best piano of that age I've ever heard and better than a lot of modern recordings. I have the bug to hunt down some Beiderbecke records to see if any of the originals sound as good as this transfer. As Louis Armstrong said "All de cats done tried, but ain't nobody blowed like him yet!" And he meant even himself. Nobody played with the effortless grace of Bix and he invented almost all the jazz licks used by Louis and jazz trumpeters ever since. Incredible composer and pianist as well, with "In a Mist" being one of his best.





    I fixed up a cover photo in case you needed it.


    I cannot believe how great those transfers sound, it really is incredible! 


    Thank you so much, Dave, for taking the trouble and uploading, and everything you did to make them.


    Just incredible!!



    Louie Fixed.jpg

  5. 7 hours ago, DizRotus said:



    Your Cyastat SN went in the mail yesterday.  Please let me know when it arrives.


    Please follow the recipe and directions exactly if you want the results described by Reg Williamson and Dave Mallette @Mallette.  Some have tried to modify the process with limited success.  Feel free to call with questions.  I’m happy to shorten your learning curve.



    Thank you, Neil! I'll let you know when it arrives :)

  6. 2 minutes ago, Mallette said:

    Okies...will soon put up a wav recording from my latest MMG treatment and success. 1950 recording of Artie Shaw's Gramercy 5. I think it will speak for itself. Bought at a flea market and it had clearly been played and was quite visibly dirty. At the moment it sounds better than most modern recordings.  Have a 1951 Louis Armstrong being treated and will wait on it before making  full report.




    OMG, I cannot wait to hear this! Wow 😮 

  7. Thanks Mallette, for your input! I can’t wait to get all the ingredients and make up a batch. 


    I have LPs that I’ve lugged all over the world (lived in Europe for 9 years and Asia for one year) and never listened to them until two months ago! 


    So, I’ve been building my library, which is a lot of fun...and playing LPs scratches my OCD itch 😅


    Articles and everything in this thread have taught me a lot, especially the negative effects of static on LPs and styli. It explains why crazy ideas such as WD-40 seem to work, but who knows what the other ingredients will do to the component parts of an LP.


    ill be especially excited to share my findings with the Hi-Fi enthusiasts here in San Antonio.


    Thanks, Dave, Neil and every contributor to this thread! 

  8. DizRotus, I've read every word of this entire thread (which is impressive) and I've read every word in the recipe and TAA article.


    I have some very important albums to clean up and this seems to be the best way ever created to do this. I've scoured the "Record Revirginizer" website for clues to whether or not it is the same formulation, but there just isn't enough information.


    I am so very grateful to you and the others who have contributed to this amazing thread with some of the best information ever gathered on record preservation and cleaning, and I need to know if you still have any CYASTAT SN left, and if so can I follow the instructions in 109 to get some from you?


    My biggest question is about how to "soft boil" in a pyrex double glass boiler. I'm not sure how you place your glass vase, in the water, or on top of something perforated to allow boiling without the water touching the glass?


    For what it's worth, I'm a part time member of the San Antonio Symphony and I'm in the San Antonio Brass Band (Soprano Cornettist) and the San Antonio Wind Symphony and I'm on the board of directors for both of those groups as well. So, music is a big part of my life, nothing but family, my friends and my dog are more important to me.


    Again, thanks for the information and your contributions!

    David M.


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