|Nitty Gritty Record Cleaning Machines
We've been advocates of the Nitty Gritty machines for a long, long time. They remain the most affordable alternative to the flashy mega-buck machines that, for the most part, aren't any better at cleaning your LPs than the Nitty Grittys. The main difference in Nitty Grittys line-up is the level of automation. The basic Model 1 and Model 2 offering the least automation (i.e., you turn the record, you apply the fluid) and the top-of-the-line Model Mini-Pro 1 and 2 automating the fluid application, record scrubbing, and vaccuming both sides of the LP at the same time.
|At left, the Model Mini-Pro (in special Jatoba wood cabinet).
At right, the Model 1.5 in black vinyl woodgrain cabinet.
|Why a Vacuum-based Record Cleaning System?
Everyone who owns records must know by now that records need to be maintained in a clean condition in order to sound their best and to preserve the quality of their fragile surfaces. There are all sorts of pads and fluids for this purpose out there and they operate on a number of different theories and principles, but they all have one thing in common: unless they use a vacuum system to suck up the solutions they use, they do NOT totally clean all the pollutants from record grooves. They leave film, grease, residue, micro dust, static electricity, carbon fiber hair, and mold release compounds behind. These remaining pollutants prevent the record owner from hearing all the music on the record, regardless of the quality of the playback system! And they cause premature wear of the record and phono stylus.
Records cleaned on a Nitty Gritty system reproduce all the music stored in their grooves without the interference and masking of record pollutants. The improvement in sound that a Nitty Gritty cleaning makes is so dramatic that the benefit of upgrading one component [of a hi-fi system] is less significant by comparison. The Nitty Gritty record cleaning system has established itself as an essential component in every hi-fi system.
|Here's the latest addition to Nitty Gritty's stable: The 2.5 Fi-XP
In case you haven't already noticed, the "XP" stands for "extra pump". Why would you need this? Simple. Many of us collect not only LPs but 78s, some of which are not vinyl but stuff like shellac, a material that doesn't take well to standard LP-cleaning fluids.Having a second reservoir (and pumping plunger) gives you the flexibility to move from one to the other without fuss. A brilliant solution!.
|NOTE: When switching fluids in the XP please remember that it will take approximately 5 pumps to clear the injector of the first fluid. Either use those five pumps (by depressing the plunger on the alternate pump) on the second side of the record, or just pump the second plunger five times to clear the other fluid from the injector.|
|Nitty Gritty prices: (effective January 2017)|
|Model 1 (manual application of fluid, brushing and LP rotation during vacuuming - black vinyl cabinet: $476.00
Model 2 (same features as Model 1 but solid oak cabinet): $545.00
Record Master 1 (same manual operation as Model 1 using an adapter for LPs. 45s, & 78s - black vinyl cabinet: $508.00
Record Master 2 (same as Record Master 2 but in solid oak cabinet): $575.00
Model 1.5 (automatic scrubbing and rotation - black vinyl cabinet): $755.00
Model 2.5 (same as 1.5 in solid oak): $827.00
Model 1.5 Fi (same as Model 1.5 but adds automatic fluid apllication - black vinyl): $913.00
Model 2.5 Fi (same as 1.5 Fi in solid oak): $989.00
Model 2.5 Fi-XP (same as 2.5 with extra fluid reservoir and plunger - standard oak or cherry-finished oak): $1088.00
Model Mini-Pro 1 (same as 2.5 Fi but cleans both sides of LP simultaneously - black vinyl): $1321.00
Model Mini-Pro 2 (same as Mini-Pro 1 in solid oak): $1421.00
All oak cabinets also available in Dark Cherry finish at no additional charge
|We also carry Nitty Gritty parts and accessories, including record sleeves and cleaning fluids. Call for pricing.|