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VinylBug - the vacuum powered vinyl record cleaning machine

VinylBug - the vacuum powered vinyl record cleaning machine

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: petg, hdpe, steel, microfiber, tpu

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From Fredonia, WI

Description

If you are into vinyl like we are, then you know how important clean records are. Clean vinyl enhances your listening experience and extends the longevity of your stylus.

Most collectors agree that a vacuum system that allows dirt an debris to sucked up and out of the record grooves is the most effective method. However almost all vacuum based systems are large and can cost as much as a high end turntable.

But the VinylBug record cleaning machine is different. Our system has been designed to be high quality, easy to use,and affordable.

What makes VinylBug special? VinylBug's cleaning arm includes our exclusive microfiber system that protects your valuable vinyl. It uses soft microfiber instead of cheap glued-on velvet strips or rough hook / loop fastener material found in other systems. The microfiber is easily cleaned and quickly replaced as often as you like. Did we mention our ball bearing spindle? Or the threaded record clamp that holds your delicate vinyl safely and securely? Our clamp and platter system touches the record only by it's label. This eliminates clean record surfaces from touching a dirty platter. The surfaces are foam padded to help seal out cleaning fluids that could damage your labels. Vacuum flow is adjustable via an airflow valve on the bottom of the unit.

How does VinylBug work? By using the power of a small wet / dry vac (not included), dirt and debris is sucked up and out of your records grooves.

What's included?
- VinylBug
- Two microfiber towels for pre-cleaning and scrubbing
- 45 rpm adapter
- Instructions and recommendations

What do buyers of VinylBug supply?
- Dirty records
- Record cleaning fluid
- Distilled water
- Small wet / dry vac with 1 1/4" hose
- Cleaning brushes of choice
- Replacement arm microfiber

How do you use VinylBug?
Step 1: Set up VinylBug on a table or counter top. You may want to protect your work area with a towel just in case you spill some cleaning fluid.
Step 2: Plug in your wet dry vac and connect it's 1 1/4" hose to VinylBug.
Step 3: Quickly pre-clean your first record with a damp microfiber towel just to remove loose dirt and debris.
Step 4: Place your record onto VinylBug's platter and secure with the threaded record clamp.
Step 5: Apply your record cleaning fluid of choice and gently brush with a soft bristle brush or another microfiber towel. Use VinylBug's record clamp to rotate the spindle as you gently scrub.
Step 6: Rotate VinylBug's cleaning arm into place and onto your record. Turn on your wet dry vac. Rotate VinylBug's spindle until all of the dirty cleaning fluid is sucked up and out of your records grooves. Side one is done!
Step 7: Flip over and repeat for side two! It's that easy!

Each VinylBug is made to order one at a time by Apples & String.

Each VinylBug is 3D printed in high strength PETG. VinylBug's base is fabricated out of 0.5" solid Black HDPE. With 3D Printing, there are always little variations in the print, they have small lines, and minor blemishes that do not harm the intended use of the product.

Scratch N Dent Listings will be fully functional items, which may have light scratches or dings in the HDPE bases or 3D printed parts. These are cosmetic flaws only, and will not affect the function of the items.
If you are into vinyl like we are, then you know how important clean records are. Clean vinyl enhances your listening experience and extends the longevity of your stylus.

Most collectors agree that a vacuum system that allows dirt an debris to sucked up and out of the record grooves is the most effective method. However almost all vacuum based systems are large and can cost as much as a high end turntable.

But the VinylBug record cleaning machine is different. Our system has been designed to be high quality, easy to use,and affordable.

What makes VinylBug special? VinylBug's cleaning arm includes our exclusive microfiber system that protects your valuable vinyl. It uses soft microfiber instead of cheap glued-on velvet strips or rough hook / loop fastener material found in other systems. The microfiber is easily cleaned and quickly replaced as often as you like. Did we mention our ball bearing spindle? Or the threaded record clamp that holds your delicate vinyl safely and securely? Our clamp and platter system touches the record only by it's label. This eliminates clean record surfaces from touching a dirty platter. The surfaces are foam padded to help seal out cleaning fluids that could damage your labels. Vacuum flow is adjustable via an airflow valve on the bottom of the unit.

How does VinylBug work? By using the power of a small wet / dry vac (not included), dirt and debris is sucked up and out of your records grooves.

What's included?
- VinylBug
- Two microfiber towels for pre-cleaning and scrubbing
- 45 rpm adapter
- Instructions and recommendations

What do buyers of VinylBug supply?
- Dirty records
- Record cleaning fluid
- Distilled water
- Small wet / dry vac with 1 1/4" hose
- Cleaning brushes of choice
- Replacement arm microfiber

How do you use VinylBug?
Step 1: Set up VinylBug on a table or counter top. You may want to protect your work area with a towel just in case you spill some cleaning fluid.
Step 2: Plug in your wet dry vac and connect it's 1 1/4" hose to VinylBug.
Step 3: Quickly pre-clean your first record with a damp microfiber towel just to remove loose dirt and debris.
Step 4: Place your record onto VinylBug's platter and secure with the threaded record clamp.
Step 5: Apply your record cleaning fluid of choice and gently brush with a soft bristle brush or another microfiber towel. Use VinylBug's record clamp to rotate the spindle as you gently scrub.
Step 6: Rotate VinylBug's cleaning arm into place and onto your record. Turn on your wet dry vac. Rotate VinylBug's spindle until all of the dirty cleaning fluid is sucked up and out of your records grooves. Side one is done!
Step 7: Flip over and repeat for side two! It's that easy!

Each VinylBug is made to order one at a time by Apples & String.

Each VinylBug is 3D printed in high strength PETG. VinylBug's base is fabricated out of 0.5" solid Black HDPE. With 3D Printing, there are always little variations in the print, they have small lines, and minor blemishes that do not harm the intended use of the product.

Scratch N Dent Listings will be fully functional items, which may have light scratches or dings in the HDPE bases or 3D printed parts. These are cosmetic flaws only, and will not affect the function of the items.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars (13)
  • ronkolster Feb 5, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    This thing is awesome! Great product, fast shipping, Unit does a wonderful job!
    VinylBug - the vacuum powered vinyl record cleaning machine
  • Daniel Jan 28, 2019
    5 out of 5 stars
    I researched record cleaning machines thoroughly, looking at all manner of products, from cheap plastic wands that attach to a shop-vac to expensive all-in-one vacuum machines. I decided on the VinylBug for several reasons: made by an independent and sold on Etsy, rather than a large company; excellent reviews on Etsy and various forums; separate, rather than integrated vacuum (for easy emptying/cleaning of the vac, flexibility to use for other projects, and easy replace-ability).

    VinylBug has not disappointed. The design is thoughtful and good-looking, the build quality is excellent - precise and heavier than I expected, the turntable and clamp are high quality, and it works as advertised.

    Highly recommended!
    I researched record cleaning machines thoroughly, looking at all manner of products, from cheap plastic wands that attach to a shop-vac to expensive all-in-one vacuum machines. I decided on the VinylBug for several reasons: made by an independent and sold on Etsy, rather than a large company; excellent reviews on Etsy and various forums; separate, rather than integrated vacuum (for easy emptying/cleaning of the vac, flexibility to use for other projects, and easy replace-ability).

    VinylBug has not disappointed. The design is thoughtful and good-looking, the build quality is...
    VinylBug - the vacuum powered vinyl record cleaning machine
  • Amanda Hancock Dec 7, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    I purchased this and several other items from this shop as a Christmas present for my husband. Everything was so wonderfully packaged, arrived quickly, and they threw in an lp as an added bonus. Thank you!
    VinylBug - the vacuum powered vinyl record cleaning machine
  • Bill Oct 13, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    I bought the VinylBug recently and am incredibly happy with it.
    I had a Nitty Gritty (Record Dr) manual RCM which I used for several years, but feel this improves on that in many ways:

    1. More positive clamp and better spin bearing, incredibly superior
    2. I don't have to flip to vac, can do wash + vac, | rinse + vac on one side w/o flipping
    3. Solid 45 adaptor, I only use occasionally, but...
    4. Having my choice of cloth material for wands and easy to change
    5. Choice of vacuum (I went with the Shop-Vac Micro)
    6. Having a second wand for rinse, and the arms lift off/on in an instant

    Everything about it is very well made, well thought out, well engineered , it checks all the boxes for me.

    My only want is for a 'holder' for my second arm wand to keep it clean. Highly recommended!
    I bought the VinylBug recently and am incredibly happy with it.
    I had a Nitty Gritty (Record Dr) manual RCM which I used for several years, but feel this improves on that in many ways:

    1. More positive clamp and better spin bearing, incredibly superior
    2. I don't have to flip to vac, can do wash + vac, | rinse + vac on one side w/o flipping
    3. Solid 45 adaptor, I only use occasionally, but...
    4. Having my choice of cloth material for wands and easy to change
    5. Choice of vacuum (I went with the Shop-Vac Micro)
    6. Having a second wand for rinse, and the arms lift off/on in an...
    VinylBug - the vacuum powered vinyl record cleaning machine

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