The VRC Method
The VRC Method uses VRC ESP to restore undamaged vinyl records to near perfect fidelity with either the full VRC System Kit or the smaller Mini Kit. VRC Kits are designed to make application of VRC ESP easy. They also provide a safe, convenient method of drying treated records.
The VRC System Kit, with its inherent support for batch processing up to 20 LPs at a time, is the ideal choice for restoring larger collections whilst VRC Mini is perfectly suited to more modest collections.
Whether your collection has been in storage for years and is only now about to see the light of day, has been in constant use, consists of only brand new records or is a composite of all ages, the VRC method with the appropriate ESP blend offers the perfect treatment to ensure fidelity and longer life for both records and stylus.
The VRC Method requires no electricity, premixing or changing of bathing solutions. There are no brushes or pads to replace as there is no harsh scrubbing as is common with cleaning machines. Each record treatment is discrete guaranteeing a perfect, identical result each time. Workspace required for the VRC Method, two square feet, is equivalent to a standard coffee table.
The VRC System Kit comprises the VRC Platter, VRC Stack Rack (caters for up to 20 records, either 7” and 12”), VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel (choose the ESP type for your requirement), a measuring cup and application brush, adhesive tape for dried film removal, VRC mini stickers to identify treated albums and the VRC Stylus Tip Cleaner, all in one convenient box.
The VRC Mini Kit comprises ESP Record Support Pucks, VRC Stack Rack (caters for up to 6 records, both 7” and 12”), VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel (210ml of your chosen ESP type), a measuring cup and application brush, adhesive tape for dried film removal and VRC mini stickers to identify treated albums in a convenient box.
Treatment of a 12” record requires 10ml of VRC ESP (5 ml per side).
The VRC Platter
The VRC Platter included in the VRC System Kit is specially designed to facilitate the efficient application of ESP and allows the treatment of both sides of a record in a single session. The platter uses two protective pucks to hold the record firmly in place. The platter is spun and ESP poured onto the revolving record surface, the brush then used to disperse the fluid. The pucks also serve to protect the record label from fluid over-application for both 7”and 12” records. The platter also doubles as a convenient work platform for peeling off the dried ESP film.
The VRC Stack Rack
The VRC Stack Rack concept provides for secure, convenient drying of treated records. The full VRC System Kit’s Stack Rack will hold up to 20 treated records (of any size) while the Mini Kit’s Stack Rack is designed to hold up to 6 treated records, again of any size. Importantly, either Stack Rack is easily moved even when fully loaded. Both Racks require only a single square foot of bench space and so are easily located out of harm’s way.
Drying time is shortened by placing the Stack Rack in a draught or using a fan to move air through the stacked records. Once the ESP has dried, each record would be returned to the platter for peeling. Peeling is facilitated using the adhesive tape included in each kit. The album is returned to its cover and a convenient VRC mini sticker applied to mark it as treated.
The VRC Stylus Tip Cleaner
An element in the VRC Method’s approach to complete record care, the VRC Stylus Tip Cleaner is used to safely remove dust from the stylus tip. Airborne dust as well the by-product of the stylus abrading every time a record is played will end up on the stylus and should be periodically removed. The VRC STC is an easy, safe and convenient method for maintaining a clean stylus, without the danger of chemicals which may affect the glue holding the actual stylus tip to the cantilever. The STC-TAK on the artefact is simply touched to the stylus, usually by placing the STC on the turntable under the cartridge and lowering the arm.