I’m an audiophile with 25 yrs of collecting high end stereo equipment (not that that means much to those who are not), but I eliminate crackles and pops in my vinyl with a few tools I‘ve amassed over time. I offer album cleaning services that are rather effective. First, I use my VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaner ($800) with VPI solution, and VinylZyme Gold enzyme cleaner. The HW-16.5 then suction vacuums the dirt and cleaners off of the record. Then I use my Audio Desk Pro Ultrasonic Record Cleaner ($3900) over a 6 minute clean and dry cycle. That does the trick in 99% of all cases. Then I place the treated vinyl in a MoFi inner sleeve that is anti-static, and return it. The owner of the vinyl would have to pay for return shipping as well. I normally do this for local record shops in AZ, since I usually take orders for 10-100 albums at a time, with a five-day turnaround.
I also offer the option of recording the album for you through a device I have called a SugarCube SC2 ($3000) to either a WAV or FLAC (Apple lossless) format onto a flash drive or microSD CARD (customer provided). The Sugarcube (SC1 and SC2) is a real-time noise (crackle and pop) remover, designed for vinyl. I have an extensive vinyl collection, and could possibly have your friend’s album in my collection already, but I would need to see that you already own the original, as I don’t like to rob artists of their royalties. All recordings are done via my customized VPI Scoutmaster Signature turntable ($3900) on an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze ($2399) cartridge/stylus. If you want to see a demo of the machines, I will include links…
VPI 16.5 Vacuum Record Cleaner -
SoundStage! Expert Record Care/Cleaning - 6) VPI (Mar. 2019)
Audio Desk Ultrasonic cleaner -
Ultrasonic Vinyl Cleaner PRO by Audio Desk Systeme
Sweetvinyl Sugarcube SC1 (my SC2 records)
The SugarCube SC-1 say bye-bye to pops and clicks on vinyl!
Sweetvinyl SugarCube SC2
SweetVinyl’s SC-1 and SC-2 Ready For Prime Time
VPI Scoutmaster Signature Turntable -
Julie London / Fly Me to the Moon (VPI Scoutmaster + ortofon MC10W)
Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge -
[Ortofon Cadenza Bronze + VPI Traveler surf vinyl wave …HA HA HA]
I am highly successful with vinyl cleaning noise reduction, yet the owner must understand that no cleaner can eliminate deep scratch noise from a scratched/highly damaged record. I also do not accept vinyl that has deep scratches/gashes as I do not want to damage my Ortofon Cadenza Bronze stylus. With the tools I have, I have restored records from Ebay that are listed in good/fair condition, saving me from having to buy higher-priced copies that are listed as excellent/mint condition. If you want the album recorded to files from the Sugarcube, it hasn’t met vinyl yet that it hasn’t conquered.
I know the prices of my audio equipment may seem exorbitant, but music is very important to me, particularly vinyl, as my family has a prominent recording history and career in the music industry.
If you are interested, I am open to contact.