A truely rotten record i bought 2nd hand a long time ago. i used to brush it with those carbon brushes, wased it with palmolive soap & soft cloth and also tried the “knosti” cleaning machine before i finally got me a Hannl Micro vacuum record cleaning machine (similar to Nitty Gritty, Vpi, Keith Monks or the really cheap KAB) and made some experiences: Nearly every record sounds a bit more brilliant after washing (also brand new ones sometimes) – Real scratches oviously can’t be repaired but: There is deep groove dirt which can cause pops or even skips that vacuum record cleaners can reach while other conventional methods fail! Here’s an example what a vacuum machine can do what a velvet brush or a dishwashing detergent can’t!!
Most club owners don’t care about a decent dj booth. That was always the case and since digital got more and more standard, a proper set up turntable became a true rarity. Seen the strangest constuctions (such as the wobbly “freefloat absorber”), a pile of toilet paper rolls or half squash-balls under each 1210-foot to name a few. All of them not really a solution. I started searching for a useful gadget that works and is sized suitable for transport i found those “Media Shock Resonance Absorbers“. What can I say: They do their job! In some locations you can’t help at all anymore but in most cases they kill bass feedback efficiently. And at ca. €20,00 they are really not overpriced.
This is the only stylus-case i ever found in a no-nonsense size for traveling. You can download the data from thingiverse.com and get it printed on any 3D printer. I have this case since 2013 and can’t complain at all. 3D online print services are all over the place nowadays, so if you don’t have access to a printer you’ll find a company.