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Thread: Project VC-S MK2 RCM - Review

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    Default Project VC-S MK2 RCM - Review

    Well, you're probably wondering why there's a picture of an Okki Nokki instead of the Pro-Ject VC-S MK2

    I'll explain,

    The first unit arrived from Juno and was quickly review as being very good. Unfortunately, my very limited experience of RCMs meant I'd not realised there was an issue with the vacuum function. The lps were taking 10 to 20 rotations to remove the cleaning fluid and regardless of adjustment to the platter height, I couldn't get it to function any better.

    I returned the unit and a replacement was sent. This one arrived damaged to a corner and I then reluctantly agreed to a partial refund to keep the unit. I set it up and cleaned a couple of records. The vacuum was strong and it was touch dry in 3-4 rotations. However, there was an issue. The spindle was loose. The records rock back and forth and side to side. I contacted Juno and informed them of this. A full refund was offered but no replacement was offered. Obviously they didn't want to keep paying postage in both directions and then having faulty stock to shift so I agreed the refund.

    I decided to get some advice on where to go next. The recommendation was the Okki Nokki MK2. I bought one (435 at HiFiX) and it's cleaned 30 lps without issue. Record is dry on 3 rotations and I'm over the moon with it. Well worth saving up a bit extra.

    Everything from the packaging to the build quality is better. I wholeheartedly recommend getting an Okki Nokki.

    I won't touch anything else from Pro-Ject. More trouble than it's worth.

    Juno.co.uk, were fantastic.
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    Got one of those for Xmas, I found it a little messy (or maybe that's just me) but effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    Got one of those for Xmas, I found it a little messy (or maybe that's just me) but effective.
    Messy when I put too much fluid on but when I get that right it's spot on. Very effective.
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    You shouldn't leave records out of their sleeves like that - they'll get dusty you know ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by julesd68 View Post
    You shouldn't leave records out of their sleeves like that - they'll get dusty you know ...
    I'll have to clean it!!!
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    A good rcm is an absolute must if your serious about records. My moth is still going strong and cost nothing on parts etc since I got it many years ago. Making your own fluid reduces costs further
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    A good rcm is an absolute must if your serious about records. My moth is still going strong and cost nothing on parts etc since I got it many years ago. Making your own fluid reduces costs further
    You're right Grant. I hadnt realised how important it is to have one untill I started spinning some clean vinyl. I won't be without one again!
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    The best way I found with mine is to drop the spindle to it's lowest level, 2/3 revolutions and the records dry
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    Drop the spindle? Do tell!
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Moses View Post
    The best way I found with mine is to drop the spindle to it's lowest level, 2/3 revolutions and the records dry
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    Small alan key under the bottom clamp (you may have to unscrew the bottom clamp to get to it) it shouldn't take that many revs to dry, you could be adding static
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