Stand: 12. Mai 2005

Percy Wilson

Die Methode, Schallplatten durch Punktförmige Absaugung durch eine (PTFE-)Düse und eine Vacuum-Pumpe zu reinigen, geht auf Percy Wilson (den Herausgeber des "Gramophone Magazine") in den 60er Jahren zurück - der einige grundlegende Artikel zum Thema veröffentlichte und einen Prototyp der Öffentlichkeit vorführte. 

Maschinen, die auf dieser Idee beruhen, werden von zwei verschiedenen britschen Firmen gebaut:

Die Lori verzichtet dabei auf einen motorischen Fadenvorschub (was kein Problem ist), Pumpen und Behälter für die Waschflüssigkeit (was etwas weniger komfortabel ist), und auf eine am Gerät montierte Reinigunsbürste (was bei dem Preis unverständlich ist, da man nach ein par Platten einen Krampf in der (linken) Hand bekommt und auch kaum ermöglicht, den "Flohmarkt-Problemfällen" Zeit zu geben, das sich der Dreck durch Flüssigkeit und Rotation unter der Bürste langsam lösen kann).

see Percy Wilsons "Gramophone Handbook", Methuen 1957, pp. 110 'Washing Records'

It was at Maidenhead that he first saw an idea by the then editor of 'Gramophone' Percy Wilson develop into a record cleaning machine.
Only 5 were made, before they went into liquidation.
The suppliers and staff suggested that Keith form his own company and take over the products.

Meanwhile, Keith bought out a company who were making the tone arms and TCL's and in the new factory took over production of the Record Cleaning Machine.
Sales increased and the Company appointed agents to most markets in the Audio World.

"The idea behind the Loricraft PRC isn't really new-and Terry O'Sullivan, who owns and operates Garrard/Loricraft, acknowledges this and gives full credit to his forebears. In particular, the late Percy Wilson described a machine like the PRC3 in Gramophone Magazine some time ago. And the earliest commercial product of this sort appeared way back in the 1970s, that decade when men began spending as much on their hairdos as women and when scientists first discovered the usefulness of atomic power in reanimating the dead. (I admit that the not-so-classic film Frankenstein 1970 continues to influence my thinking to a disproportionate degree! The latter was the Keith Monks RCM, made by the same Keith Monks who once made a tonearm that used troughs of mercury for electrical continuity, because even delicate wires impeded the arm's movement too much. How can you not love something like that?"

A bit of history . . .
The Loricraft PRC3 is based on the work of the late Percy Wilson, Technical Editor of the Gramophone Magazine in England. The prototype (hand made) machine was demonstrated at the Buxton Hi-fi show in the 1960's and drew quite a bit of attention for it's ability to thoroughly clean a record. This scheme has since been used by two companies in similar products.

Q. I know of another record cleaning machine (also made in the U.K.) that is almost three times the price of the Loricraft. Does it do a better job?

A. Both the Loricraft and the Keith Monks record cleaners were developed from the invention of Percy Wilson in 1968. Both machines are made in England and use the same, identical method of cleaning a record. The Loricraft slogan “Nothing cleans more thoroughly than the Loricraft” is backed by a 30 day money back guarantee.

and the (relatively) more sanely priced, British-made Loricraft at $1800. The Keith Monks machine has often been heralded as the best record cleaning device ever produced, but since it is no longer available, the Loricraft PRC-3F, which is based upon the Keith Monks, may be the best record cleaning machine you can buy.

The Keith Monks machine dates back to the 60s (I've asked this question before—where has all the progress gone?), when Percy Wilson, British Grammophone magazine editor at the time, showed the public a working prototype of this now classic design.

Thus we come to the Loricraft. This unit's cleaning mechanism is based on a prototype first produced in the 60's by Percy Wilson who was a technical editor for Grammophone Magazine. Unlike most other machines which use a high vacuum motor with a brush that covers the entire surface of the record, but does not extend down into the grooves,....

Record Cleaner - Our commitment to vinyl reproduction is shown by the development of the Loricraft PRC2, Professional Record Cleaner, which has been shipped direct to enthusiasts and businesses all over the world. It is based on the original Percy Wilson design developed and used at the BBC record library. We have also developed a more compact version which utilise the same basic design principles and cleaning effectiveness - the Loricraft PRC3