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BUGGTUSSEL - VYNAL ZYME GOLD - AMAZING RECORD CLEANER AND CD CLEANER SOLUTION ....NEW TO QUEST FOR SOUND

Your grooves contain musical treasures. They are valuable and in many cases, irreplaceable. Whether shellac or vinyl, symphonic, jazz, rock, or a style that defies classification, you want to experience your grooves to their fullest. Accurate reproduction requires proper contact between your stylus and groove. Unfortunately, every room has a continuous supply of contaminants competing for that contact space. Moisture, dust, and air pollution (to name a few) precipitate onto your grooves. These contaminants not only get in the way, they provide food and a haven for bacteria and fungi (molds and mildew) which will attach to and grow in your grooves (Figure 1). Must you tolerate clicks, pops and grungy fingerprint smears?

Let Vinyl-Zyme Gold free you!

Conventional record cleaning solutions are based on alcohol solvents and/or surfactants. These solutions may effectively dissolve most oily and fatty contaminants but, seldom will they break and remove microbiological attachment sites, even with aggressive scrubbing. These attachment structures are protein/carbohydrate complexes, excreted by the microbe to facilitate its anchorage to the substrate (groove) where it plans to live. Alcohol solvents and surfactants do not dissolve protein or carbohydrate complexes. They can actually denature these microbial structures, enhancing adherence to your grooves (Figure 2). Thus, grit can be left behind that is harder than ever to remove. Worst yet, this grit can be burnished into those precious grooves during playback and it may serve as signals to initiate fresh microbial attachment and growth, which you do not want!

Vinyl-Zyme Gold is an aqueous solution of preformed, natural enzymes. Its enzymatic action mimics the biological digestion process to break microbial attachment. Vinyl-Zyme Gold leaves your grooves cleansed, non-attractive to dust and other forms of aerial contamination, and non-supportive of microbial growth (Figure 3). Fungi and bacteria will not attach to and grow on a surface this clean.

Even though Vinyl-zyme Gold will not reverse record damage (nothing does), it will help prevent the collection fo contamination on your stylus and deter the future buildup of problematic abrasive grit that will damage your grooves.

Vinyl-Zyme Gold contains no alcohol, detergents, or other man-man chemicals, making it non-toxic and environmentally friendly. It is safe and effective on plastic and glass substrates that are not attacked by water. Vinyl-Zyme Gold is safe for everyday use on vinyl or shellac discs, as well as CDs and DVDs.

Vinyl-Zyme Gold is available in three concentrations: Regular, Extra Strength and Concentrate:
Regular: Everyday use, general disc cleaning, or if a record vacuum system is not available.
Extra Strength: 4 times the deep cleansing enzyme activity of Regular strength, for more rapid deep cleansing.
Concentrate: Concentrated Vinyl-Zyme Gold that can be used to prepare both Regular and Extra Strength mixes.
Enjoy your cleansed grooves!

REVIEWS ____
Record cleaning is one of the dirty undersides of being an analogphile: You're bound to find stuff on your LPs that needs to be removed at least occasionally. My own collection of LP cleaning solutions looks like an EPA Superfund site. Great controversy swirls around the question of the best record cleaner. While there does seem to be general agreement that alcoholbased solutions are risky for the safety of vinyl, that is the end of any consensus. Conversations can quickly become unfriendly when the matter is discussed; you'd be safer discussing religion or politics.

LPs are not unlike your carpet: No single cleaner will remove every type of stain. You'll probably need a variety of cleaners, because a variety of contaminants will plague you.

Enter Buggtussel Vinyl-Zyme Gold, an enzyme-based cleaner derived from plants by Kevin L. Blair. It's available in two strengths. The extra-strength version is intended for first-time cleaning, and that's what is under test here. There is also a regular strength product intended for maintaining cleanliness. It's easy to useÑjust spray on and vacuum off.

I tried the cleaner on LPs of varying conditions. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that it's possible to conduct a scientific evaluation of record cleaners. After all, it's difficult to maintain a control unless the records are intentionally soiled with a known entity; even then, the assumption would be that the records were the same at the outset. So any results have to be interpreted as unscientific.

Buggtussel did indeed help remove severe soiling. However, it had no success at all with the apparent fingerprint that mars a classic Paul Butterfield album of mine which is a "worst case" subject, and it also failed at removing dirt from a yard-sale Shaded Dog find. Of course, I don't know exactly what that dirt is, or if anything else could do better.

What Buggtussel did do was remove stains from a handful of discs where n-o-t-h-i-n-g I had used before - including most of the well-known cleaners and even the devil's own dreaded alcohol - had been successful. So, Buggtussel might work for you if you find yourself in the possession of a few, uh, dirty dogs. In no case did it appear to inflict any damage, and the manufacturer claims that it is completely safe and non-toxic.

Most records are not visibly dirty on casual inspection, and that includes most new records. Nevertheless, most of these, too, will benefit from a thorough cleaning. They will play quieter when clean, and it's common to hear not only cleaner highs and a purer midrange, but an improvement in imaging and soundstage that is not at all subtle - the degree of improvement is commonly of the same order as making an upgrade of your preamplifier. The difference is immediately obvious. The only truly clean records are those you have personally cleaned yourself.

I also re-cleaned a few Buggtussel-washed discs with my regular fluid just to see if there was any audible difference that might suggest that Buggtussel left a residue. I honestly couldn't tell the difference between the two. Since the cost of admission to the Buggtussel cure is low enough to justify the risk, I suggest you experiment with a bottle.

- Curtis Leeds
- Ultimate Audio, Winter 2000

Vinyl-Zyme Gold is available in three concentrations:

Regular, Extra Strength and Concentrate:
Regular: Everyday use, general disc cleaning, or if a record vacuum system is not available.
Extra Strength: 4 times the deep cleansing enzyme activity of Regular strength, for more rapid deep cleaning

Concentrate: Concentrated Vinyl-Zyme Gold that can be used to prepare both Regular and Extra Strength mixes.

Vinyl-Zyme Extra Strength 2oz---$14.99