Introduction Earlier this year, I ventured in to the vinyl world with a U-Turn Orbit. I've felt that this transition was inevitable as I've listened to friends' turntables and reel to reel tape rigs over the years. And in the entry level of the vinyl world, I've found that having an easy and effective way to clean records is one of the best things you can do for your system. For the first few months that I had my turntable, I was driving down to my friend's house to clean my records on his VPI HW-16.5 record cleaner. This worked well, but I eventually wanted to get something of my own to clean records with. The VPI is nice, but I wanted something a little less expensive. After a little bit of research, I purchased the squeakycleanvinyl.com MK-III record cleaning machine. If there's a more palatable name for this guy out there, I'm not aware of it. I'll refer to it as the MK-III from here on out. Here’s the link to the unit I have: Ambiguously Named Record Cleaning Machine Website What's Included With this, you'll get the 3D printed record cleaner with vacuum attachment, record center weight, a 7" record adapter, a 10" record adapter, a cleaning "brush", and a microfiber cloth. I paid about 125 USD to for this shipped to the US from Canada. What's Not Included You'll need a small shop-vac style vacuum. I found a suitable one at Target for about 25 USD. You'll also want two spray bottles for the cleaning solution and rinse. This was about another 5 USD. For the cleaning solution I use about 1/3 70 isopropyl alcohol, 2/3 distilled water, and a drop or two of Dawn dish soap. For the rinse, I use 100% distilled water. Pro-tip: Do not used colored plastic bottles. The dye from color from the color of the bottle may seep into your solution and stain your white or lighter records. I was going to differentiate my rinse and cleaning solution by bottle color and stained a white record with purple spots! Overview The video on squeakycleanvinyl.com does a solid job at giving an introduction to the features and use of the MK-III. All of the 3D printed parts fit together well and are of great quality for the price. Using the wash and rinse method, it takes me about four to five minutes clean both sides of a record. The cleaning solution takes quite a few passes to be completely picked up by the vacuum, while the rinse pass comes up completely in about two passes. In comparison, it takes me under two minutes to clean a record on the VPI. As an example to the effectiveness of the MK-III, I found a what I’m assuming is an original copy of Eddie Money’s self-titled album at Goodwill for one dollar. Both the record sleeve and the record were covered in mold on both sides, but with the exception of the mold, the rest of the record looked like it was in great shape. You can see the mold damage on the upper right hand corner of the sleeve and on the record itself. To clean this record, I made two changes: I let the cleaning solution soak for about 30 seconds and I used a microfiber cloth instead of the brush on cleaning portion. In about five minutes, the record above looked like this: Overall, this record sounds great. There’s a little sleeve wear on the record, but it surprisingly doesn’t show much on playback. A few of the other one dollar records I picked up from Goodwill on the same day look immaculate but sound like someone drug a nail as a stylus across the record for its life. Suggestion for Future Revisions I get the impression that the MK-III was the result of feedback from previous generations. At this price point, the main thing I would change is material on the bottom of the center weight. The material on the bottom is some sort of spongy rubber that absorbs water or cleaning solution easily. I'd rather this be silicone instead. My second recommendation would be to give the device a distinct name. The hardest part of writing this was deciding what I’d call it. perhaps 'Canfab3D MK-III Record Cleaner’ or 'Squeaky Clean Vinyl MK-III Record Cleaner’. Summary For around 150 USD all in, I doubt you could do better for an entry level record cleaning machine. The MK-III cleans records just as well as the VPI I’ve used, but takes a little longer to clean each record.