So you people have corrupted me with this vinyl things has getting my interest.
I have been able to borrow my friends Technics SL-1200M3D for a while, since he does not seem to want to be a DJ any more. My father says he doesn't want his 500+ records any more, and would be glad to free up the space. There is alot of classical, some rock like the Beach Boys (original release of Pet's sounds), a couple mono prints of the Beatles... Should be fun and get some diversity into my listening. I have also been browsing some of the online shops, and a couple of local stores too. I have gotten a some new records already (and even more on the way), and I am amazed with the sound I am able to get with this entry level setup. It's great! I am also looking into a different cartridge for the table too.
So the problem is that the old records are noisy/dirty. And I don't know what I am doing in terms of how to get them clean. I know that I could blow $500+ on a record cleaning machine, but I can't do that right after blowing my wad on my lsi speakers and having a wedding coming up in the fall :D I have a carbon fiber brush coming in just a couple of days but I think that is mainly good dry brushing before playing.
I think many of the old record are in pretty good condition, shinny, no finger prints or scratches. The one things that could have been done to them was played a good bit with a poor needle, I think that's the kinda thing my father was likely not to change/maintain the best. So I don't know if there is much damage to the track.
So what I need help with is how can I cheaply start cleaning these records to know if they are going to be worth much of an investment to clean them all and stuff? What other tips/recommendations do people have to restore/maintain them?