I`ve tried most, if not all, of the manual methods and, without exception, they arevery poorwhen compared to the results from a vacuum based RCM
with a goodquality cleaning solution.
I realise that it is beyond what you are looking to spend, but you will always be doing things by half until you get there.
I disagree. I think this overstates it. Done with care and patience the manual methods can bepretty much as effective as the VPI/Moth/Clearaudio style machines (which I have used), the problem is you do need to be meticulous and you do need to spend a lot more time on it. That the machines save a lot of time and effort is undoubtedly true.
The method of getting the dirt out and into solution is pretty much the same. A brush and liquid - the only difference is that you are moving the brush round rather than a machine moving it for you. The method of removing the dirty solution is the big difference
, but there is no reason why rinsing properly with dfistilled water (not tap water) and (very importantly) making sure that once rinsed you only use a clean microfibre cloth (keeping a stock in hand if you doing a few records), it shouldn't be pretty much as effective, andin practice it is.
At times over the years I've had a machine to hand and not had a machine to hand. I wouldn't have said there was anything much in it in terms of how clean the records were either visibly or audibly using either method, but I know if I had a lot to do I'd want a machine ... and some ear defenders.
Now I can't speak for the Monks and Loricraft machines, other than that looking at the way they work on a groove by groove basis, in theory they should be the perfect method. Bloody expensive though.