Thursday, June 02, 2011
Since the advent of optical devices we seem to have forgotten that media playback used to require maintainence. Kits come in two basic types, both use denatured isopropyl alcohol to clean but one has a little hand hand-scrubber and the other a scrubber built into playback device that will contact the head. There are a number of kits still made today by Epson, Maxell, Chemtronics, Sony, Phillips, Panasonic, Cannon, JVC and others.
Personally I've always preferred a Q-tip. They're cheap, plentiful and you can buy the ones on long wooden sticks so they can reach everything. If you take thsi as a reminder to clean your heads, do recall that there will be up to three of them, write, erase and playback. Don't skip any, and do remember to blow out the dust with canned air before you begin.