Micha – if you are happy with your vinyl that’s all that really matters. You really don’t need any advice from an old cynic like me!
Back in the day I had vinyl based systems to make grown men weep. They all suffered from the same fundamental problem i.e. vinyl as a medium for carrying music was terrible. I’m sure your water/alcohol mix is a wonder fluid but all it is doing is dissolving the crud and allowing the stylus to deposit it more evenly over the grooves.
I’m sure, fresh out of its (anti static?) sleeve the 12 “ is a aural marvel. Give it a couple of (Mc) dozen plays and see where we are with the static and dust free golden warm vinyl sound. (Golden, warm = distortion)
I take all this talk of vinyl revival with an enormous pinch of black plastic salt. A desperate attempt to look alternative and retro for many I fear. Once past the initial nostalgia how many trendys get fed up with the “wear and tear” aspect that is inevitable following heavy rotation a pristine new disc.
Yes - sadly a fact that one day you will put on your beloved Subby Vinyl and whilst digging the grooves you will be taken back to the seventies as you hear a new bit that goes “ Belly first... first ....first .... first ... first....first ( repeat until you thump the table)
Don’t get me wrong – CD has limitations and is hardly indestructible but I cannot mourn vinyls passing any more that shedding a tear for VHS.