And, what were the results of my record washing efforts? I'm not sure.... :( I was able to get rid of visible fingerprints and dust\/dirt, but many don't look great.\n\nBear in mind, almost all of the records I have were played on a POS record player that my mom had. I'm sure that didn't help. As kids, we had free reign on playing Mom's records and we were less than careful. \n\nThere are a handful - mine - that were played on a Realistic turntable that was just a step up from my mom's POS that I had as a teenager. Those are in very good condition and even they have a bit of "rice crispy" noise, but very minimal, mainly a bit between tracks. \n\nThe records my mom gave me are...so far...not so good. \n\nThis record is very special to me. It's the one that got me hooked on classical music when I was 12 or 13 years old. When I pulled it from it's sleeve (there wasn't an inner one) the scuffs and scratches jumped out at me. After cleaning it and drying it, I put it on the TT. The crackling was continuous and not subtle. I don't know if there is anything I can do with it. It doesn't skip - that's about the best thing I can say about it.\n\n\n\nI had better luck with this one. It's not perfect, but it's certainly listenable. \n\n\n\nThe best-sounding records I've played so far were Cheap Trick's first album, which never got much playing time before I left home and Dan Fogelberg's Greatest Hits (one of my sisters must have had that one). I still have a lot to sort through. There's about 140 albums, some with multiple LPs.