Jared, Given that you're interested in cheap but not TOO cheap, I'll pipe up to say that I recently purchased a JFJ EasyPro Plus unit to take care of our DVD cleaning/minor disc repair needs. Which is to say, on an as-needed basis, not on a "we routinely clean everything" basis. I've only had it for a couple of months, but so far, it's been good. Cost is about $125.
Susan Albrecht -----Original Message----- From: videolib-boun...@lists.berkeley.edu [mailto:videolib-boun...@lists.berkeley.edu] On Behalf Of Seay, Jared Alexander Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:50 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Videolib] Recommendations on DVD scratch/repair machine or system Thanks for the response. Looks like the RTI machines have more chatter so far. We just received a flyer to purchase a VMI Hybrid machine for a "mere" $1,600.00. Though it is probably a good investment, that sounded a bit steep. But, then one does get what one pays for usually. So, I want to optimize our purchase with the best machine for the least money. But, I don't want to go "cheap." In the past we have use the standard manual disc scratch remover things for about $30 bucks or so. Mixed results with that. Not really satisfactory. Mike, you recommend the VMI over the RTI machine. Does it really do a better job? Is it more reliable? I assume it might at least be more durable. Thanks for the info. Jared Jared Alexander Seay Reference Librarian Head, Media Collections Addlestone Library College of Charleston Charleston SC 29424 Main Office: 843-953-1428 blogs.cofc.edu/seayj/ Media Collections: 843-953-8040 blogs.cofc.edu/media collections Addlestone Report: blogs.cofc.edu/addlestonereport Reference Services: blogs.cofc.edu/refblog VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.