I'm also at a small/medium public library.
Two years ago we purchased a VenMill 3500 buffing unit. It was not
inexpensive (about $1800 through Baker & Taylor) but has more than paid
for itself. It does a great job cleaning and repairing all of our DVDs
and CDs. It uses a different process than many other machines, in that
it does not strip off the top layer but rather fills in the scratches.
I'm not a techy, so will not try to go into further detail and get it
One of the many selling points for us on this machine is the ease of
use. There is no water to add; nothing to clean... it is practically a
one-button process with no mess. We are extremely pleased with this
Technical Services Librarian
C.H. Booth Library
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
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