Cleaning Solutions

Once upon a time: Original "Head, Red & Roll Cleaner" (HR&R) was a very popular product. Unlike anything previously available to the audio professional, HR&R was a true industrial product. When alcohol and so-called Rubber Cleaner's failed, HR&R excelled. While other products were toxic and potentially harmful for your recorder, HR&R was not. For years, we were able to provide you with HR&R's industrial strength chemistry. HR&R was safe and by far, the most effective cleaning, defluxing agent on the market. With its amazing cleaning power, rapid evaporation, non-flammability, and low toxicity, it was nick-named "the Right Stuff". The name stuck. (in fact, it's still stuck on the bottle.)

Flash back: In 2005, due to epa regulations and the limits placed on various ozone depleting chemicals, the principal ingredient in original HR&R was effectively banned. We knew this was coming, so we stocked up but were nonetheless forced to discontinue the product once we sold out of our stockpiled reserves. Those of you who had been using HR&R in and around the studio were, needless to say, very disappointed. To us, it looked like the tape based recorder was nearing the end-of-life and so, the quest for a new chemical formula didn't seem to make sense. Wrong! You die-hards not only kept your tape recorders, but without many options, you were running old, dirty tape. With the surge in archival work, the thousands upon thousands of miles of gummy old tape, more than ever, there's a need for "The Right Stuff".

Flash forward: We went back to work. It sure wasn't easy finding the right replacement. Much of what we tested would've "killed a horse" or was so expensive as to make the cost of a bottle laughable. It was damned discouraging and so again, we dropped the ball. Still, you persisted and we kept getting the calls, "When are you guys gonna bring back HR&R?" Our determination stiffened, and finally, in 2009, after several months of testing and back & forth with a major chemical company, we nailed it. It cleans like crazy, it's non-flammable, non-toxic, and evaporates before you can say "AMAZING".

The new 411: What price safety? This "new" chemistry which safely and effectively replaces "CFC's" is expensive and there's just no way around the cost increase. Whether or not you buy into the global warming theories and the ozone hole is of no concern to the EPA. The point is that as of now, in the solvent world there are few options by law. On one hand you've got cheap, toxic & flammable (aka. dry cleaning fluid, paint removers, organic solvents) and on the other, you've got non-toxic, non-flammable and, unfortunately, very costly. For safety's sake, we chose the latter alternative to provide you with an effective, non-toxic, non-flammable cleaner. Our bulk cost is now 250% greater than in the good ol' days, and so, you too will be paying more to keep your tape path clean, rust free and be safe doing it... did I mention that you techs can also deflux your soldering work with the new HR&R? Truly amazing stuff!

The bottom line: HR&R is reformulated and it's back. As before, a little goes a long way, it works incredibly well and is safe for everything in your tape path. If you've never used it, you must give it a try. If you're an HR&R fan from the before, please come on back - either way, you won't be disappointed. No question it will blow you and your dirt ridden tape path away!


Head, Red & Roll Cleaner - #1 in Pro-Audio

Super cleans, de-greases & de-fluxes with no risk of rust, corrosion or flammability. Extremely rapid evaporation - leaves no residue. Recommended for use on all magnetic heads, critical tape path components, pinch rollers, and our T/REDS rollers.

This product has been thoroughly tested and proven compatible with virtually all common pinch roller elastomers.  If unsure, spot testing is recommended before making a full application. TIP: Don't bother trying to clean polyurethane rollers which are beginning to soften and liquify - there's no hope for these! And above all, NEVER use 'em on your recorder.

 Read the review by Garrett Haines in the March/April 2012 TapeOP Magazine

p/n: HRR.5T

1/2 fl.oz. bottle

 TRIAL* one time per customer via USPS Priority Mail (see below)

p/n: HRR.4

 4 fl.oz. bottle

$ 26.24 USD (our smallest size - buy 2 and save 5%)

p/n: HRR.8

 8 fl.oz. bottle

 $ 46.48 USD (8 fl.oz. bottle ships w/ (1) Empty (MT) 2 fl.oz. bottle for decanting and daily use)


4 x 2 fl.oz. bottles

 $ 51.98 USD (convenient packaging for multi-room use or easy carry in tool kit.)

Why not be smart and shop smart?  Though we have no minimum order requirement, we discourage small orders because they simply don't make dollars & sense.  Consider that a flat $5.00 processing/handling fee is added to all our domestic web orders. If you order just one small 4 fl.oz. bottle, shipping & handling will be a significant portion of your total.  However, if you purchase 2 bottles, you get a 5% discount on the product (7.5% for 3+ bottles) and your shipping cost remains essentially the same...Think about it!

Download: HR&R MSDS

"I've just discovered the "Head, Red and Roll Cleaner" from PrecisionMotorWorks. It's "non-hazardous" and extremely effective in getting the black and brown grunge off of tape rollers and heads faster, easier and better than anything else I've tried over the MANY years...I'm a convert!"

Bob Katz
Digital Domain Recording
Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701


"Firstly thanks for my recent order. The HR&R cleaner is awesome and my T/Reds are looking the cleanest since I bought them...."

Adam Calaitzis
Toyland Studio
Northcote, Australia


This product is not for sale in Germany (HFC restricted) and Japan (TRANS restricted).

Head, Red & Roll Cleaner - TRY IT!

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Professional Audio/Video & Shop Cleaner - Trial

Order a 1/2 fl.oz. trial (1 x 1/2 fl.oz. bottles) here for just $15.00 plus $5.00 for shipping to anywhere in the USA via USPS Priority Mail. $5.00 shipping will be added to your total at checkout.

Sorry, only one trial per customer and trial may not be combined with orders for other sizes of HR&R.

This item ships only via USPS Priority Mail and is available only in the USA.