How Do Vinyl Records Work?

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How Do Vinyl Records Work? Vinyl records store music and audio in a physical format that can be played back and enjoyed with special equipment. The main equipment being a record player (or turntable), audio cables, and speakers. Most people know this much about vinyl records. You put the record on the turntable, it spins, How Do Vinyl Records Work?

Vinyl Record Storage


Vinyl Record Storage You care about your vinyl collection and apart from listening to a great record, proper storage of that record is a must. The thing is proper care for vinyl records doesn’t mean they have to be locked in an airtight climate controlled safe, hidden from the light of day. Vinyl collecting is Vinyl Record Storage

Vinyl Record Speeds

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Vinyl Record Speeds and Sizes Vinyls records come in three different speeds. They are 33, 45, and 78 RPM (rotations per minute). In general, you’ll find that 12 inch vinyls play at 33 RPM, while 7 inch vinyls play at 45 RPM. 78 RPM is basically a historic speed that you won’t find the need Vinyl Record Speeds

Why Does My Vinyl Crackle?

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Vinyl Crackle and Popping Sounds Listening to vinyl records is a great pastime. The act of playing a record can be a relaxing ritual. Pull out a vinyl from the sleeve, place it on your turntable. Set the vinyl spinning, grab the tonearm and gently lower the stylus… Sit down, relax, and enjoy… but then Why Does My Vinyl Crackle?

Turntable Stylus Types


Cartridges and Styli When it comes to record players and turntables, there are a ton of different cartridges to choose from. Cartridges may vary in quality and parts used. From the diamond tip, cantilever, suspension, magnet quality, to the coils. Quite possibly the most important part is the diamond stylus. This is the little point Turntable Stylus Types

How to Tell if Your Turntable Stylus is Bad

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Stylus Needle Replacement Knowing how to tell if your turntable stylus is bad is an important step in protecting your vinyls from damage. When the stylus (or needle) on your turntable or record player goes bad its important to replace it sooner than later. A bad stylus can damage your records and scratch them. A How to Tell if Your Turntable Stylus is Bad

How to Fix Scratched Records

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The Record Scratch If you are a vinyl collector and an avid listener then a scratched record is something your are going to encounter at some point. Knowing how to fix scratched records is an important skill could save you money! Vinyl records are great but as an old technology it is fragile and prone How to Fix Scratched Records

Vinyl Record Care

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How to Keep Records Clean Practicing good vinyl record care is an important part of any vinyl collection. We all know that vinyl’s are a great way to enjoy music, the sound is warm, the setup to play can be a ritual like making tea, and collecting them is a lot of fun. The achilles Vinyl Record Care

Why Does My Record Player Skip?

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How to Fix Record Skipping Records are a fun way to enjoy music, but sometimes that enjoyment can be disturbed by record skipping. Unfortunately this is a common shortcoming with vinyl records and playing them. Fortunately, there are ways to fix and prevent this annoying interruption. Dirty Records Records can skip due to dirt, dust, Why Does My Record Player Skip?