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How to Keep Your Vinyl Records Clean

How to Keep Your Vinyl Records Clean

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Taking steps to keep your vinyl records clean is essential both for the care of the record and your listening pleasure. This short document provides essential hints and tips on how you can keep your record collection in tip-top condition through simple cleaning steps before and after listening. For a wide selection of vinyl records across all musical genres please visit http://www.musicrecorshop.com
Taking steps to keep your vinyl records clean is essential both for the care of the record and your listening pleasure. This short document provides essential hints and tips on how you can keep your record collection in tip-top condition through simple cleaning steps before and after listening. For a wide selection of vinyl records across all musical genres please visit http://www.musicrecorshop.com

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How To Keep Your Vinyl Records Clean.

The vinyl record is a wonderful thing. Whilst its heyday is long gone, surpassed by the cassette, the CD and now the digital download, there is still nothing quite like “old fashioned” vinyl as a physical stamp of a music fan’s collection. That dozen inch diameter of blackness (or sometimes other colours) encased in wonderful cardboard artwork sleeves is still hard to beat and remembered fondly by the devotee. This is being recognised by the modern music fan also with vinyl on the comeback trail with more and more of today’s albums being made available in the medium and also albums from many years ago when vinyl was in prime position being re-issued. Many will even tell you that everything sounds better on vinyl though that’s another story entirely..... Although vinyl records do look and sound great, they are fragile as simply put, the music is cut in to the groove of the record surface which is then tracked by the turntable stylus and played back through the speakers. Any damage to the groove or playing surface can severely affect the performance of the record and even render it unplayable. It is therefore of paramount importance that great care is taken in caring for your vinyl collection and in particular keeping the record clean. The cleaning routing should ideally be undertaken both before and after each visit to the turntable. The most common enemy is a dust build-up which can happen even while the record is stored in its sleeve. Dust in the groove will affect playback and can damage the playing surface beyond repair. Handle the record very carefully when removing it from the sleeve before playing. Do not put your fingers on any part of the playing surface or you risk damage from fingerprints and skin oils. Bow the sleeve, carefully slide in your hand and rest your middle finger on the hole then slide it out carefully. Hold the record on the very edges balanced between your palms then place it on the turntable. Now clean the surface before playing. The most common way to do this is by use of a special record cleaning cloth or brush which you can buy from any good local record store or online. Have the turntable rotating then very gently indeed rest some of the cleaning cloth on the playing surface as it rotates. This will help to clean any residual dust out of the groove before playing. You can also buy fluid-based cleaning products so do a little research and see what suits you best. After the pre-playing dust removal, make sure the stylus is clean and dust-free also. Small brushes are available for this purpose. A dirty stylus or one with a dust build-up can be just as damaging you your precious vinyl as dust in the groove. When both record and stylus are cleaned, place the needle on the start of the playing surface and get ready to enjoy..... Close the lid of the turntable if possible during play to help protect from dust attracted by static electricity. You may consider to look at buying special cleaning brushes that can be attached to the stylus arm and track the record behind the stylus during play to help keep the playing surface clean.

After side one has played, turn over the record (again, handling without touching it with your finders but by balancing between the edges and your palms) and clean both it and the stylus again before playing. After you have finished listening use the dust cleaning cloth or brush to clean the stylus and record surface once again before carefully placing the record back in to its sleeve. A few moments spent keeping your vinyl clean and dust-free in this way can help to give you the best listening experience and lengthen the playing life of the record. The “sound” cut in to the groove wears out ever so slightly with each play (hence you will hear people say that they have “worn out” a record by playing it so much) so by practicing a simple cleaning regime you can extend the life of your vinyl records and help to ensure your listening pleasure is not diminished by dust build-up which can do further damage such as causing the stylus to “jump” and scratch the playing surface. If you are a vinyl record fan, want to start building a collection of your own or perhaps a fan of a band or artist and want to complete your collection through acquiring their music in different formats then check out leading online vinyl record specialists Music Record Shop for a huge selection of vinyl records in all musical genres. Visit their web site today, sign-up to their email newsletter and you can claim a discount off your next purchase from them. That’s in addition to free shipping on domestic (delivery to USA addresses) orders over $24.99.

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