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5 January 2010
10.29pm
BeatleMark
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When I first started collecting records, I bought based on authenticity rather than sound quality.  If a record was a first issue, I'd choose that one over a newer, much later pressing.  Well the audiophile has started in me and I can see myself becoming more "picky" towards the sound of my vinyl.  This gradually happened by comparing this mix with that and listening for abnormalities and such.  Since most of you that I have conversed with on this site still spin records, I'd like to "pick some brains" on a few such items.

1.  Don't try the "Do it Yourself" record warp fix.  I did as the directions stated and got two plates of glass, made a sanwich with the record in the middle and baked for 10 minutes at 200 degrees f.  I don't know if I didn't let it cool off enough before I cleaned to play….anyway the warp flattened out some but it is still there and I have added a bunch more surface noise/static to the record.  So pretty much I ruined a first edition "Rubber Soul" Parlophone pressing.  It's best to find someone who professionally does it. 

2.  Vinyl cleaner.  Outside of the "Discwasher" brand you can still buy in stores, I've researched a few recipes for making a cleaner.  Right now I am using a mixture of 2 parts denatured alcohol, 1 part distilled water, and a drop of Dawn dishwashing liquid/soap in a spray bottle.  I can say so far that it does "clean" the records and they look better.  I've also started vacuuming my records while still wet with cleaner.  Used to I would just brush them with the record brush until dry.  Does anyone have any different recipes or processes?  I also found these people http://www.discdoc.com  They state in their directions to use the brush back and forth rather than "with the direction of the grooves".  I am not sure which way is the best.

3.  What's the difference between a ceramic stylus and a magnetic one?  Ive got both and there are people who prefer one or the other.  Which has the best sound?  I am currently running an old Realistic turntable (Lab-59) only for the fact that it's a stackomatic.  I don't really like the inconvenience of having to switch records so much with the single play units.  Confused

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5 January 2010
10.41pm
skye
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Oh God! I'm so sorry about that! I thought you would start with the "leave it in the sun between two pieces of glass" trick first. I trust it wasn't too valuable? Cry

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5 January 2010
11.36pm
BeatleMark
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I did that, but it didn't work too well.  I guess it wasn't hot enough outside.  (Either that or my impatience with instant gratification got the better of me.)  :-P 

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6 January 2010
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skye
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Hmm. At 42 degrees, it probably would have taken all day. I'll give it a try the next time it's 115 here and let you know. a-hard-days-night-george-10

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29 August 2010
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BeatleMark said:

I did that, but it didn't work too well.  I guess it wasn't hot enough outside.  (Either that or my impatience with instant gratification got the better of me.)  :-P 

 

 :-P    


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29 August 2010
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I have the Stereo re masters from 1993(?)

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25 May 2011
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MrBig said:

I have the Stereo re masters from 1993(?)

What the… ?

WHERE'D YOU GET THOSE FROM???paul-mccartney

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11 June 2011
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Here is the difference between an American and British 45`s. An American one: 

and a British one: 
. See The difference between the centre section. That gives it away.

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14 June 2011
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I have the EP Beatles collection (it was only published in the UK). The center really does give it away, because I have the "Do You Want To Know A Secret?" American single. That was the only way to tell the difference from first glance

Are there certain ways to keep your vinyl clean that I should know about? I do want to play it, and not just keep it boxed up, but I want to make sure that I keep it in good condition.

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14 June 2011
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Till There Was You said:

 

Are there certain ways to keep your vinyl clean that I should know about? I do want to play it, and not just keep it boxed up, but I want to make sure that I keep it in good condition.

Not sure, but I want to know, because I bought a Tom Petty special edition vinyl, that I will sell in years, but I do want to listen to it. Any ideas?

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14 June 2011
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I usually go for first issues of vinyl. I like the older sound better than the remastered one. I like Stereo better than mono, too. I think that vinyl printed after the 80s (or just reissued ones) just sound different compared to the good old ones that I'm used to. I love the way that Revolver sounds on vinyl. That's why I want to keep it clean.

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31 July 2013
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I found a web photo that was not accompanied by a caption. I thought this thread would be a great place to have the sleeve identified…assuming it is a record sleeve. 

 

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31 July 2013
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Spanish I Feel Fine 45. According to the Joe's discography (which doesn't have the bottom of the sleeve shaved off).

http://www.beatlesbible.com/ga…..feel_fine/

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31 July 2013
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I am perversely proud of certain things that should shame one… I started buying vinyl long ago, back in that misty ancient epoch called the 70s, and I still have about 100 or so LPs -- and they are in horrible condition.  I'm just not the type of person who fastidiously keeps things clean, neat and orderly, I guess…blue-meanie

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31 July 2013
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When I switched to CDs, I basically never looked back, and got rid of a lot of records. But I've still got hundreds kicking around that I haven't been able to play in 20+ years! The majority I haven't needed to play, though, 'cause if it's really really worth listening to, I've probably got it on compact disc (or digital file.) Play quality varies widely, since probably 90% of them were bought second hand.

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