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typewriters
10-14-2003, 06:32 PM
ok.
i keep all my records in dust sleeves. (the paper sleeves around the record), and i put the covers in plastic bags (you can get them at any record store). store your records upright. if you lay them flat on top of eachother it will wear a ring through the cover. i also only touch the edges of the record. not even the label, as if the label is black, your oil will show up. some people use vinyl cleaner. i dont. i also never leave a record out of the cover unless its playing on my turntable.

nervesandgel
10-14-2003, 07:11 PM
laurie anderson once packaged a 7 inch in sandpaper. you could try that if you want your records to sound unique :P

raydavies02
10-15-2003, 06:41 AM
Originally posted by typewriters
i also never leave a record out of the cover unless its playing on my turntable.

that is truly the key. i also never let people borrow my records. once i let someone borrow my promo vinyl copy of "solid gold" by gang of four back in high school and it came back in horrible shape. i nearly cried.

typewriters
10-15-2003, 07:35 AM
i would have beat up the kid.

perfectbrokenmirror
10-15-2003, 11:09 AM
Records upright...ALWAYS. I use to keep mine flat, give me a break I'm a novice at the whole vinyl thing, and my New Pornographers record sleeve suffered a bit from that.

I do have 2 questions for the veterans:
1) About how often should one replace the needle?
2) Should I be cleaning my records?

c.s.

perfectbrokenmirror
10-15-2003, 11:13 AM
edit: if you do want a cheap good turntable go for what perfect broken mirror has, the one from radio shack is great, it has a built in amp too. so that saves some more money.

nervesandgel posted that in the other forum about vinyl...I actually don't think the built in amp is that great. Its hard to hear but I'm sure you have stereo system and/or receiver that you can hook it up too.

c.s.

raydavies02
10-15-2003, 12:39 PM
Originally posted by typewriters
i would have beat up the kid.

i made him give me his entire collection of kinks 45's that his mom had from the 60's (17 singles total) rather than resorting to violence. besides, i found a promo copy of "solid gold" again nearly 4 years later. However, i learned my lesson from that experience.

typewriters
10-16-2003, 07:07 AM
Originally posted by perfectbrokenmirror
Records upright...ALWAYS. I use to keep mine flat, give me a break I'm a novice at the whole vinyl thing, and my New Pornographers record sleeve suffered a bit from that.

I do have 2 questions for the veterans:
1) About how often should one replace the needle?
2) Should I be cleaning my records?

c.s.

1. you shouldn't have to. chances are you'll end up finding another record player cheaper than you can find another needle. even those crappy cartridge needles cost over $40. mine doesn't need to be replaced ever because its diamond tipped.

2. bagsunlimited.com has record cleaner. thats really the only was i know to clean records.

Pedro12345
10-16-2003, 12:57 PM
Best/Cheapest way to clean records

Get a VERY soft, dry cloth (vintage t-shirts work great) Dilute 1 part Windex with 2 parts water. Rub only in a circular motion lightly. Dry with other part of cloth.

Viola!

[Edited on 10-16-2003 by Pedro12345]