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« on: July 03, 2006, 11:20:44 AM »

thinking about high fedelity, and john cusak's analness about stacking records...how should i be storing mine? anybody got some good tips?  standing up records or laying them horizontally?

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2006, 03:25:58 PM »

I only own like 15 vinyl records. I don't even own a record player. When I get some more money I'm going to get a nice records player and start collecting vinyl.

Anyway, I do know you're not supposed to stack records horizontally because over time they bend at the sides and start to warp. Only stack them vertically.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2006, 04:32:07 PM »

And clean them once a year. Clean them even if they look clean. Be suspicious of anyone that uses winex, dish washing material, or worse, SOAP  Angry


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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2006, 02:18:41 PM »

Store them vertically as they used to be presented in the record shops. Don't crowd them tightly in a box.  This causes the same sort of ring wear on the covers as horizontal stacking.
And make sure the inner sleeves are solid so as to support the sharp sides of the lp and protect the aging cardboard sleeves from dreaded seam-split. Dont drop records down into the box.  This creates a chopping effect on the sleeve.  Lower it gently. 

Vinyl should be cleaned periodically and whenever played with a system such as Discwasher.

They'll last you a lifetime this way.  And still be presentable for the next owners.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2006, 03:24:09 PM »


Don't certain brands of record players destroy records by pressing down too hard when the record is played? Isn't that what destroys records over time, from being played too much? 
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2006, 05:52:57 PM »


Don't certain brands of record players destroy records by pressing down too hard when the record is played? Isn't that what destroys records over time, from being played too much? 

Most decent turntables have an adjustable tonearm.  This allows you to set the tracking force by the gram (The amount of weight put on the record by the needle).  The lighter the tracking force the better.  About 1-2 grams usually does the trick.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2006, 06:19:28 AM »

Yes.  A bad tone arm and stylus can ruin a record.  Used to be a commmon occurence back in the 60's when people would play their new Beatles album on a cheap portable phonograph with a 2 pound town arm.  When the record would "skip" due to scratching and poor care, people would tape a penny, or even a stack of quarters to the top of the tone arm to force the needle down into the groove.
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