Vinyl roundup

by brandon on January 15, 2011

a box of goodies - over 90 of them

“Through birthday-ing, hunting, inheriting, Christmas gift card-ing, and borrowing, I’ve amassed a pretty big stash of records in the brief few months since I went analog and got all the components together for my home stereo.  The bulk of these records, obviously, had been in storage or otherwise unused for the better part of two decades at least.  As a result, many of them were in need of a thorough cleaning.  That’s where another Christmas present comes in:

this thing works magic with dirty records (click it!)

It took the better part of six hours spread over three days to do it, but I finally got the entire box washed, cased, and shelved neatly.  I set up a sort of assembly line – box of records on my right, coffee table with record washer in the middle, and empty box on my left.  The Spin-Clean itself is super-easy to use and really sucks the dirt off those records – I had to empty the basin halfway through cleaning because there was so much dirt in the bottom of it – and I had a bag of polypropylene record sleeves handy to case those records up once I’d dried them thoroughly.

i'll give you a dollar if you can tell me the name of the second album from the right

Finally, I found a couple of open shelves in my TV cabinet and put records I’ve purchased and have on loan (dominated by albums from the 90s) on the top shelf arranged chronologically by release date, and ones that my dad gave me (dominated by albums from the 70s) on the bottom shelf arranged alphabetically by artist.

the box for the spin-clean did a nice job of filling the extra space

I took a photo of each record after I’d cleaned it so I could catalog it and figure out exactly what all I had on hand.  There’s a little bit of everything – from Dan Fogelberg, Kansas and Weather Report to Sunny Day Real Estate, Don Caballero and Converge.  I hope to listen though all of them at some point, though given how little time I spend in my apartment during the semester, it might be a while.  It’s just nice to have them all clean, organized and accessible.  I even watched a few new movies while cleaning vinyl, but that’s the subject of another post.”

Do you have a vinyl record collection?  A Spin Clean Record Washer can take care of all your cleaning needs for your vinyl records.  It’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid.  This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records. Watch the Spin Clean Record Washer video in action!

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Do you have a vinyl record collection?  A Spin Clean Record Washer can take care of all your cleaning needs for your vinyl records.  It’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid.  This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records. Watch the Spin Clean Record Washer video in action!

I learned how important it is to clean vinyl records in order to get the best superior sound from them.  If you collect vinyl records, or just like to listen to them you want to make sure you are cleaning them well.

With the Spin-Clean record washer system, it’s easy as one, two, three, fill it – spin it – dry it. You never have to adjust the brushes (they’re pre-set at the right pressure). After three turns in the Spin-Clean record washer system, the dirt and the fingerprints are gone on both sides of the record along with the static. You not only see the Spin-Clean record washing system work, you can hear the difference in sound.

Anyone who has used the conventional brush type record cleaner knows how awkward they are to use and that they have limited ability. The Spin-Clean record washing system enables you to clean both sides of your record at once without using your valuable turntable as the cleaning device. With the Spin-Clean® record washing system, you’ll add years to all of your equipment including turntables, stylus (needle) and of course your record collection.

The Spin Clean Record Washer’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid.  This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records.

How To Care For and Store your Vinyl Records

Make sure you thoroughly clean and dry your vinyl records before you play them.  Wet playing is not a good idea at all for your vinyl records.  That is a method where the grooves of the vinyl record are saturated with liquid during playback.  Dust, dirt and other crud that is normally in the record grooves  gets deep down in the grooves and contaminates your vinyl record.

Once you have thoroughly cleaned your record or records with the Spin Clean Record Washer, resist the urge to rub dirt off a record by wiping it against the first thing you see.  Use a dry vinyl record cleaning brush for daily use.  But remember the brushes are for a quick wiping in between plays and should not be used for deep cleaning  vinyl records like the Spin Clean Record Washer will do.

When you’re done cleaning your vinyl record or records, be sure to store them in a anti-static plastic inner sleeve or into a new paper sleeve.  By placing the vinyl record back into the old one, you will just put the old dirt right back on again.

You should consider storing your vinyl records vertically on a shelf and never stack or lay records flat!  Stacking or laying vinyl records flat can definitely cause them to warp.

Why Go To All That Trouble?

We spend so much time taking care of our vinyl records, cleaning them, sorting and cataloging.  But truth be told, the reward is the superb sound of the music we get from a well taken care of vinyl record!

Spin Clean Record Washer was Just Named

“The Top 10 Great Audiophile Gifts for 2010”  enjoythemusic.com

“One of The Best Products of 2010” in December’s issue of Stereophile Magazine

“Accessory Of The Year” By The Absolute Sound

Knowing that the condition of vinyl records dictates it’s value or selling price, it is important to know what proper materials and techniques should be used to properly ensure safe arrival when shipping.

12-inch LP’s should be shipped in a sturdy, cardboard mailer designed specifically for shipping records.  The size of the mailer should be between 12 ½ to 13 inches, the height or thickness will depend on the number of records being shipped.

Place a cardboard insert in the bottom of the box being mailed.  If the LP is sealed, you will not want to remove the disc from the jacket.  If it’s not sealed, you should remove the vinyl record from the jacket and place it next to the jacket in the box.  This will prevent seam splits to the jacket that could occur if the disc slides back and forth during delivery.  Place another cardboard insert on the top of the jacket also.  Close the box and test for snugness.  Insert additional cardboard inserts if the contents are sliding around in the box.  Once you have reached a snug fit, tape the box shut with packing tape.

When packing 78’s follow the above directions but with more care.  10-inch vinyl records are made of shellac, which is more brittle than vinyl.  Obviously the box will be smaller, measuring between 10 ¼ to 10 ½ inches.  Separate each vinyl record with a cardboard insert and preferably bubble wrap to further cushion the records.  And once again you will want to achieve a snug fit.

Packing 45 rpm’s should be packed the same as the others.  As mentioned before, you do not want your records to slide back and forth and again bubble wrap is suggested to ensure safe delivery.

Check to see if your local office supply store sells any of the packing supplies needed, if not you can find them online at places like amazon.com and papermart.com to name a few.

A Spin Clean Record Washer can take care of all your cleaning needs for your vinyl records.  It’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid.  This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records. Watch the Spin Clean Record Washer video in action!

The Sound of Music we get from a vinyl record is utterly amazing.  To think that one can get hours of enjoyment from a small round vinyl disk.  It’s made me wonder just how it all works.  So I looked into it more.

The first record made and played was on November 20, 1877, by Thomas Edison.  Knowing how sound works, and a thorough understanding of science, he was able to accomplish recording sounds and playing it back .

How The Sound Comes Out

We play vinyl records without giving it much thought.  But it really is astonishing how the sound gets to our ears.  We put a record on the record player, place the needle on it and tada, you hear your song.  How it really works is that needle attaches to a cartridge which is an amplifier going into your stereo system.  What happens is the groves in the record vibrate the needle.  The vibration in the needle causes electrical changes that represents sound waves which are later converted into analog and going through your amplifier into speakers coming out of speakers which vibrate according to what electrical impulses are sent from the needle off of the record.  It’s all electrical impulses. We have reffered to records as 33’s or 45’s, but do we know why they are called that?  That is the rotational speed at which the record is played back.  When the grooves spin faster you can put more information on them.  It has been thought vinyl records sound better than a cd.

How The Sound Goes In

The human eardrum is a stretched membrane, like the skin of a drum.  When the sound waves hit your eardrum, it vibrates and the brain interprets these vibrations as sound.  After the vibrations hit your eardrum, a chain reaction is set off.  Your eardrum, sends the vibrations to the three smallest bones in your body.  These three bones work together to send your brain these messages through the auditory nerve.  Your brain translates all that and tells you what you are hearing, the music.

One thing you will need to keep hearing all that great music is a record washer.  A clean record will not only sound better, but it will last longer as well.  Permanent damage to the vinyl can be caused by repeatedly playing a soiled record.  Spin Clean Record Washer does a fantastic job cleaning vinyl records.  Watch the video to see the record washer in action.

There are a number of places you can find old vinyl records for sale.  You would be surprised how easy it can be to find them, sometimes they can be right down the street in your own neighborhood.  Some places charge astronomical prices, and some you can find very cheap.

A good place to look for vinyl records for sale can be at garage sales.   Quite often when people are having garage sales, they just want to get rid of stuff that is cluttering up their house without realizing some of these items can be of value.  That can be the case with vinyl records or albums.  They clean out their closets, attics and basements to free up some space, and many think vinyl records or albums are worthless, just taking up space only to sell them at a cheap price to get rid of them.  Depending on the record, that can be an expensive mistake for the seller but a found treasure for a collector.

Another good place to look is at an estate sale.  That’s another opportunity for collectors to find some valuable records for sale.  Lots of times, family members have spent a lot of time cleaning out a house and are looking to just get rid of things so they can put the house on the market.  That’s another example of a possible expensive mistake for the seller but a found treasure for a collector.

Some music stores that resell older music can be another place to find vinyl records.  These stores can be hard to find though and you will most likely pay a higher price.

If you’re looking for a specific record that you haven’t been able to find you can always go online.  There are the auction sites like Ebay and Yahoo Auctions that may have what you’re looking for.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, there are other places online you can purchase records from like Amazon.com.

If you have a collection of vinyl records, you really should clean them frequently so you can keep hearing the songs as well as they should sound.  A Spin Clean Record Washer does a great job at cleaning your vinyl records and albums.  It’s very easy to use, you can watch a video demo of it in action to see how easy it is.  Visit www.spincleanrecordwasher.com for more information.

1.  “Call Me” – Blondie

2.  “Magic” – Olivia Newton John

3.  “All Out Of Love” – Air Supply

4.  “Another One Bites the dust” – Queen

5.  “Celebration” – Kool & the Gang

6.  “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar

7.  “Ride Like The Wind” – Christopher Cross

8.  “Shining Star” – The Manhattans

9.  “Fame” – Irene Cara

10.  “(Just Like) Starting Over”  – John Lennon

If you’re like me, these songs can bring back many memories.  It’s fun sometimes to think back to younger days and the friends you shared these memories with.  Putting these vinyl records on the record player seems like so long ago, but when you read through the list it seems like yesterday, and you probably remember most of the words just like I do.

If you still have some of these vinyl records or any vinyl records, you really should clean them frequently so you can keep hearing the songs as well as they should sound.  Spin Clean Record Washer does a great job at cleaning your vinyl records, albums also.  It’s very easy to do, you can watch a video demo of it in action.  Visit www.spincleanrecordwasher for more information.

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