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#406086 - 07/12/14 03:21 AM Re: Christmas Ideas for Vinyl Lovers [Re: Andrew]
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5340
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: Andrew
Finally, if you have the scratch, the biggest improvement you can make to your record collection is a vacuum cleaning machine. They are expensive, starting at around $600, but they make a world of difference! I'm a fan of the smallest, auto rotating Nitty Gritty model (1.5?) which I've used for over 20 years with no issues, other than replacing the cleaning pads from time to time. The VPI 16.5 is also excellent and runs around the same price as the Nitty Gritty.

Huh. Until I read this post I had no idea that record cleaning machines even existed. Or that even the basic ones cost more than the money I had put aside for a nice cartridge upgrade. Or that they were something I probably really needed (at least for a while).

As far as I can see the generally accepted protocol seems to be :

1. Buy an RCM new or used

2. Go a few months without sleep and clean all your records really well

3. Sell the RCM to someone else and sleep for a week

So there's a VPI 16.5 for sale on Kijiji, let's see what happens. Worst case I'll make a big mess in the kitchen.

Edited by bridgman (07/12/14 03:22 AM)

#406548 - 08/13/14 01:04 PM Re: Christmas Ideas for Vinyl Lovers [Re: Hellcommute]
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Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
OK, I broke down and ordered a VPI 16.5, so if anyone living in the Toronto area wants to come over and play with it let me know.

I've decided what every vinyl owner needs, but guessing I'll need to make it myself for now. Rather than having a solid audio rack with the turntable on top, I'm thinking about an audio rack with record bins on top (like the old record stores, where you look at the front of the LPs and flip them forward to find the one you want) and a separate stand/shelf for the turntable.

Has anyone seen something like this ? All the LP storage solutions seem to treat them like CDs or DVDs, where the spines face you rather than the fronts. I don't even like that solution for CDs/DVDs, let alone LPs.

BTW I just ordered a few LPs from Amazon. I was worried about whether they would survive the shipping process but when they arrived I was surprised how well packaged everything was. Each LP had its own cardboard box maybe 3/4" thick, and then the LPs were stacked in a larger box along with other junk I ordered. VERY nice.

Edited by bridgman (08/13/14 01:48 PM)

#406553 - 08/13/14 07:09 PM Re: Christmas Ideas for Vinyl Lovers [Re: bridgman]
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Registered: 05/06/14
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Loc: Oakville, Canada
if it wasn't for the 120km distance between us, I would have gladly made you a custom cabinet to fit your needs. But I think that you are correct. An album is meant to be seen for it's artwork, not just a thin 2mm edge.

People are like a box of chocolates. It's hard to tell initially which ones are nuts.

#406581 - 08/14/14 10:01 AM Re: Christmas Ideas for Vinyl Lovers [Re: Hellcommute]
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Loc: PEI, Canada
Anyone have Jack White's new album "Lazaretto"? The version with the hidden tracks and the hologram when it spins? That seems to belong on a Christmas list for vinyl lovers.

Mine is on it's way. Although mores so because I'm a Jack White fan than a vinyl lover.
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