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Love Vinyl Recordings-Love Music. Record Deck Turntable Information: Increase In Vinyl Record Sales: What Literally Goes Around, Come Around! But for best results the record (transcription) deck needs the be precisely set up. Even the stand surface can effect the sound reproduction. A few names below will help if doing music research. Tag: love vinyl recordings
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As a 70s rock music authority I`ve included vinyl records as part of my listening for decades. I`m into other media for listening as well of course right through to today Stereophonics, Twenty One Pilots etc.. Just to let you know I`m no dinosaur.
Covered are both turntables and hi fi amps in some detail below.. From Shaun A Leggott – >Twitter< The CD and vinyl record stacking guy, business suite and capture page marketer. Tag: love vinyl recordings
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Match quality with quality to get the best performance from a hi-fi system. This means getting the best quality record deck set up you can afford in the first instance, then consider the amplifier and speakers, i.e. rubbish in means rubbish out! Tag: love vinyl recordings
Quality record decks often have belt driven turntables, but some are direct drive. If looking for a second hand deck here two things to immediately check. If belt driven is the belt stretched? No problem if it can still be replaced. When the turntable turns is there any spindle related noise, i.e. rumble “drag”? Anything that creates a vibration will have a poor effect objectively.
Even the surface upon which a record deck stands can have a noticeable sonic effect! With surrounding noise from a disco deck these change don`t matter as you won`t hear any of the nuances. Not only the stand, but changing record turntable feet can make a noticeable difference to the final result!
My turntable is too heavy for vibration absorbing feet, so I fitted it with designed-for-purpose> spikes. This is a UK link but sure to be US links also. This means actual contact with the table (well my computer desk actually) is minimal. For lighter decks you might try out> rubber e.g. the composite types. So there`s a wide choice around. Some are adjustable, thus it makes it easier to set your deck level.
The turntable speed should remain at a steady pitch without what an irregular movement. If so it might be suffering from what`s called “wow and flutter” and perhaps best avoided. However, the spindle might just be it needs a smear of clean manual gearbox oil. Tag: love vinyl recordings
That`s assuming you can lift the turntable off to oil the spindle. Any sound, other than possible low level motor hum, that shouldn`t be there is a bad sign, so avoid! When it comes to isolating shields in certain areas of some turntable motors, there`s certain things you can do with layers of kitchen aluminum foil sheets. However, electricity near additional exposed metal is not a good mix. I will advise against that one.
Maybe the metal shield info is found online today somewhere, I don`t know. Years ago I applied it within a Connoisseur BD2 turntable where the bass depth was then improved.
Again on a safety point, the electric plus will probably only need 3 amps, so replace any 13 amp ubiquitous fuses not supplied in manufacture. Tag: love vinyl recordings
If you are ok with a bit of DIY, here a way to improve the sound of a plastic-ish deck…
Assuming you can safely get into the deck from underneath without damaging the tonearm etc, plaster the area around the tone arm base with Blu Tack, plasticine or anything else that`s safe. Even lots of clean chewing gum. This will help cut vibration.
Unplug the thing first of course and don`t let the gum contact the mechanical parts. That is another modification outside product guarantee though! It`s not likely to be suggested in the manufacturer`s tips section.. Tag: love vinyl recordings
With additional cost, another way to improve the sound is to upgrade the turntable mat. This can make a huge sonic improvement. For example there`s composite rubber mats and even heavier glass mats around.
I have these somewhere, but the one I always use now is called> Ringmat by Ringmat Developments.
The perceived Ringmat value is 1/10 I feel as it`s just a thin card with rings of cork.. but it works well allowing deeper bass on my monster deck than before! I think the perception has been a little improved, as I look! Some of these companies in Hi-Fi fall into so called cottage industries. Tag: love vinyl recordings
If you come across a turntable with an SME “S” shaped arm then it`s a very old deck, i.e. if in original 1970s manufacture. Those arms are/were mostly fitted with Sure M75 or> Sure M95 M95 (Yes, I see it`s still available..) moving magnet cartridges, mostly the former for domestic use and latter for heaver use.
The latter has a firmer cantilever suspension so more suited to the rigors of disco. I guess today that would include “scratch”. Pickering were/are a company supplying alternatives.
Latterly some owners fitted Supex moving coil cartridges in SME arms. It was also later that arms from Rega (excellent perceived value), Linn Sondek and Syrinx basically left the SME to RIP..
The turntable arm should run parallel with the records. most are adjustable. The Rega arm could/can be modified to remove a slightly distorted vocal frequency.. I don`t know the cost, but the wiring change to silver suggests it`s not cheap.
Other considerations might include the wear on the pick up cartridge stylus. There`s magnifying glasses designed for showing wear. Obviously wear won`t be seen with the naked eye. It`s likely most wear occurs on the inner side of styli. This is due to the pull on stylus towards the center spindles as turntables spin.
That motion spinning an auto vehicle around a roundabout has an opposite effect. Don`t ask why a stylus are different in this respect, but it`s logical.. I`m not Prof. Brian Cox..
There`s two common types of styli, spherical and elliptical. The latter is best as they extract more fine detail from the record that spherical.
Some say elliptical styli cause record damage due to their shape, but I think that`s debatable. I think it is distorted logic. To set up properly with minimum of compromise, turntable decks are fitted with adjustable bias, i.e. for> anti skate < Tag: love vinyl recordings
This is often in magnetic pull by the balance weight end of arms, but sometimes, even of costly deck arms, sometimes just include/included a simple pulley with chord. If it works don`t fix it! Before adjustment you`d need to set the weight of the stylus related directly to the vinyl records.
A simple slide weigh tool is available for this action from where you rest the stylus. Cartridge manufacturers give a ideal weight. It tends to be around 1.5 to 2 grams. Tag: love vinyl recordings
Badly set up, the stylus may well jump across record groves and increase wear of both records and styli. Obviously if you`ve used your vinyl as a lunch plate at some stage the same action will occur..
In a cupboard I have a Decca London cartridge arm combo.
The recommended stylus to record weight is a weighty 3 grams! I called it my pick axe! I mention this as some readers might be doing a little research from mentions on this page. It`s likely that the record arms you`d see have a scale for setting the bias.
To do this more accurately you need a test vinyl record of LP size. All you need to do is, in effect play the test disc, particularly so over “smooth” areas, then adjust the bias so`s the stylus isn`t forced towards the spindle.
Alternatively, some test records use pink noise and white noise. With this sophistication you would listen and adjust the bias until left and right sounds are identical. As for the quality of cartridges, there`s a lot of difference between the better moving coil cartridges as opposed to cheaper moving magnet.
Moving magnet cartridges are generally more compatible being of higher signal output. Thus suiting many amplifiers. So most moving coil cartridges generally give a better sound than than moving magnets. A disadvantage with moving coil though is you won`t be able to replace the stylus, it has to be undertaken professionally. Tag: love vinyl recordings
If looking to pick up a quality used amplifier (e.g. Musical Fidelity or A&R Cambridge or ACRAM) do check it includes phono stage. A&R offered quite a few options with their amps and perhaps do so today.
However, more generally, it might seem ironic that this higher the quality the less you`d find related to amp sockets, e.g. no headphone socket in some cases (The shame!).. This is said to be because additions distort the signal path. I really don`t feel it makes much difference.
In addition it was also said that being more minimalist meant they could included higher quality components that would otherwise be the situation. Otherwise add a separate phono pre amp. This is the best way I go because doing so you are not limited this stage, being proportionate within the amp components.
I use a Lehmann Black Cube pre-amp with separate power unit with IXOS Gamma 1002 speaker cables. However, picking-up cables cheaper cables will get you going.. In the UK that might be from> Richer Sound
I also have a weighty monster of a record deck that will literally play all vinyl record speeds! Just planning to use h/phones, you`ll also need amp matching hi fi speakers. Incidentally. many who manufactured within hi-fi might not be around now, but some thrive. Countless manufacturers limiting themselves to hi-fi speakers alone went out of business. A&R Cambridge started out with amps in an old windmill near Cambridge UK by former Cambridge students. However, look where their business is today!
Consider also the care of the vinyl records themselves! Obviously any dust collected on the records will have an adverse effect through annoying pops and crackles. If precious to you, you may well find a professional who will clean the records for you.
There are machines to do the job at home (Start a vinyl record cleaning business?!), but they are expensive. Just don`t leave records uncovered after use. Keep fingers away from the playing surface. Static is another problem.
If a real concern it might well be due to nylon surroundings, e.g. the carpet, or perhaps nylon non organic clothing and bedding. Static also builds in over dry atmospheres.
We used to have an anti static gun (No, it is not April 1st!), but I do not think it did any good! So invest in an anti static cloth as I`m sure they will still be around. I note that there`s anti static cloths used to cut static in laundry tumble dries, so perhaps these will do the job, but I really don`t know.
It might be too late but take care not to store 12 inch records flat. If buying it will be worthwhile to check at eye level before purchasing. Some transcription decks are quite intolerant of these issues.
Due to a past shortage of plastics in the UK at least ( I think in the 70s) the thickness of vinyl records were greatly reduced. So prior to this period they were less prone to warp. Tag: love vinyl recordings
It followed that, due to rising cost of plastics, the price of records went up to almost 5 quid (pounds) in the UK by the 80s. Think of inflation; that was a lot of money then! Even plastic plant pots didn`t escape a price hike..
Incidentally, in addition to LP 33 1/3RPM records and 7 inch 45RPM singles there`s also some 7 inch discs that play at 33 1/3 also, e.g. Argent> “Hold your Head Up” (This is the long version) etc. These rarities are called Max Play as I recall. I have a few of them. Tag: love vinyl recordings
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