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Old 05-17-19, 02:46 PM
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Does anyone use a clamp/weight on their turntable?
I use a clamp (Clearaudio Clever Clamp). I tried a weight, but it seemed like my Uturn Orbit couldn't handle it.
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Old 05-17-19, 02:55 PM
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So for Mother's Day, I picked up the Audio-Technica AT-LP60-BK (we both wanted a player and took advantage of the day )
So far it's a really simple, but great player. Tried a few old albums as well as fresh ones and have to say, for $99 you cant beat it.
I'm no audiophile like some and I'm not one to say this player sounds or works better than another, but I'm happy. It's simple to use and does it's job. I know thee are junk, cheap players out there with plastic carts and all that, but this is perfect for an entry level player.
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Old 05-17-19, 04:00 PM
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HUGE ass long shot. But if anyone is still finding the Crow soundtrack in their local stores, anyone willing to hook me up? eBay flippers are fucking insane.
I've exhausted my resources
Did you try venturing to Temecula (I see you list San Diego as a location)? There's a couple of stores there that I've managed to snag some RSD releases that were pretty popular.

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I use a clamp (Clearaudio Clever Clamp). I tried a weight, but it seemed like my Uturn Orbit couldn't handle it.
I got my weight this week. Honestly, I don't notice a major audible difference, and I was a little worried about the extra load on the motor. But it seems to spin just as well, and I like some of the demos I've seen, so I'll keep it.
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That's a long drive for me I'm at the southern end, damn near by the border. Like a 2 hour drive. Really appreciate the info though. Maybe if gas wasn't $4/gal ....
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Bah. You make a day of it. Sure it's not like going to M-Theory for a quick dig through the New Arrivals section, but you could easily spend a few hours at these Temecula stores and get a ton of good records. Grab a bite to eat in Old Town Temecula, have a little wine, sober up, and drive home. That's a perfect Saturday if ya ask me.
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I guess I could call around that way it's not driving all over the place up there
Any shops off the top of your head?
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I use a clamp (Clearaudio Clever Clamp). I tried a weight, but it seemed like my Uturn Orbit couldn't handle it.
I'm curious, how do weights or clamps improve things? Is it for problems like warped vinyl for example? I've never used either before, even back when I was young, when turntables ruled the world (I got my first stereo when I was around 11 years old back in the late 70's).
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Old 05-18-19, 01:26 PM
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I guess I could call around that way it's not driving all over the place up there
Any shops off the top of your head?
Spindles Record Shack would be the first place to try, followed by Old Town Records

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I'm curious, how do weights or clamps improve things? Is it for problems like warped vinyl for example? I've never used either before, even back when I was young, when turntables ruled the world (I got my first stereo when I was around 11 years old back in the late 70's).
It definitely helps warped records, or those bowed in the middle. For sound, it supposedly dampens the record, keeping the stylus more isolated from extraneous vibrations. Thought this was a good demo:

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I'm curious, how do weights or clamps improve things? Is it for problems like warped vinyl for example? I've never used either before, even back when I was young, when turntables ruled the world (I got my first stereo when I was around 11 years old back in the late 70's).
Yeah, what Paff said. One of those things where if you don't notice the issue, it's not necessary, but if you do, then a weight or clamp will help. The clamp I use has no weight to it at all, but it clamps the spindle quite well, so with a little effort, you can get a good bit of the warp out in addition to the vibration/slip reduction. On most records, I notice a minor difference. On warped ones, it's a bigger help.
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Sounded a little deeper with the weight
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Yeah, I use the pro-ject weight pretty much religiously. It's hard to describe, but I notice a tighter sound with it on. I also give my records a simple dust cleaning per side before playing and the weight makes this easier to do by reducing slippage.
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Old 05-30-19, 10:16 AM
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Wasn't sure whether to put this in the Albums Bought thread or this one. I just placed an order on Discogs for Direct Hits by The Michael Guthrie Band. It's been on my radar for a couple of years, a pretty solid early 80s power pop record. I haven't seen it at any of my used record stores. There was a guy in Arizona who has a factory sealed copy for $99. Quite expensive obviously, but I loooooooooove finding virgin vinyl from the true analog days. I'd been seriously considering it for several months now.
Then yesterday on Discogs there's another guy with a copy, also factory sealed, for $45. I mean, if I was seriously considering it at $99, then $45 has to be a must-buy, doesn't it?

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Thanks for the explanation on weight/clamps, guys. I don't currently have any terribly warped records, and am happy with how my LPs sound, so I guess I'm good as is for now at least.
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Haven't bought a new vinyl in months, but saw that Banks has a new release and I have her previous releases and have also seen her twice live. She's awesome.


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deep discount blowout vinyl sale, some good stuff in here:

https://www.deepdiscount.com/blowout-bin/b237039
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Old 07-16-19, 11:54 AM
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Over the weekend, I was eyeing up my Vertical Tracking Angle (my TT doesn't have an adjustment for it; I have to use various slipmats). While messing with this and having my face super close to the TT, I put on my spindle weight, and noticed the center of the record went down a millimeter or two when I placed it on. The record didn't look warped in any way, but the weight clearly had a physical effect. So I don't think it's snake oil by any means.

Oh, and that virgin Michael Guthrie record I posted about a few months ago? It sounds absolutely glorious. I have a few other original analog pressings still in shrink wrap, I've got to break them out one of these days.
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Hey, what are you guys using to clean your records (wet or dry)? I've been using a Spin Clean, and it's a bit of a PITA and I'm not amazed by the results, so I'm curious about what the rest of you folks use.

For my stylus, I just ordered the Onzow ZeroDust, looking forward to trying it out.
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I just use my old Discwasher brush, dry. None of my stuff has been particularly dirty, but I had considered getting a Spin Clean, at one point.

I also have the Discwasher stylus brush, and the zerostat gun.

It's this kit:

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Looks like a nice kit!

Yeah, now I'm thinking I might have overdid it with the Spin Clean, I mostly buy new vinyl, I just need an easy, safe way of getting any dust out of the grooves. I'm not cleaning dirty records with years of caked on shit.
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What about the SpinClean don't you like?

I picked up a used SpinClean last year and I've been slowly going through my yard sale and flea market finds and cleaning them when I can. They are making a TON of difference. Ones that looked terrible look practically brand new again!
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It's not that I don't like it, I guess I'm just using it on albums that don't really need that much cleaning, so I don't notice much of a difference and therefore it doesn't seem worth the effort. But if I pick up some dirty records at a yard sale or something, I'm sure it would come in very handy.

At this point, I mostly want to clean dust and particles out of the grooves of new vinyl, so maybe the Spin Clean isn't the easiest method for doing that.
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How's the zero stat gun? I use an anti-static brush and it's so-so.
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Yeah, my brush is so-so as well. That gun looks interesting.
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I have a static brush but have been meaning to buy that ZeroDust Stylus cleaner.
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I'm seeing good reviews of the Groovewasher, another brush/fluid method similar to "classic" Discwasher.

It's important for me, as I'm WAY more into buying used original vinyl. I try to avoid current pressings, except of current bands, of course.
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