Taking Care Of Your Vinyl Records

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If you are new to vinyl records here are a few tips on how to care for those precious 33.3 rpm albums and/or 45 rpm singles.

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Taking Care Of Your Vinyl Records

  1. 1. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMIf youre in your 40s (or older) and you were into music in any way, shape orform ‘back in the old days’ you probably had a stack of vinyl records.If so, you probably remember the best way to handle and care for them.For people of a younger vintage who are new to vinyl records, here are a fewtips on how to care for those 33.3 rpm albums and/or 45 rpm singles. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  2. 2. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMHANDLING and CLEANING:1. As with a CD, you want to handle your vinyl records from the edges as tokeep finger prints off the playing surfaces of the record.Remember, the sweat from your fingers is slightly acidic so, if not cleanedoff, it can permanently mark the vinyl surface. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  3. 3. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMHANDLING and CLEANING:2. When cleaning your records its best to use a lint-free and static-free wetwipe but you can also use a slightly dampened soft cloth.Wipe the record lightly because it is a delicate object, and of course you dontwant to push dust and dirt into the record grooves.Try to avoid creating a build up of static electricity because ‘static’ is a magnetfor attracting dust to your record - and that defeats the purpose of trying toclean it in the first place. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  4. 4. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMYOUR TURNTABLE:1. If you want to get the best sound possible you need to do more than justkeep your records clean. You also need to keep your turntable needle (alsoreferred to as a ‘stylus’) clean and in good condition.If the needle is dusty or dull it will negatively affect the quality of the playbackand it can also damage your cherished albums.The turntable needles are replaceable so its always a good idea to buy areplacement or two to keep on hand. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  5. 5. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMSTORAGE:1. The best way to store your albums is to put them in their dust cover sleeveand then into their record jacket.Dont leave your albums out and exposed where they can collect dustand, since vinyl records are made from flexible plastic, they can be irreparablydamaged by heat and direct sunlight. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  6. 6. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMSTORAGE:2. Dont lay your albums out flat – for a couple of reasons:If you lay the records flat and on top of each other they can rubtogether, which can cause them to get scuffed up.When lying flat, even if they are in a record sleeve or jacket, that wontnecessarily protect the playing surface from the impact of droppingsomething on it. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  7. 7. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMSTORAGE:3. Store your records by standing them straight up vertically. Try not to let therecords lean over as that can cause them to warp. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  8. 8. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMSTORAGE:4. The best type of sleeve to store your vinyl records in is a static-free papersleeve. New static-free poly sleeves are also a good choice. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  9. 9. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMSTORAGE:5. You dont want your prized albums accidentally sliding out of their jacketsand falling to the floor.To avoid this, place your records in their dust cover sleeves and then insertthe dust cover sleeve into the record jacket so the opening of the dust coversleeve is either pointed up towards the top edge of the jacket or ‘in’ andtowards the spine of the record jacket. Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.
  10. 10. Taking good care of your vinyl records WWW.PREDISC.COMPROFESSIONAL VINYL RECORD PRESSING with Eco-Friendly Packaging Solutions ___________________________ PRECISION DISC MANUFACTURING CORP. 116 – 19292 60th Avenue Surrey, British Columbia Canada V3S 3M2 Call toll free in North America: 1.866.530.0770 www.predisc.com Precision Disc Manufacturing Corp.

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