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Why Cleaning Vinyl Records Regularly Is Vital

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Regardless of your motivation for building a record collection, it's in your best interest to protect it via regular cleanings. Preserving aesthetic appeal is hardly the only reason to bust out the vinyl cleaner and give your LPs a good polishing every now and then. In fact, there are at least two very good reasons to clean off your vinyl regularly that have nothing to do with maintaining that shiny, "fresh out of the plastic" look.


Loss of Resale Value

First of all, failure to clean vinyl records can result in damage to the discs that will ultimately hurt their resale value further down the road. Even if you don't plan on parting with your vinyl any time soon, neglecting your cleaning schedule can have a negative impact on other expensive pieces of equipment. For example, grungy records can damage highly sensitive turntable components. Therefore, keeping your vinyl clean is a good idea all around.

Reduction in Audio Quality

More important to most vinyl owners is the loss of audio quality that comes with forgetting to clean up those records. Vinyl is highly sensitive to dirt, dust and even skin oils left by fingerprints. Even small amounts of crud on your vinyl can make those 45s sound less than stellar. Fortunately, it's usually possible to reverse that audio degradation with a thorough brushing and a special liquid cleaner bath using a spin wash machine.

Cleaning Vinyl the Right Way

Generally speaking, cleaning vinyl is hardly rocket science. As long as you have the right tools for the job, it only takes a few minutes to make vinyl look and sound brand-new. The biggest mistake that you can make when caring for your records is using the wrong vinyl cleaner. Only use vinyl-specific cleaners to shake off the cobwebs, and your collection should be just fine.

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Where to Find Vintage Records

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Recent sales figures indicate a strong rise in the number of people shopping for records today. Some credit the hipster generation with this rise, while others point out famous artists like Lana Del Rey who release records in combination with digital media and physical media. Those looking for LPs can shop online, but online sellers don't always highlight the damage associated with those records. The vinyl may have small scratches or other damage the keeps the music from playing. If you want the best records for your collection, you'll want to examine each LP in person. Find out the best places to find records.

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Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are a gold mine for collectors, but you want to get away from chains like Goodwill and focus on independent thrift stores and mom and pop shops. Not only do those shops have lower prices, but you'll also find a wider selection and may even locate some hard to find releases. Thrift stores will also let you open each box and check out the vinyl inside. Make sure that you check the condition and ensure that the right record is inside.

Yard Sales and Flea Markets

Yard sales and flea markets are another great place to find records. Some flea markets even have vendors who specialize in LPs. Though you might find that you need to pay a little extra, you can track down records you never saw in real life before. You'll find even lower prices when you shop yard sales. Make sure that you get there early to beat all the other collectors in your city. Even if you find vinyl that isn't in perfect condition, you can use vinyl record accessories to restore those albums.

Why Shop Offline

Shopping online lets you search for specific artists and locate hard to find albums, but shopping offline fills you with excitement and lets you enjoy the hunt. While it might take longer for you to finish your collection, you'll have fun tracking down all the vinyl on your list.
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Fatal Flaws to Look for When Buying Used Vinyl Records

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Nothing beats the thrill of discovering a great deal on a used vinyl record at your local neighborhood music store or a rummage sale. While buying your records online is a great way to find rare releases, it's also a bit of a gamble. If you're buying used vinyl, you'll want to inspect it in person to ensure that it's going to play well. Carefully inspect any potential vinyl purchases for the following imperfections.

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Disc Warping

The first thing that you should do when pulling a vinyl record out of its sleeve for the first time is to check it for warping. Stick a finger through the spindle hole and ensure that the record features a uniform, level surface. Look for a noticeable bulge closer to the center of the disc. Note that certain kinds of vinyl such as RCA Dynaflex may appear to be slightly warped without affecting playback.

Scratches and Dings

The second and most important potential imperfection to look for is scratching. Depending on the type of disc, a slight scratch may not be picked up by your turntable. Inspect discs with a flashlight held at a 45-degree angle. What you really need to be on the lookout for are scratches that run diagonal to the grooves. These are far more likely to cause skips and distortion. Disregard slight accumulations of dust and grime as these can be washed off.

Looking After Used Records the Right Way

Once you've found a used record in acceptable condition, it's vital that you take care of it to avoid scratches and warping from cropping up. Store those discs in a climate-controlled room kept at roughly 65 degrees Fahrenheit with 50% humidity. Regular cleaning using a record cleaner and the correct liquid solution is equally important. As long as you put a little effort into vinyl maintenance, those used records will put out excellent sound for many years.



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Two Simple Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Vinyl

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If you're going to go to the trouble of assembling a superior vinyl collection, you owe it to yourself to take care of that investment. Contaminants like dust, fingerprints and even atmospheric moisture will gradually degrade the fidelity of your vinyl if you let them. In order to guarantee that records remain pristine over time, there are two crucial things that every hardcore audiophile and vinyl collector must do.


1) Store Them Properly

Firstly, vinyl records should only be stored in a controlled environment where they're not exposed to excessive moisture, heat or light. Get a decent humidifier or dehumidifier if need be to ensure that records don't warp. Furthermore, records should be stored standing upright rather than stacked one on top of another. Finally, be sure to store records inside clean paper inner sleeves. Double up on protection by storing records in outer sleeves as well.

2) Clean Them Regularly

Besides proper storage, vinyl records require cleaning on a regular basis to remove dust, lint and other gunk. Before and after playing a record, it's a good idea to use a chamois cloth, a microfiber cloth or an anti-static record brush to wipe off any debris. If you really care about your vinyl records, you'll need to actually wash them with a specialty fluid. A dedicated record washer machine is beneficial for larger collections. They're fairly inexpensive and speed up the cleaning process.

The Right Tools for the Job

One of the best reasons to buy vinyl records is the fact that they'll give you a lifetime of listening if you treat them right. Don't make the same mistake that so many casual vinyl collectors make by neglecting to properly care for your hardware. A small investment in the right storage and cleaning gear will ensure that your vinyl is still producing beautiful sounds decades from now.
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2014 Yet Another Strong Year For Vinyl Records

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Continuing the trend that has taken place the past couple years, vinyl records enjoyed yet another year of resurgence with strong sales in 2014. With the highest number of vinyl sold since SoundScan began tracking music sales, last year proved once again that albums are far from dead. Find out why so many music aficionados hit their local record stores in 2014 and whether or not this trend will continue this year.

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Increase in vinyl records sold in the U.S. and U.K.

With over 9.2 million records sold in the United States in 2014, vinyl enjoyed an increase in sales that digital did not. Last year, Americans purchased 52% more vinyl than they did in 2013. Compare that to a 9% drop in digital album downloads in 2014, signaling the tides may once again be turning to favor vinyl over other forms of audio.

Not just the U.S. got in on the vinyl fun last year. The British Phonographic Industry reported that over one million vinyl records were sold in 2014 in the U.K. While this may be just a fraction of the amount of vinyl sold in the U.S., it’s the first time over one million records have sold in Britain since 1996.

Vinyl expected to sell well in 2015

Last year’s impressive figures indicate a solid vinyl sales performance once again for this upcoming year. Since vinyl offers customers a tangible product that can be preserved for decades and a warm, rich sound that can’t be found on CDs or MP3s, many expect the vinyl resurgence to continue in 2015.

While all appears to be going smoothly in the world of vinyl, some people are worried about the sudden boost in album sales. With concerns over a potential shortage of vinyl pressing plants that can’t keep up with the increased demand for physical albums, there is no doubt that vinyl records are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

When it comes to vinyl records, it is extremely important to keep your albums in great shape to help preserve their sound quality. If you are in the market for an album cleaner or any other vinyl record accessories, check out the wide selection available at Spin Clean. For more information, give us a call today at (800) 931-5850.
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Minor Details Vital When Cleaning Records

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While it may be easy to notice major issues and scratches on most vinyl records, the art of truly cleaning an album lies in the small details. In order to properly clean the vinyl records in your collection, it takes more than just a rag and some soapy water. If you are thinking about purchasing a record cleaner or are interested in getting your vinyl in superior quality, find out how to effectively cleanse albums by focusing on the minor details.

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Use distilled water

When cleaning the vinyl records in your collection, it may not even occur to you to only use water that has been distilled. Since most tap water often contains minerals and other impurities that can stick to the grooves of vinyl albums, distilled water is recommended for cleaning records.

Check status of brushes

Much like the bristles on your toothbrush, the brushes used to clean albums are not intended to last forever. After cleaning approximately 4000 pieces of vinyl, it is recommended that you replace the brushes used to remove dirt and grime from records.

Reusability of cloths

Since vinyl records shouldn’t be dried with any paper towel or rag from the shelf, special drying cloths are utilized to keep albums dry and ready to be played. Fortunately, vinyl-drying cloths can be reused after each use. Simply wash dirty cloths with white clothing items in bleach and keep away from fabric softeners and dryer sheets, for a surface that can dry your vinyl for months.

Check your stylus

One thing that could be impacting your records without your knowledge is a damaged or worn out stylus. Even with proper cleaning, a broken stylus can create unwanted noise and cause permanent damage to your vinyl records. Avoid the arduous process of replacing the vinyl in your collection by checking the status of your turntable’s stylus on a regular basis.

Vinyl records require regular maintenance to stay in proper shape, which is why the cleaning process is so important in keeping these pieces of music intact. For more information about cleaning the vinyl in your collection, give us a call today at (800) 931-5850.
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Vinyl Accessory Options For Non-Music Lovers

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With vinyl records continuing to enjoy a resurgence in popularity, many people that are not the biggest music fans are getting in on the fun of vinyl. From decorative art pieces to jewelry and home décor, vinyl records are being used in more ways than ever before. Find out some interesting and unique methods for showcasing vinyl, even if you don’t consider yourself a music aficionado.

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Vinyl purses

Everybody loves to show off their taste in music to friends, which makes vinyl purses the perfect opportunity to display your love of a favorite band out in public. Utilizing both halves of a record and fabric liner, records are brought to life and everyone can see your appreciation for the work of the Beatles, Rolling Stones or any other artist you admire.

Party decorations

When it comes to throwing a party and providing decorations for a big event, vinyl records can offer the ideal look and appearance to make your party a success. By hanging cheap vinyl records from the ceiling, music aficionados can both enjoy the décor and marvel at the vinyl chosen to dangle from the ceiling.

Jewelry

Living in a great time with many available options for clever arts and crafts projects, many different jewelry options can be created using vinyl records. Let your imagination run free by punching out unique shapes and designs out of old vinyl records and hanging them from your head in a necklace. Additionally, heat vinyl records in the oven to soften them, making it easy to fasten the vinyl into a cool bracelet that will form to your wrist.

Create an atmosphere

If you are throwing a party, vinyl records can offer an opportunity to create a unique environment and design for your event. By cutting records into the shape of a skyline, you can create an environment for your party that can help to set the tone or mood of your event.

While some may find it sacrilegious to modify vinyl records, thousands of people on a daily basis are creating clever ways to feature vinyl in everyday life. For more information on record ideas or for a quality vinyl cleaner, contact Spin Clean today at (800) 931-5850.
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Six Things Beginners Should Know Before Starting a Vinyl Collection

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Collecting vinyl can be quite a rewarding hobby. However, if you start a collection without any knowledge of vinyl, you may be setting yourself up for failure. From the right turntable to cleaning your records, it's important to know a few things before you become a collector. Here are six things you should know before you start collecting vinyl records.
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The right turntable

The turntable you choose shouldn't be ultra-cheap, but doesn't need to be the type a DJ would use. It needs to fit your needs and should be able to provide great sound. When you choose a turntable, you should make sure you understand that a belt drive turntable is recommended for beginners.

The cartridge

The cartridge is an important purchase, but you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on it. You can usually get one from the same manufacturer as your turntable for around $50. This is something you can always upgrade later, if necessary.

The sound system

Your stereo is also quite an important piece of equipment. You will probably need a preamp, unless your turntable has one built in. A good preamp can be found for under $100. You will also want to make sure you get a good set of speakers with high quality sound to maximize the impact of your setup.

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After you have the right set up for playing your records, you can start collecting vinyl. For many collectors, finding a bargain record shop with all types of used and new choices is a great way to start. You may even find records for less than a dollar, allowing you to build your collection quickly without spending a ton of money.

Another great way to find records for a low price is through Craigslist and eBay. Both websites have all types of collectors with plenty of options for you to choose from.

Cleaning your Records

If you don't take good care of your records, you will have to replace them or deal with poor sound quality. A quality record cleaner can make a huge difference and can make caring for your new vinyl extremely easy.

Storing your Records

You never want to stack your records because they may warp. With vinyl, you want to store them standing up like a book on a shelf. This will keep the records in great shape for years to come.

There are many other things about collecting vinyl that you will want to learn along the way. However, these six tips will help you start collecting vinyl quickly and will allow you to enjoy your records for a very long time.

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7 Vinyl FAQs

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Vinyl records are once again growing in popularity, but aside from a few true audiophiles, not many individuals know much about them. Here is a short FAQ to get you up to speed on why you should consider starting a collection. 

 1) Why buy vinyl?

Many individuals choose to buy vinyl records because they consider themselves “audiophiles”. Basically, these individuals are particularly concerned with the fidelity of a sound recording. Others simply prefer the authenticity of its aesthetics. Nothing in the digital age can compare to pulling a record out of it’s sleeve, setting it on a turntable, and placing the needle of the arm in the vinyl grooves.

2) Does vinyl actually sound better?

A long list of factors has to be taken into account when comparing the sound of a vinyl record to that of a digital file. With the right turntable and amplifier, most won’t be able to tell the difference between vinyl and digital files.

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3) Why do people prefer vinyl?

More is always better when it comes to technology, right? Well, not necessarily. Digital recordings do a superior job of capturing musical dynamic range, but that, unfortunately, is their downfall. Analog technology captures less information, but the lack of detail tends to be more pleasing to the ear. Audiophiles often claim that the lack of information present in analog recordings give them a “warmth” that is not present in their digital counterparts.

4) What is analog?

Analog is a continuous signal with varying pressure that produces a sound wave.

5) Where do you buy vinyl?

Vinyl is more widely available than you would imagine. Online, record stores, clothing shops, secondhand stores, garage sales- anywhere really! Records aren’t as hard to come by as you think.

6) Is it better to buy a new version of an old record?

This is a tricky question, because the answer varies. Reissues of an album may not be made from the original analog master, but from a CD. A record made from a CD nullifies the entire reasoning behind buying a vinyl in the first place. It will sound the exact same, if not worse than, the digital version. If the new pressing was made from the original analog master, go for it!

7) How do you take care of them?

The best way to keep your records in good condition is to keep them stored in a cool, dry place, as this will prevent warping. Also, there many vinyl record accessories available on the market that can help you clean your records. This ensures that that will stay free from scratches and dust, prolonging their life.


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The Rise of Vinyl Subscription Clubs

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If you are a movie buff, Netflix is your best friend. If your preferred method of relaxation is with a video game controller and a headset, GameFly will deliver your favorite Xbox games directly to your door. But what if you are a vinyl aficionado that is constantly looking for new avenues to discover and listen to records? Fortunately, a number of vinyl subscription clubs are growing in popularity, providing audiophiles with a variety of options for receiving curated and personalized vinyl recommendations through the mail. Here are some of our favorite top vinyl subscription clubs that have helped many people find incredible albums.

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VNYL

Each month, VNYL will hand pick a batch of records and send them directly to your door. After choosing from a variety of different genres, moods and vibes, VNYL will craft a playlist of albums that can be listened to for as long as you wish. Simply return the vinyl that you are done with and VNYL will send you new records in a couple days.

Third Man Records Vault

When it comes to vinyl records, nobody is pushing the boundaries of the medium quite like rocker Jack White. Through his label Third Man Records, White has been providing subscribers with rare and unique vinyl products that can’t be found on the shelves of record stores. With exclusive access to news, music, videos and even pre-sale tickets to White’s concerts, the Third Man Records Vault is the ideal club for fans of innovative vinyl products and the White Stripes.

Vinyl Me, Please

With the goal of providing subscribers with one perfect record each month, Vinyl Me, Please offers people with a great opportunity to discover their new favorite album. Every month, Vinyl Me, Please will choose one record that is wholly complete and ship it to club subscribers. Aiming to only provide listeners with undeniably incredible vinyl records, Vinyl Me, Please offers a unique and exciting chance for music aficionados to learn about amazing albums.

For those that wish to learn about new albums from the comfort of their couches, vinyl subscription clubs allow audiophiles to gain access to new and classic records without sifting through the bins. If you would like more information on vinyl record accessories, give us a call today at (800) 931-5850.
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Print Your Own Vinyl Records

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The process of pressing a record to vinyl has long been considered a time and resource consuming operation. With expensive materials and a lack of vinyl pressing machines available to the public, it can be difficult making your own vinyl record. Fortunately, an Australian inventor is aiming to make the process of pressing an album to vinyl easier than ever before. Find out more about this crowd-funded project that could turn your favorite MP3s and CDs into vinyl records in minutes.

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Cutting your very own album

Utilizing a  ‘turn-key’ stereo cutting system, Machina Pro has developed a device that allows you to plug in your audio device and cut songs straight to vinyl. With automated technology, the Desktop Record Cutter strives to make pressing whatever audio you like onto vinyl as simple and affordable as possible. Aiming to make it easier than ever to access a vinyl cutting system, this new device could help thousands of people hear vinyl versions of their favorite songs in no time.

Many potential uses for device

This device has wide reaching applications and could help bands sell exclusive vinyl products to fans. The Desktop Record Cutter could allow artists to press exactly how many albums they need and deliver them straight to consumers. Additionally, smaller record labels will be able to take more chances on young bands looking to make it in the industry. Since pressing costs will be reduced, labels can spend more money promoting bands and marketing albums.

Utilizing the crowd-funded method of financing the project, Machina Pro is looking for a startup cost of $10,000 to begin the process of bringing these machines to the public. With an estimated market price of $6,500, Machina Pro hopes that with more crowd-funded support the Desktop Record Cutter could near a $4,000 price point.

While this product is still being developed for home usage, its potential applications make it one of the most intriguing products heading into 2015. For more information on cutting your own vinyl or for vinyl record accessories, contact Spin Clean today at (800) 931-5850.

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Black Friday Means Big Business For Vinyl

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Black Friday has a reputation of being a dangerous day for shopping, where at any moment you can be tackled by other shoppers in search of crazy deals. While this may still happen at some retail stores, Black Friday has a different meaning for record collectors. With each year bringing a new selection of Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive releases, vinyl aficionados look forward to waiting in line for hours to snatch up the latest limited release albums. Find out which releases caused the most stir and why this year’s Black Friday was especially beneficial for the vinyl industry.

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Big names releasing exclusive vinyl


With Record Store Day Black Friday becoming a bigger event each year, more big name artists are releasing limited edition vinyl albums than ever before. Platinum selling artists like David Bowie, Metallica and Bon Jovi all put out exclusive vinyl releases on Black Friday, which were snatched up quickly by collectors at stores across the country. Throw in some albums released for the first time on vinyl like the American Hustle soundtrack and Jimi Hendrix’s Hear My Music, and you have a holiday of sorts for vinyl lovers.

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Black Friday 2014 was also responsible for the second highest selling weekend for vinyl sales since Nielson Music started keeping track of albums sold in 1991. Moving more than 259,000 pieces of vinyl over the weekend, record stores have had problems keeping some items in stock because of high demand. With Black Friday’s strong end of the year sales boost, 2014 looks to be yet another great year for vinyl sales.

Sales for vinyl records have been up in 2014, proving once again that physical albums are far from a dying art form. With more than 7.6 million albums sold in the past year, people are still seeking out record stores and buying vinyl in large numbers. Up from the 6.1 million albums sold in 2013, this record year for vinyl sales could be just the beginning of another resurgence of records.

Vinyl records continue to move copies, ensuring their place in popular culture and in the homes of record aficionados. If you or someone you know has a record collection that is looking a little dingy, contact us today for the top vinyl cleaner on the market. 

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How to Properly Maintain Vinyl Records

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Collecting vinyl records can be a very fun and rewarding hobby. However, you will need to learn the best ways to keep your records clean to properly preserve them. Without preservation, your records can become warped and may not play properly.

When you choose the right type of cleaner and preservation methods, you can keep your records playing high quality sound for much longer. Here are a few of the things to know about preserving your vinyl records.

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Clean Your Records Regularly

Cleaning your vinyl records is a vital part of preserving them. You may need a few good vinyl record accessories to make sure your collection remains clean and should always wipe your records before playing them. Also, do a more thorough cleaning of your collection every month.

When you clean your records often, you will be preserving them by keeping off dirt that can cause damage. Make sure to use the proper materials to ensure your records sound as good as possible.

Keep Your Stylus Clean

Even if you clean your records frequently, a dirty stylus can cause damage to vinyl. When dirt becomes stuck to the stylus, it can transfer that dirt to your record and cause permanent damage. Make sure you choose an approved cleaner and cleanse the stylus frequently.

You should clean the stylus before and after playing any record. This process doesn't take very long and it's a very good way to prevent damage and distortion to your collection.

Use Record Covers and Jackets

Records typically come with covers and jackets to protect the vinyl. When you store your records in these covers and jackets, it will help keep away some of the dirt. Keep in mind, even the best cover and jacket won't keep all dirt out. However, your record is better protected when it's put in both a jacket and cover.

These are just a few of the things you can do to protect your vinyl record collection. With the right accessories, you can make sure each record remains in good condition for a much longer amount of time.

For more information on how to properly maintain your vinyl collection, contact us today at 1-800-931-5850. We can help get your records back to like-new condition, breathing new life into vinyl with wear and tear.
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Avoid Making These Vinyl Record Mistakes

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Vinyl records can be a bit fragile in some ways and there are certain things you never want to do with them. There are also some things you need to be aware of, such as appropriate cleaning habits and properly storing your vinyl collection. To maintain the sound and value of your albums, make sure to keep in mind these things you should never do with vinyl records.

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Don't stack your records

Stacking your records is the biggest mistake a record collector can make. When you stack vinyl records, they can easily warp or crack. This will make it impossible to ever get the same sound quality out of them again. Records need to be stored upright on a shelf or in milk crates to preserve their quality.

Avoid dropping the needle or picking it up quickly

When a record is playing, you never want to drop the needle to start it or pick it up quickly, especially when a song is fading out. This can result in pops and ticks when an album is played. Instead, use the cueing lever at all times and cue songs just before the music starts.

Don't clean records with a t-shirt

Many record enthusiasts wipe their records like they would a pair of sunglasses, rubbing their valued vinyl with a t-shirt. This isn't a good way to clean your records and can scratch or scuff them. It's much better to use a good vinyl cleaner for your records, since you won't have to worry about causing damage.

Avoid scotch tape on the album cover

Scotch tape or packing tape should never be used to fix a record jacket or cover. As it ages, it will become gooey, brittle and yellow. This makes things look far worse than they did before and can cause further damage. Instead, use a poly outer sleeve for the record jacket.

Don't drop your record into a jacket or sleeve

It may be tempting to drop the record into the jacket or sleeve, but it can destroy your albums. When carelessly dropped into the jacket, you can unintentionally split the cover or cause damage to the record. Make sure you put your records away in a gentle manner, slowly sliding the vinyl into the jacket or sleeve.

Make sure the platter stops first

You don't ever want to pick your record up while the platter is still spinning. This is the fastest way to scratch the flipside of the record and destroy it for good. Make sure the platter has completely stopped prior to snatching the record from the player.

These are just a few of the things you should never do with your vinyl records. It's always best to be very gentle with your records and keep them clean with an approved cleaning system. For more information, contact us today at 1-800-931-5850.

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7 Albums That Sound Better On Vinyl

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Not all vinyl albums are created equal. While the sound of vinyl is clearly superior to audio played on any other medium, some records sound better than others. With different thicknesses, weights, pressings and special editions, certain vinyl releases make different versions of the same record sound completely unique. Here are some tips for selecting the proper vinyl release of an album, plus the ultimate list of records that must be heard on a proper turntable.

What to look for


When it comes to buying new vinyl records, look for releases and reissues that are pressed on 180-gram vinyl. These heavier and thicker records will last longer and sound better than typical 140-gram records.

For used vinyl records, aim to purchase albums that were not pressed between 1974 and 2000. This stretch of time featured pressings of albums with thinner vinyl that was often recycled, creating a lackluster sound compared to superior pressings.

Must own vinyl albums

1. Van Morrison – Moondance

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The album that put Van the Man on the map. Featuring some of the best songs Van Morrison ever wrote, Moondance is a classic album that blends jazz, blues, rock and soul. If you have only heard this album on CD or MP3, get your hands on a copy of the vinyl for a completely new experience. With the vinyl featuring fuller mids and lows compared to other releases, Moondance was written for and is intended to be heard on vinyl.

2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

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While most electronic music is crafted behind the screen of a computer, Daft Punk brought in music luminaries including Nile Rodgers, Julian Casablancas and Pharrell Williams to help create this disco-inspired dance record. With impeccable sounding instrumentals and flawless vocals, this is a vinyl that is guaranteed to have people moving. You’ve heard ‘Get Lucky’ a million times on the radio; just wait until you hear it on a turntable.

3. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique


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Commonly referred to as one of the greatest hip-hop records of all time, Paul’s Boutique was one of the first releases completely made up of sampled materials. With a place in the crate of nearly every working DJ today, Paul’s Boutique remains a favorite with hip-hop heads and vinyl aficionados alike.

4. Jack White – Lazaretto


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With his record label Third Man Records, Jack White has taken vinyl to a completely different level. His most recent album, Lazaretto, is filled with vinyl exclusives that makes this record a must own for vinyl junkies. Featuring hidden tracks found underneath the inner label, a song with multiple intros based on where the needle is dropped and holograms that appear when spun, this is an album must be heard and experienced on vinyl to be believed.

5. Paul Simon – Graceland

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Bringing South African sounds to an entirely new audience, Paul Simon’s comeback record is jam-packed with stunning instruments and vivacious vocals. The bass and vocals nearly jump out of the speakers on Graceland, which explains why so many people have this vinyl in their collections. Graceland helped to merge world music with 50’s style rock and roll, creating a listening experience that hasn’t been matched since its release.

6. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

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In an era when album releases come and go without notice, it’s a shame that records like Exile on Main Street aren’t being made anymore. This double album showcases the Stones in peak form, featuring some of the top songs the rock legends ever wrote. Records like this are the reason why people still love quality album art and good ol’ fashioned rock music, harkening back to a time when albums really mattered.

7. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

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With earsplitting guitars and dreamy vocals, My Bloody Valentine creates beautiful and gloomy rock music. As one of the defining records of the early 1990’s, Loveless showcases the band at their most brutal and emotional. The vinyl of Loveless opens the ears to layers of complexities not found on the CD or MP3 releases, making this LP a must for vinyl loving shoegaze fans.

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What Customers are Saying about the Spin Clean Record Washer

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Music aficionados and vinyl collectors alike can't say enough about the Spin Clean Record Washer! With the ability to bring life back to records, customers are thrilled with their washers and are using them to preserve their collections and save unplayable vinyl. Here are a few of the many things custoemrs have said about our record washers.

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What do Vinyl Record Collectors All Know to be True?

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While vinyl records may be an old school way to play music, many people still find value in spinning vinyl. Even though vinyl records are not the primary method most people use for listening to music anymore, they still have a strong fan base that prefers their tunes spun on a turntable instead of inside a pair of ear buds.

Not only are vinyl record lovers protective of their albums, they know there are certain handling procedures to take into account in order to properly preserve records. Here are a few facts that vinyl record owners know to be true.

Original vinyl records are the best

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People that collect anything will tell you that it’s all about finding original items. With so many records digitally re-mastered and reissued, finding a first pressing of a rare record is like striking gold for collectors.

Records can be pricey

Collecting vinyl records can be quite the costly habit. Rare or limited edition vinyl records are worth quite a bit, thus costing the collector more to obtain it.

Fortunately, vinyl records can retain their value much better than CDs or any other form of audio. If properly maintained, some albums will increase in value with age.

Organizing the collection

For those with a solid collection, organizing your records can be challenging. Finding a system that works, such as dividing the records by genre or alphabetical order, is the best way to keep track of them.

It is important to never stack vinyl albums. You could risk damaging, cracking or warping the record by stacking vinyl, as they must be stored upright.

Being protective of others touching your records

Since vinyl records are so easy to damage, a collector can become very protective of their records. If someone mishandles your favorite Beatles LP, it could ruin the record.

The sound quality

You can’t beat the sound quality a record offers listeners. Collectors agree, the authentic sound of a record cannot be found in another medium, which is why vinyl still thrives today.

Care

Not only do record collectors prefer turntables with a cueing lever, helping them to avoid damaging a record by lowering the tone arm by hand, but they are also careful about how they put an album back in the jacket. Placing the record in wrong could cause seam splits and could decrease the value of the record.

Vinyl collectors understand taking proper care of their records and are protective of their collection. For more information on collecting vinyl or for a quality record washer, visit Spin Clean today.

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The Ten Most Valuable Vinyl Records of All Time

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It may be surprising to hear what the top ten most valuable vinyl records are, especially since some of them are lesser-known albums that aren’t necessarily known as music records. These records are valued because of their rarity, causing vinyl collectors to search the bins hoping to strike gold with any of the following albums.

Most Valuable Record Ever

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The most valuable vinyl record of all time is John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Double Fantasy” album from 1980. It sold for over $400,000 in 1999, but the only one worth this much is the one signed by John Lennon back in 1980.

John signed it on December 8th for Mark David Chapman, who returned five hours later and killed the former Beatle. The album was actually used in the court case against Chapman. Although this is the top price for a piece of vinyl now, the list is regularly changing.

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The Beatles make the list of top priced vinyl records with their “Yesterday and Today” album from 1966. The album sold for $38,800 in 1996 because this vinyl was in perfect condition and because the cover is of The Beatles posing in white butcher smocks, which were draped with pieces of meat and plastic dolls.

Since Capitol Records had these albums pulled and changed the cover, the ones with the butcher cover are worth significantly more money. 

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Elvis makes the list for his “Good Luck Charm” single from 1962 and his “Stay Away, Joe” promotional album from 1967. “Stay Away, Joe” contains a 30-minute radio program with nine Elvis gospel songs and promotion for the movie “Stay Away, Joe.” The “Good Luck Charm” single is one of the last monaural recordings before stereos started to take over.

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A couple acetate albums make the list, starting with an acetate LP by the Velvet Underground and Nico from 1966. There is only one copy and it’s worth $25,200 as of 2006.

The other acetate album on the list is the acetate disk by the Quarrymen from 1958. The record is worth almost $200,000 and currently resides in Paul McCartney’s collection.

Rest of the Costly Vinyl Records


The other most expensive vinyl records of all time include:

  • The Five Sharps’ “Stormy Weather” 78-rpm single 1952 - $25,000

  • Sex Pistols “God Save the Queen” single 1977 - $20,000

  • Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You?” 1965 - $30,000

  • Bob Dylan’s “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” album 1963 - $35,000

If you are ever lucky enough to find one of these records in good condition, know that you have a gold mine resting in your hands. For more information on vinyl records or for a quality record washer, contact Spin Clean today.

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Does Vinyl Sound Better than CDs?

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Vinyl records are known to contain the best quality of sound for listening to music. Even the newest technology can’t create the authentic sound the artist intended to be heard on vinyl. CDs may have become popular, but vinyl records are still around and are seeing a big comeback in terms of sales and value.

Due to the quality of sound vinyl offers, new artists still release their albums for sale on vinyl. The sound from a vinyl record is so rare and authentic that audiences can’t get enough. So why does vinyl sound better than CDs, especially since CDs are a newer technology?

Playing vinyl vs. CDs

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Vinyl records play an analog recording, while CDs play a digital recording. A digital recording is a snapshot of the analog signal at a certain rate. The rate for CDs is 44,100 times per second and the accuracy for CDs is 16-bit. Digital recordings cannot capture the total sound wave as vinyl does.

Why CDs lack what vinyl records don’t

Unfortunately, this means if a trumpet or drum beat transitions too quickly, the sound will be distorted since it’s transitioning too quickly for a sample rate.

When you play a CD on your home stereo, the CD player also converts your digital recording to an analog signal and sends it through your amplifier. The amplifier will raise the voltage of the signal to a higher level through your speaker.

Vinyl records contain grooves, which reflect the original sound’s waveform and no information can be lost when played. No conversion is needed when fed to an amplifier because the output of the record player is already analog. With no information lost, the recording is more accurate and the sound is richer and fuller.

Comparing CDs to vinyl records

Essentially, your CD is a snapshot of the analog, while a vinyl record doesn’t require any conversion. Your vinyl plays the originally intended sound, while your CD is only playing a copied and converted version of the music the artists originally created.

Every groove of the vinyl record holds the intended details and frequency of the original track. CDs leave out bits and pieces to be desired. Vinyl records not only offer the best sound quality, but also come with a reasonable price. They are also considered heirlooms and are often passed down from generation to generation.

Vinyl records sound better than CDs because they don’t experience a conversion like a compact disc. Digital recordings can’t capture the true essence of what the artist intended the track to sound like, giving vinyl the ultimate edge over CDs.

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Why Your Vinyl Records Sound Stale

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Have you recently purchased a vinyl record, put it on the turntable and found that the sound quality isn’t up to par with other albums in your collection? While many may blame the equipment for the subpar sound, the problem could be the vinyl itself.

Simply hand cleaning your records is a good place to start, but bringing the vinyl back to its original condition will take more than just a quick brushing. Want to learn how to keep your valuable vinyl collection in the best condition possible? Read ahead to find out about the many benefits of keeping your records clean and scratch-free.

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More Than Keeping Vinyl on Shelves

Record collectors know that condition is everything when looking at vinyl records. Sometimes the difference between a hundred dollar record and a thousand dollar record is the condition of the vinyl. Nothing hurts a record’s value more than scratches or smudges on a piece of vinyl, which is why it is so important to keep your investments in the best possible condition.

In addition to maintaining the value of your vinyl, it’s vital to keep a clean record collection to preserve the sound of your albums. Tired of hearing distant or stale sounds coming from your favorite records? It could be due to their lackluster condition. Vinyl records with dirty surfaces simply sound inferior compared to albums fresh out of the sleeve, which is why you need to make an effort to keep your collection looking spick and span.

Achieving Perfectly Clean Records

The best and most efficient way to keep your vinyl collection in audiophile quality is with the use of a record washer. These devices will wash away the dirt and grime from your vinyl, breathing new life into records you thought were damaged forever.

Record washers not only bring back the breathtaking sound of high-quality vinyl, they can elevate the value of the records in your collection. Vinyl free from scratches and wear and tear can be worth up to ten times what a worn record costs. Make the most out of your valuable albums by giving your vinyl the treatment they deserve.

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