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Musicians Who Support Vinyl Records

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Not just audiophiles and collectors appreciate vinyl records. Some of the leading musicians in the industry go out of their way to release album on vinyl and support fans of vinyl records. These musicians appreciate the nostalgia of vinyl and the great sound of a high-quality LP.

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Jack White

The former White Stripes frontman is a noted lover of vinyl and has used his Third Eye label to support the resurgence of vinyl. In 2014, he produced the "World's Fastest Record," as he recorded his new single "Lazaretto" and a batch of singles in a four-hour timespan. He also purchased the original copy of Elvis Presley's first recording for $300,000.

The Flaming Lips

Fans of the indie rock darlings, The Flaming Lips, receive plenty of extras when they purchase vinyl versions of the band's albums. Past releases have included special artwork, notes and even DVDs of live performances. The band's singer Wayne Coyne told Reuters that vinyl releases have a visceral appeal that digital releases can't match.

Reasons Musicians Love Vinyl

Musicians want their fans to have a special connection with their music, and a vinyl recording can provide that. When a record that has been cleaned with a vinyl cleaner and is played on a quality turntable, it has a warmth and depth of sound that can't be beat. In addition, full albums allow musicians to provide memorable front and back cover artwork, liner notes, song lyrics and other special features to their fans that simply can't be done with a digital release.
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The Best of the Golden Age of Rock

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The golden age of rock music brought with it some of the finest vinyl albums ever pressed, and if you're a vinyl collector, you owe it to yourself to check out some of the classics. When out shopping for new records or vinyl record accessories, take the time to track some of these timeless treasures down.

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Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin had a hit on their hands with their self-titled first album, and their follow-up album brought fans more of the hard rock blues sound that had made them a success; however, not content to rehash the same thing, Zeppelin began incorporating new sounds into their repertoire. While tracks like "Whole Lotta Love" and "What Is and What Should Never Be" carried much of the blues-tinged rock sounds of the original album, tracks like "Ramble On" and "Thank You" found the band exploring ballads and folk tunes--sounds that would come to dominate their polarizing third album a year later.

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

In 1975, Pink Floyd unleashed "Wish You Were Here" upon the world. With only five tracks, psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd created a tapestry of sound that would go on to influence legions of progressive and art rock groups. Two massive tracks bookend the album and take listeners on a synthesizer and guitar filled journey across an incomparable musical soundscape. The rest of the album is filled out with the classic tracks, "Welcome to the Machine," "Have a Cigar," and "Wish You Were Here," all of which still receive substantial radio play.

Rush - Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures, released in 1981, saw Rush at the pinnacle of creativity. While not getting overly pretentious, the band created an unforgettable blend of hard rock riffing and prog-rock stylings that cemented them as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. The incredible song writing and musicianship found on Moving Pictures would go on to influence thousands of budding musicians. Fan favorites such as "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight" are rock staples to this day.
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The Reasons Why People Love Vinyl Records

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Vinyl records have seen quite the resurgence over the last couple of years. Audiophiles swear by vinyl, and casual listeners are starting to embrace this classic audio format. This means that more record players are being sold, and new technologies make the records sound even better than they did during their heyday. Doomsayers have predicted the death of vinyl records and turntables for years, but they've been proven wrong time and again. People love their records for the following reasons.

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Records Have A Natural Sound Quality

Records have a naturally warm and inviting sound; there's nothing like turning on a record and hearing the crackle of the vinyl. CDs and digital music have more impressive technical specifications when it comes to their sound quality, but the sound is just too clear. It makes it sound artificial and overly produced. Music is about heart and soul, and records do a better job of conveying this through their imperfections.

Inexpensive Variety

Records have been around for years, and this makes it easy for you to buy a variety of music without having to spend thousands of dollars. You can buy an old turntable and a record cleaner, and you'll be able to clean up and listen to old records that you find at yard sales and record shops.

Enhanced Album Art

When you buy a CD or download an album, you miss out on a big part of the artist's vision; you don't get a chance to look at and appreciate the artwork and notes that come with the album. If you want a total album experience, then a vinyl record gives that to you. You get to see the album's artwork in its full size, and some records include bonuses like posters and lyrics that you can't get with CDs or digital downloads. When you buy a vinyl record, the artist's message isn't condensed and cheapened. Buying a record is the best way to listen to music; you get to enjoy the music the way it was meant to be heard, and your listening experience is never hindered by compressed, chopped or digitized music.
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The Warmth and Depth of Music on Vinyl

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Part of the thrill of listening to your favorite album on vinyl is experiencing music the way it was heard for decades in the past. There's also a strong case to be made that music, especially rock, sounds better on vinyl than it does when listening to an MP3 or a track from a streaming media site. Many music fans feel that the vinyl album provides a aural depth to the music that simply can't be found from a digital file.

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The Warmth of the Sound

One of the main reasons that people love listening to rock and roll music on vinyl is that the sounds seems to have a particular "warmth" that sets it apart from a digital version of the track. A big reason for this is that the nature of a vinyl recording is similar to how humans hear music. Vinyl records emphasize the mid-range sounds, which creates a warmth and improves the "fuzzy" nature of rock guitars.

Easily Get Great Sound Quality

Vinyl recording is the only audio format that is completely analog. This means that there is absolutely no compression of the audio file when it is transferred to the recording media. With digital files, there will always be some level of compression, and this compression can be significant depending on the length of the track and the desired file size.

Keep Your Records Clean for the Best Sound

Vinyl provides a unique audio experience that many people find superior to digital music. One way to ensure that you are getting the best audio quality possible from your vinyl albums is to invest in a record washer. Having clean and well-maintained records will make the music sound great and the albums last as long as possible.
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Three Reasons Why Vintage Vinyl Records Are Making a Comeback

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Turntables that play vinyl records reached their heyday in the 1970's and then began a slow decline as cassette tapes, compact discs and finally digital MP3 players rose in popularity. In recent years, vintage vinyl records have made a strong comeback in music lovers of all ages. Those who have maintained their albums using vinyl cleaner will find that their records sound just as good as they did 30 or 40 years ago. Consider these three reasons why vintage vinyl records are making a comeback in the 2010's.

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Better Sound Quality

If you listen to a song on your iPod with earbuds and then listen to the same song played on a vinyl record played on a turntable, you'll immediately notice the difference in sound quality. Vinyl records offer a depth of sound that is unparalleled when it comes to playing music on other media. This is especially true for songs that have a wide range of sounds, from deep bass to the high notes of an acoustic guitar.

Cover Art

The size of an album cover lends itself to being a fantastic canvas for cover art. As early as the 1950s and 1960s, music groups began to create elaborate logos, portraits, crests and other types of cover art. Many of these album covers are so beautiful that collectors sought them out as artwork rather than for the music on the vinyl record. Even current releases on vinyl feature artwork that is not included on CD cases.

Retro Appeal

Anything that is retro or vintage has had a resurgence in popularity. Baby Boomers are pulling out their collections from the 1960s through the 1980s, and their children are interested in these records as well. Classic rock groups such as Led Zeppelin and Queen continue to remain popular, with newly released material in 2014.

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Get In the Groove with Clean Vinyl Discs

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Care and preservation are key to enjoying vintage recorded materials; vinyl record accessories are essential tools for audio enthusiasts. Cleaning vinyl discs is among the vital tasks. Not only does dust and dirt interfere with sound reproduction, but the particles can also damage the imprinted surfaces and cause permanent loss of quality.

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Collectors to the Rescue

For collectors and fans of vintage vinyl recordings, care and attention to the condition are important. Collectors expend considerable time and effort to maintain the condition of their precious collections. Further, when obtained, many items require a deep cleaning to counter the effects of use and neglect. Reclaiming an old disc from poor condition to like new is a rewarding experience for vinyl record collectors. The surfaces of vinyl records are meant to handle the light pressure of a stylus. If improperly stored, the surfaces can bend and warp; if handled carelessly, oils from hands and fingers cause dirt build-ups in the grooves.

Cleaning and Preserving Vinyl Discs

Effective cleaning is a matter of lightly touching the surfaces and getting some action in the grooves to remove dust, dirt and particles. Harsh chemicals can affect the surfaces and render them more prone to dirt build-up. The most common approach is a soft cloth and a mild solution; however, effective cleaning requires a lot of rubbing. The grooves resist cleaning with soft damp cloth, and many materials leave lint in the grooves.

There are two recorded sides to most vinyl discs, and handheld cleaning techniques usually involve cleaning one side at a time. Many collectors use the spinning motion of the turntable to help clean discs, and some add a small brush near the stylus to track along the grooves.


Clean Sounds

The quality of a vinyl recording and a collection depend on the condition of the vinyl surfaces. Cleaning and maintenance are critical tasks for successful collectors. For those who simply enjoy vinyl discs that capture the style and music movements of past eras, clean discs add much to the experience.

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Reasons Why Vinyl Is Known as the Comeback Kid

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If you've paid a visit to a music store recently, you may have noticed an increasingly large vinyl section. This isn't just old vinyl the store is trying to unload, however, but new vinyl that has just been pressed. Classic albums are being re-released to reach a new generation, and many new bands are putting out special editions of their newest works on vinyl. To be sure, the current generation's fascination with all things retro contributes to the recent explosion of interest, but there is more to vinyl than just the hipster retro factor.

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The Sound

Any fan of vinyl knows that sound is all important. MP3s, while the current king of the musical world, have compressed sound that comes across as flat and lifeless. This may be adequate for someone blasting the latest pop hits on a pair of cheap earbuds, but for anyone who appreciates audio quality, the warmth and dynamics of vinyl -- when played on quality speakers--presents an unparalleled audio experience.

The Look

Album artwork represents some of the most creative pieces of art of the 20th century and beyond. Soulless digital files rarely come with art included, and even compact disc cases are far too small to effectively display some of the fantastic artwork found on albums.

The Collectability

While so much entertainment today is presented in a solely digital format, some people have rediscovered (or discovered for the first time) the joys of tangible collections of music. The satisfaction of having a large physical collection of music can't really be quantified, but those who collect know the emotional satisfaction of having their favorite music on display. Vinyl can be shared and passed down to later generations, though it is absolutely essential to care for a collection through proper handling, storage and a high quality record cleaner
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Yard Sales Can Turn Vinyl to Gold after Cleaning

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A lot of collectible items can be found at yard sales. In some cases, record collections are dismantled and sold for a very low price. Most of the time, the owners just want to get rid of everything they can to make room for other stuff. Since technology provides alternative methods for listening to music, record owners often don't realize the value when putting a sticker on the cover at a yard sale.

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Prolonging the Beauty of Vinyl

After buying the albums that interest you most, keeping them clean is of utmost importance. Over the years, the records could have experienced a great deal of abuse. This is where a record washer could come in handy. In moments, you can revitalize the album to look good while playing without debris in the grooves.

Storage is important once you've cleaned the records purchased from the yard sale. Many collectors will store their vinyl in sealed chests free from humidity. In any event, you don't want the covers to become pressed together tightly for extended periods of time. The ink used could cause them to stick together. Some people will use separators while the records are in storage keeping the covers from touching.

Clean the Records When Selling to Collectors

Collectors usually want the album cover to be in prime condition. Depending on the environment the records were in, pristine condition may be out of the question. However, a washer can clean the vinyl restoring some of its allure. It may not be worth the entire amount from a collector without a mint album cover, but it can still be of value.

Keep the Vinyl in Superb Condition

Even if you don't play your records on a regular basis, it's still not a bad idea to wash them periodically. While being handled, particulates can become trapped within the cover. Perhaps the collection experienced a flood while being stored or other natural disaster. Oil from your fingers could also degrade the quality over time. Keep the vinyl in the best condition by using a washer for your records now and then.


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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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