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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.

While these albums may sound great on vinyl, if that surface is scratched it doesn't matter what album you are listening to. Clean your albums today with a top of the line record cleaner for the best sounding vinyl you've ever heard.

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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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 We'd like to thank our awesome customers for continuing to use our products and hope that they keep cleaning their vinyl with the help of our devices. For more information on a record cleaner, visit Spin Clean today.

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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.

Lennon Worth a Fortune


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. 

Elvis Will Cost You


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.

Expensive Acetate


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.

Fore more information on vinyl record accessories, contact Spin Clean today at 1-800-931-5850.

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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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Spin-Clean record washers have been masterfully preserving vinyl records for over 40 years, removing all imperfections and leaving behind a clean and crystal clear sounding album. With the recently introduced 40th Anniversary Spin Clean Record Washer, you can protect your valuable investments and maintain a prestine vinyl collection. For more information about how Spin-Clean products can help keep your vinyl healthy and how to enhance the value of your records, call 1-800-931-5850 today.
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Which Records are the Best Selling of the Last Two Decades?

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Vinyl albums are popular among music fans even if they don't have a record player tucked away in their home. In fact, there are a lot of music fans who purchase records just to put them on display. Whether they are actually listening to them, or putting them on display. Here are some of the best-selling vinyl albums during the last two decades.

1. What’s The Morning Story Glory by Oasis

What’s The Morning Story Glory by Oasis has been the number one selling vinyl record for a while now. It was in 1995 that this vinyl album was first released. For the last three decades, this album has been the winner of the Best British Album during the Brit Awards.

2. Definitely Maybe by Oasis

Oasis clearly has a dedicated fan base as their album titled Definitely Maybe has held the number two slot for the last two decades. What is interesting about it holding the number two spot is the fact that it was released a year earlier than What's The Morning Story Glory album

3. Dummy By Portishead

Dummy is the very first vinyl album that Portishead released. The group originally released the album in the year 1994. Just a year later it received the Mercury Music Prize.

4. The Invisible Band by Travis

Travis is the name of a Scottish Indie Pop band. They released this album in the year 2001. Meaning that it has held the fourth spot of top selling albums since it was released.

5. The Kings of Limbs by Radiohead

If you are a lover of rock-n-roll, this is a vinyl album that should be in your collect. The album was released by Radio head in 2011 and has been in the 5th spot of the best sellers list ever since. The album had previously been released as an MP3 download as well as on a CD.

Naturally, The Beatles, Queen, and Nirvana also have vinyl albums that fall into the list of best-selling albums. What you really need to do is sit down and think about what bands and musicians you like or what genera of music. This list of top sellers may or may not appeal to you because it really depends on what genre of music you like.

You can look online or try older music stores if you decide you want to pick up one of these best sellers for your collection. Make sure to pick up a vinyl record cleaner machine so that you can enjoy the highest quality sound from your records. 

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Buying Records As a Gift

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Turntables, do you even know what they are? If you asked a room of teenagers what they were a decade ago, chances are pretty good a lot of them would be scratching their heads with no idea. What people in the music world thought was an extinct piece of equipment for playing vinyl records has recently been making a comeback.

Finding a gift for someone can be difficult. If you know that person likes music, what could be a cooler and more interesting gift than a vinyl record of their favorite band or musician? Vinyl albums are cool even if you don't have the means to play them. You want to know why? They look great sitting on a shelf or hanging on a wall!

Buying records isn't what it used to be

Buying a vinyl album used to be easy. You could go in any music store and they were loaded with them. Today, it is a little difficult to just buy an album – unless you know where an actual album boutique is.

What you are buying the album for matters. The first thing you need to do is figure out why you are buying the album in the first place. There are some people who just want the vinyl album for the album art. This means they really don't care what condition the record is in. In some cases, they could care less if there even is a record. After all – some people who collect these albums don't have a record player. What they want is the album art to hang on their wall or to put in a picture frame.

Album as a piece of art

If you are shopping for someone who wants the record as a piece of art, you are shopping for something completely different than a person who actually wants to listen to the record. When you are shopping for someone who wants to listen to the actual record, it is going to be a little more complicated. This is especially true if you are shopping for an older album. Chances are they are going to need a good record cleaner

A record that actually plays music

You need a record that is in decent condition, so it will play without skipping. There really isn't a way to tell whether buying for the art or buying for the record makes the album more expensive. There are some collectors who will spend tons of money on an album cover in perfect condition for the artwork and other people who spend a lot of money on a record that plays without skipping.

Decide what the album is being used for, that will make your shopping experience easier.

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8 Record-Themed Gifts To Get The Music Lover In Your Life

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Got a friend or loved one who's a die-hard audiophile? Want to buy him or her something they can add to their extensive vinyl collection but not sure where to start? Well, our gift guide will give you the low-down on the latest tech and gadgets music-lovers can't live without. Read on to learn more. 

8. Music Hall USB-1 Turntable


If your music lover favors a vintage sound, Music Hall’s USB-1 is the perfect present. This turntable comes with all of the features you need to spin a vinyl, as well as the ability to convert a record into an mp3. Just connect the USB-1 to your computer with the included USB cable!

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7. Sonos Streaming Music System

For the ultimate in streaming music wirelessly throughout your home, a Sonos Music System is the perfect gift for audiophiles of any age. Access all of your music and stream it from any room in your house, offering the best quality sound and unlimited possibilities.

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6. Grado Headphones

With a clear sound and trendy aesthetic, these Grado headphones will make your music-loving friends and family swoon. Made for on-the-go listening, these babies give an audiophile that classic record experience — although they’re away from turntable.

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5. Paradigm Speakers with Powered Subwoofer

For the audio lover who is not on-the-go, a great set of speakers at home can take their listening experience from ordinary to extraordinary. When it comes to great audio, Paradigm speakers reign king. This versitle set of speakers with powered subwoofer boasts Dolby Digital sound, and recently won Sound & Vision's Product of the Year. 
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4. A Record Brush
 


You can’t enjoy a record if you’re trying to sift through the static. Simplify your friend’s sounds with the Acoustech record brush. For $59.99, this nifty tool cleans your vinyl and reduces ambient noise.
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3. Music Hall Turntable Mat


The Music Hall Turntable Mat is an absolute must have for any vintage vinyl lover looking for top quality sound. The lightweight cork material is designed to reduce vibrations that occur when your vinyls are rotating on the turntable, resulting less crackle, reduced background noise and richer vocals. As an added bonus, the cork material is non-static and non-adhesive, so you never have to worry about it damaging your records!

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2. Frank Sinatra's “Point of No Return” LP

What does every music fanatic need? A 12-track cruise down memory lane with Ol' Blue Eyes. Featuring his final recordings with Capitol Records, Sintatra's renowned album, “Point of No Return” is available on vinyl for about $10. This gift will keep on giving, too. Your loved ones will want to spin it on repeat!

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1. A Record Washer

Help your friends keep their records in peak condition with the Spin-Clean Record Washer. This washer cleans while it spins vinyls, and you can’t beat the cheap price. For $99.99, the kit includes the washer basin and lid, the washer fluid, pairs of rollers and brushes and two drying cloths. Click here to learn more our 40th-anniversary retro record washer

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For more gift ideas, check out our complete inventory of vinyl record accessories or call 1-800-931-5850 today for more information. 

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LP Record Cleaners vs. Homemade Solutions

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Choosing a cleaner for your records isn't always easy. If you just choose the cheapest one or try to make one at home, you could damage your records. Some have been successful with a homemade solution, but others have had all types of problems.

The Most Popular Homemade Solution

Many of the homemade solutions recommend only using pure isopropyl for the solution. One of the most common mistakes made by record owners is substituting rubbing alcohol for cleaner. This can cause all types of issues. When using isopropyl, it needs to be diluted with about seven ounces of distilled water for each ounce of isopropyl.

Other solutions recommend using All "Free-Clear" laundry detergent and diluting it with distilled water. However, this detergent cannot contain color agents, fragrances or phosphates. If it does, you could damage the records.

Is a Homemade Solution a Good Idea?

If you decide to make a homemade solution, it may save you a couple of dollars, but you might be taking a chance. Making a mistake and trying to clean your records with a poorly made solution can ruin the vinyl record. Make sure you have a trustworthy recipe, if you plan to make your solution at home.

Purchasing an LP Record Cleaning Solution

It may cost you a little more than making your own solution at home, but an LP record cleaning solution is worth it, especially if you're not cleaning your records by hand. Not only can a homemade solution damage the records, but it can also damage the machine or tool you're using to clean the records.

Record owners using a record cleaning device of any sort, should always use the recommended cleaning solution made for the device. This will provide the best results whenever you clean your LP records.

The Final Decision Between LP Record Cleaners and Homemade Solutions

If you're a gambler, a homemade solution may be just what you need because you're taking a chance. However, those looking to protect their vinyl records and enjoy better sound quality for many years to come will want to choose a good LP record cleaning solution.

Cleaning your records properly is very important. Playing a dirty record can cause poor sound quality and can damage the record. You should always clean your records before and after playing them, including touch up cleaning to ensure the record will deliver the best possible sound quality. With regular cleaning, you will get the most out of your vinyl records.

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Cleaning Never Sounded So Good: Introducing Spin Clean's "Retro" Record Washer

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It's Spin Clean's birthday! And this year we're turning the big 4-0! In honor of the occassion, we've decided to release a 40th anniversary "retro" Spin Clean Record Washer. Read on to learn more.

For audiophiles, nothing beats the sound of a clean vinyl record blaring from the speakers. Records can easily get scratched or damaged, changing the sound of the music being played. With so many things that can warp a record, it’s important to have something that can keep your valuable music collection in pristine condition. Fortunately, a new product with an old feel will help you remove the grime from your grooves. The Spin Clean Record Washer MKII, 40th Anniversary “Retro” Unit will have your vinyl in like new condition and sounding like the first time you put it on the turntable.

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What Makes This Record Washer So Special?

For over 40 years, Spin Clean has provided audiophiles with the top products on the market to keep their musical investments in perfect condition. Millions of LPs have seen new life thanks to Spin Clean products, and the MKII 40th Anniversary “Retro” Unit puts the best technology of today into a classic record washer design familiar to thousands of music fanatics. With the original-shaped box and color of the classic Spin Clean record washer, as well as a 40th Anniversary placard, this gorgeous and useful device is sure to please audiophiles and casual music fans alike. 

More Than Just A Record Washer

In addition to the record washer, you’ll also get a number of items that will help keep your records sounding sharp. You’ll receive washer fluid, a pair of brushes, a pair of rollers and two washable drying cloths, providing you with everything you’ll need to breathe new life into your vinyl. Stop wasting hundreds of dollars purchasing new copies of your favorite records. One spin in this record washer and your vinyl will be as clean as it was the day you purchased it from the store.

Don’t delay, the Spin Clean Record Washer MKII, 40th Anniversary “Retro” Unit is limited edition and only available while supplies last. Hate pulling out a record from your collection, dropping the needle and hearing all the dirt and grime effect the way the vinyl sounds? Never have that problem again with one of the prettiest and most effective record washers ever crafted. You’ll wonder what took you so long to get your vinyl sounding decades younger, with the help of Spin Clean products. Visit Spin Clean today for all of your record washing supplies, including covers, sleeves, cables and much.
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How to Protect Your Vinyl Records with a Cleaning Machine

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There are many ways to protect your vinyl records and make sure they play with the best possible sound quality. If you want to keep your records from warping, getting damages or getting dirty, you need to understand the best ways to protect your LPs. Here are three great ways to protect our records.

A Vinyl Record Cleaning Machine

It's great to use a cleaning brush on your records, but a cleaning machine will make a huge difference. If you have over 100 records, a cleaning device will make the deep cleaning process much easier. It's important to deep clean your records every few months to ensure they stay free of dust, dirt and oils.

When you find the right cleaning machine for your records, make sure you get an approved solution made for the machine. This will ensure you don't end up with damaged records or records not as clean as you were hoping for.

Properly Handling Your Records

Another way you can protect your vinyl records is with the proper type of handling. This starts by touching the records as little as possible with your fingers. When your fingers come in contact with the record, it transfers oils and dirt to the vinyl. You want to touch the outer edges and the label instead.

Another part of handing the record properly is making sure the vinyl isn't over exposed to the air. You want to take it right form the sleeve to the turntable without leaving it out to collect airborne dust.

Store Your Records Well

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Of course, after cleaning and playing, you have to store your vinyl records properly or they will just get dirty and damaged. Using the proper type of sleeves, including inner sleeves and an outer jacket, will help to protect your records.

Storage also includes not stacking your records and keeping them out of direct sunlight. When you stack records, it can warp them and too much heat can cause the record damage. You should always store your records vertically in an even temperature away from direct sunlight.

These are just a few of the easy ways you can protect your record collection. A vinyl record cleaning machine is a great step in the right direction, but storage and handling are also very important. Make sure you address each of these areas to ensure your record collection stays in great shape.

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Why do you Need a Vinyl Record Cleaner?

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Cleaning your vinyl records is important, but do you understand why? There are certain reasons why your records are not in good shape and one of them is due to the dirt, oil and dust. Here are a few of the reasons why your records are in bad shape and a few reasons why you need a vinyl record cleaner.

Stacking Your Records

If you stack your records, they could easily start to warp. This is a big time non-no and something you don't want to do. Along with warping the records, this might cause scuffs and cracks, as well.

Putting your Fingers on Your Records

This is hard to avoid, but when you put your fingers on a clean record, it will leave oil on the record. This oil quickly attracts dust and you will need to clean your record, again. Do your best to avoid touching your records and you won't have to clean them as often.

Using a Bad Cleaner for Your Records

Approved cleaners are the best choice for your records, but some recommend products that simply are not good. You don't want to use a product or liquid that you're not 100% sure about.

Not Putting Records back in the Sleeves

If you want to protect your records, you will need to put them back into the sleeves. When you leave a record out of the sleeve, it can cause dust to build up, dirt to collect and many other issues. Make sure you always put the record back into the sleeve after playing it.

Three Reasons you Need a Vinyl Record Cleaner

Getting a good vinyl record cleaner can make a huge difference. Three reasons to own a good record cleaning device include:

·       Better Sound Quality - Playing a dirty record can cause cracks and pops in the sound. A clean record will deliver the best possible sound quality.

·       Last Longer - Cleaning your records will allow them to last much longer than if you just leave them dirty.

·       Less Damage - Playing a dirty record can cause other damages to the record, which can make the sound quality very bad.

If you want to protect your record collection, make sure you don't do the things above that cause damage to records. You will also want to make sure you get a good vinyl record cleaner to keep each of your LPs clean.

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How to Clean Vinyl Records

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Cleaning your records isn't as easy as it sounds. If you don't do it correctly, you may find that your vinyl records don't play as well after cleaning. However, if you learn the steps for how to clean vinyl records, you will have crisp and clear sound after the cleaning.

Will Playing a Dirty Record Damage it?

The short answer is yes. When you play a dirty vinyl record, you will discover the sound quality isn't as good and it will damage the record. It's advised that you clean your records before you play them each and every time.

Should You Clean with a Machine or by Hand?

Cleaning your records by hand can help, but it may not be the best way to do the job. Records collect plenty of dust and oils from your fingers. This causes the sound to pop and crack, but cleaning by hand or machine can eliminate this completely. However, if you have hundreds or thousands of records, you may want to use a machine.

Creating your own Record Cleaning Solution

There are some household items that some say work well on records, but you may be taking a chance by creating a homemade cleaning solution for your records. However, a pre-made record cleaning solution specifically made for the machine you own is a better option. This will give you the security of knowing you have a safe solution for your specific needs.

Touching Up Your Records After Cleaning

A big part of how to clean vinyl records is touching them up after regular cleaning. This is an important process of keeping your records clean. Maintaining the cleanliness of your records will ensure they play well. This can be done with a carbon fiber brush, which will help to neutralize the static and pick up any dust that has collected on the records.

How to Clean Vinyl Record Album Covers

Many record owners clean their records, but they forget about the album cover. These need cleaned, too. By maintaining clean album covers, you will be able to protect your records better and they will last longer.

Album covers can be cleaned with just a little bit of record cleaner and the brush. Just go over the outside and inside of the cover gently and you'll have a clean album cover to protect your vinyl record.

If you own vinyl records and you want to maintain them as best as possible, cleaning them regular is recommended. Getting a cleaning tool or machine can make this process much easier. Make sure to keep the vinyl records clean and you can enjoy them for years to come.

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Five Must Have Vinyl Record Accessories

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Vinyl RecordVinyl records are still very popular and when you collect them, you need specific accessories. You have to keep you records clean, organized and providing the best possible sound quality. Here are five of the most important vinyl record accessories you should own.

Stylus Alignment Tool

Aligning your stylus after moving or after your record player has been moved is very important. You can get an alignment tool, which makes this process very easy. If you're a DJ or you move a lot, you should certainly add this tool to our accessory collection.

Static Record Cleaning Brush

Touching up your records is vital to the sound quality. If you play a dirty record, it won't sound very good. With a good static cleaning brush, you can make sure your records stay touched up before and after you play them.

Record Cleaning Device

A record cleaning device is one of the most important vinyl record accessories. This type of cleaning system will make it much easier to handle records you haven't played in a while or cleaning a full collection. With a spin clean record cleaning system, you will be able to keep your records clean and you will have an all-in-one-kit for cleaning all your LPs.

Vinyl Record Inner Sleeves

Many record owners forget to add the inner sleeves to their collection. Adding the inner sleeves will help keep out dust and protect the record from damage. Each record should have one of these and they are so cheap, you shouldn't skip them.

You can also get outer sleeves for your vinyl records, which can help protect your records. They will keep the artwork on your album cover clean and protected. These come in multiple sizes from 7-inche to 12-inch.

Vinyl Record Storage Case

A storage case made specifically for vinyl records will make a huge difference. You can get a carpeted case or one of the many other choices out there. This will help protect your records from dust and many other things that can damage the actual records. Don't choose a cheap case for your records. Make sure it's a good case that will actually protect the record.

These are just five of the many vinyl record accessories you should add to your collection. The cleaning accessories are the most important to add to your collection. These accessories will help keep your records clean and the sound quality at it’s' best.

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The Joy Of Crate Digging

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What are your most recent "awesome finds"? Our friend, the Vinyl Geek at Vinyl Rewind, shows us some of his latest.




This time around The Vinyl Geek scored big time at an estate sale: Fleetwood Mac, RATT, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, The Who, Soundtracks and more!

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Top 8 Celebrity Albums of the 1980s

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From our friends at Vinyl Rewind, their latest offers a fun-filled trip back to the 80s.




Every other Tuesday, The Vinyl Geek is your tour guide though a sea of music, delivered on the enduring quality of vinyl. The Geek presents timeless classics, rare gems, the bizarre, funny or just plain weird! You never know who might drop by from musical guests to the zany cast of side characters. It’s so much fun, you’ll forget you’re actually learning about music.

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Herb Alpert - Whipped Cream & Other Delights (vinyl review)

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Brand new episode from our friends at Vinyl Rewind



Friends of Spin-Clean, Vinyl Rewind is main music review show to a whole host of satellite programing dedicated to the analogue lifestyle, including album and craft cocktail pairings, collector news and tips, how to videos related to the joy of vinyl, comedy sketches and more.  Every other Tuesday, let The Vinyl Geek be your guide though a sea of music, delivered on the enduring quality of vinyl.

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Win The "Vinyl Rewind Starter Pack"

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We've teamed up with Vinyl Rewind to bring you our biggest contest yet!

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