A blog about how to avoid scratched vinyl records


#1

I don’t know how often this actually comes up for you guys or how well known this is as a technique, but here you go.


#2

A: don’t buy 'em


#3

sorry theo. I feel mean.

This might actually be THE YEAR I buy a record player.

Don’t wanna spend loads.

Pro-Ject Essential 2, yeah?

Any amp recommendations?


#4

None from me mate. I only ever bought the one record player, that Bush MTT01 or whatever for 50 quid with built-in pre-amp. Seems fine.

This thread was more of a PSA for all the boarders who are stuck in the past. :wink:


#5

I bought a project essential a couple of years back now and it’s been great, got a Marantz amp (not sure exactly which one without being in the house) but there’s some similar models in Richer Sounds going for £150, you’d just need to check that you wouldn’t have to fork out for a pre-amp as well (the Marantz have one built in).


#6

This looks pretty useful - I’ve had a few duff ones from Ebay before so might have to start checking them like this.


#7

I use this pre-amp along side my Pro-Ject Genie 1.3 turn table.


#8

I’ve got a marantz with a build in pre amp too, got it on offer in richer sounds

got a riga turntable which is also great


#9

use discogs. the grading system and feedback seems to work. Don’t think I’ve ever received a record that isn’t as described. Obviously it’s not a perfect system but much better than ebay.


#10

dont buy a vynilz player people, waste of time and money


#11

Rega Planar 1

I recently got one for the kitchen and it’s excellent


#12

I do use discogs as well but when you see something on Ebay for a couple of quid I can’t resist a punt on it.


#13

if i buy a grubby second hand record I just use a vinyl cleaning spray or the cleaning machine Gorkys sold me and they’re lovely after


#14

ha forgot about that.
Hope its serving you well.

sorry you wasted your money on LPs though (safety wink)


#15

Only used it a couple of times to clean a fat batch of records and it’s mint. Grateful for it.


#16

Project debut carbon is pretty great.


#17

Buy from discogs from sellers with good ratings who grade them honestly. If you get a duff record, get a refund.


#18