How do you properly handle vinyl?

Handle Records like a Pro

Can you touch a vinyl with your hands?

Let’s start with the basics: touching the record surface is a big no-no. Our hands contain natural oils, grease, and dirt – none of which we want anywhere near our records. This grime builds up over time, compounding dust and dirt while also contributing to stylus wear. Always handle your records by the outer-edge.

Should you touch a vinyl?

Only hold the vinyl record at its outer edges, thereby avoiding the possibility of your body oils transferring onto the vinyl’s surface. If you touch the record’s surface, you increase the risk of getting dirt on the record and damaging it unnecessarily.

What not to do with vinyl records?

DON’T put your grimy little fingers all over the surface of the record. This one may seem pretty obvious, but it is really important to remember. The oils and dirt from our hands can result in the accumulation of dust. This will lead to poor sound quality, as well as damage to your stylus over time.

Does playing a record damage it?

Over a shorter amount of time than you think, constantly playing dirty records will wear down your stylus to the point of the needing to be replaced. Scratched records do this too, but dirt is much worse. And as the needle gets more and more damaged, it just begets more problems.

How long do vinyls last?

Your vinyl records can last anywhere from a year or two and up to well over 100 years. If you’re aiming for the latter, it really comes down to how well you care for your record collection.

Do you have to be careful with vinyls?

Ideally you’ll want to keep them in a clean dry place, avoiding extreme temperatures and humidity (so not in the bathroom or sauna if that’s what you were thinking…) What you’re doing is trying to avoid warping the record. Warping is when the record bends out of shape which often leads to unplayable vinyl.

What can ruin a vinyl?

Fingerprints, dust and scratches can damage the surface of the record itself, which can diminish the sound and add unwanted noise. Even natural oils from your hands can erode the surface of your vinyl records.

Is it OK for records to lean?

Storing vinyl records flat can place too much pressure on the records lower in the stack causing damage over time. Never leave records leaning at angles when in a box or on a shelf, this will cause the vinyl to warp.

How toxic are vinyl records?

Vintage vinyl is quite likely to contain cadmium or lead – both toxic to humans – and even some new vinyl might still contain lead. With certain additives no longer allowed, substitutes and new compounds have been devised.

How many times can you play a vinyl before it wears out?

rugogs over 4 years ago. If you got a good turntable and cartridge/stylus that are properly set up and taken care of as well as the records, you can play a record hundreds and hundreds of times. So basically, on average use, we are talking about decades and not unlikely a longer time than the average CD would last.

Is it bad to put vinyls on top of each other?

Never store records stacked on top of one another.

Stacking your record collection could permanently damage your records, whether they’re in their jackets or not. The weight will lead to warping of the vinyl and even possible cracking or scuff marks.

Do vinyls get worse over time?

The more you use your records, the more they will deteriorate. Like anything physical, the friction between two surfaces will gradually add wear and tear (in this case the contact of the stylus on the record’s grooves).

Does scratching ruin records?

While consistently playing scratched records can slightly affect the surface of your stylus, dirty records will wear down the needle far faster. It’s all cyclical because when a needle becomes jagged from exposure to dirt, it then goes on to damage the grooves in your records.

What happens if you play a dirty vinyl?

Dust can also collect, be dragged along and build up on the tip of your stylus or needle during play. Problems here include an increasingly muffled sound in sonic terms then, as the stylus loses traction, jumping which can result in groove damage as well as stylus wear and damage.

Do records actually sound better?

Vinyl has its own, distinctive sound, filled with surface crackle, pops and distortion that people love. Calling it ‘better’ probably isn’t accurate, but there’s certainly nothing else like it.

Why do new records skip?

A common reason your records may skip is dust and dirt that gets into the grooves. While it may occur on old records due to storage, paper sleeves or dust in the environment, new records may also have dust or dirt.

Why do vinyl records sound better?

The sound of vinyl records arises because the grooves on the record allow for an open, resonant quality. Conversely, digital formats by their nature compress sound, disallowing the open space that allows the warmth, richness, and depth to arise.

Why are vinyls so rare?

At the heart of the issue is simple supply and demand. Consumer demand for vinyl records continues to rise, and quite simply, the current production capacity is struggling to keep up with the thirst for records.

What lasts longer vinyl or CD?

Vinyl records, though bigger in size than compact discs, actually have smaller capacity than CDs. A standard 4.7” compact disc can hold as long as eighty minutes of audio. Vinyl records, however, can only hold 45 minutes at maximum for a standard 12 inch size.

Can vinyl sound better than CD?

Sound Quality

From a technical standpoint, digital CD audio quality is clearly superior to vinyl. CDs have a better signal-to-noise ratio (i.e. there is less interference from hissing, turntable rumble, etc.), better stereo channel separation, and have no variation in playback speed.

Is vinyl worse than digital?

Digital files allow for over 90dB of difference between the loudest and softest sounds, compared to vinyl’s 70dB dynamic range.

Is collecting vinyls a hobby?

Another reason record collecting is a fun hobby is the aesthetic nature of the record player and the vinyl collection itself. Displaying a record collection in your home is a fun way to personify yourself through your musical collection.

Are vinyls a good hobby?

Since it’s hard to maintain, it can get to be really expensive, and it will never sound as good as digital music. But it’s a great hobby if you’re obsessed with music.

Is it OK to clean vinyl records with water?

Dampen a clean microfiber cloth with water (distilled water is preferred), and lightly wipe the entire surface of the record in a circular motion with the grooves of the record, being careful to avoid the center label.

Does vinyl get ruined with water?

Luxury vinyl planks (or tiles) are, in themselves, completely water-proof and cannot be damaged by exposure to moisture. For that reason they are an excellent choice for laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where moisture is around.

Why do cheap turntables ruin records?

Inexpensive turntables often have a tonearm with a fixed angle and no weight adjustment. If a cartridge requiring a different angle or tracking weight is installed, or the right stylus is installed incorrectly, the record will be damaged.

What is poor record keeping?

Excessive amounts of time is wasted sorting through messy filing cabinets. Valuable office space is used to store paperwork, forcing the company to pay premium prices for document storage. Files are misplaced, buried, and lost. Communication between coworkers erodes.

Are vinyl records damaged by cold?

Cool and dry – that’s how your records should always be. Heat can warp the records, and cold temperatures will make the vinyl more brittle and lead to cracking. Keeping them at a consistent temperature, ideally between 65 and 75 degrees, reduces the risk of damage.

How many vinyls can you stack?

The records at the end of the stack can bow and warp. So, basically, keep your records in vertical blocks of 100 records or less.

Do you have to be careful with vinyls?

Ideally you’ll want to keep them in a clean dry place, avoiding extreme temperatures and humidity (so not in the bathroom or sauna if that’s what you were thinking…) What you’re doing is trying to avoid warping the record. Warping is when the record bends out of shape which often leads to unplayable vinyl.

Should you store vinyls flat or upright?

Records shouldn’t be stored horizontally, or flat. As you will see, archival record boxes are designed for the records to be stood and stored vertically. Storing vinyl records flat can place too much pressure on the records lower in the stack causing damage over time.

How do you properly sleeve vinyl?

How to SLEEVE Your Records!

Is it OK for vinyls to lean on each other?

This isn’t too much of a problem, just make sure that it is minor and that they all lean in the same direction, without any record putting too much weight on the one next to it. Do be careful when you get to the side panel of the shelf though, you want the last few records to be standing flush against the side panel.