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record weights, do they work or just a gimmick?

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Linn recommended against weights because they increased platter bearing wear. They weren't enamoured of clamps either because many of them had to be pressed down hard to squash them over the spindle.

 

I don't use either but then I only have 1 or 2 warped records out of 800 or so.

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13 minutes ago, GregWormald said:

Linn recommend against weights because they increased platter bearing wear.

 

Indeed they do, Greg.  :thumb:

 

However, Graeme Rodwell - the proprietor of The Soundcraftsman (Caulfield, long ago), which sold LP12s - said that clamps/weights reduced the 'Q' of the vinyl record ... which was a baaad thing, in terms of SQ.

 

So I've always followed his advice - although I can see the point of a lightweight clamp, when used with a 25mm OD rubber washer underneath the LP, to flatten out warped/dished LPs.  IOW - yes, you may lose something (SQ) ... but you also gain something (truer alignment of the stylus in the groove).

 

13 minutes ago, GregWormald said:

They weren't enamoured of clamps either because many of them had to be pressed down hard to squash them over the spindle.

 

True, to use a clamp best ... you need to machine a suitable thread - which is able to be glued into the hole in the top of the LP12 spindle.  :)  Then you use a screw-down clamp.

 

13 minutes ago, GregWormald said:

I don't use either but then I only have 1 or 2 warped records out of 800 or so.

 

Aah, but how many dished LPs have you got!  :lol:

 

Andy

 

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