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Hi all,

 

Does anyone knows a place in Sydney who provides flattening service for warped records?

 

Would be very thankfull if some of you could advise.

 

Cheers,

Art

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28 minutes ago, sir sanders zingmore said:

Ooh that’s a nice sleeve, really suits you.

Beautiful grooves   
Nice, you look good in black

 

Maybe the OP is simply dyslexic, Trev (rather than careless!) - in which case he won't 'get' your post.  🙂

 

Andy

 

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1 hour ago, sir sanders zingmore said:

Ooh that’s a nice sleeve, really suits you.

Beautiful grooves   
Nice, you look good in black

You're giving it away for free!

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Yes, I think we can assume the OP means "flatening" service to remove warps, rather than a "flattering" service which would be a service for boosting your record's ego.

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But in all seriousness to the OP

 

The record stores that offer this service in Melbourne charge $8-10 per record. Depending on the number of records you need to flatten, it might be worth either investing in one of these or asking nicely in the Pay it Forward forum if someone local would loan you theirs:

 

https://vinylflat.com/vinylflatproducts.html

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Oh yes, thanks for smearing my face through it. 

 

My phone changed it twice, but it is corrected now.

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8 hours ago, ericd said:

But in all seriousness to the OP

 

The record stores that offer this service in Melbourne charge $8-10 per record. Depending on the number of records you need to flatten, it might be worth either investing in one of these or asking nicely in the Pay it Forward forum if someone local would loan you theirs:

 

https://vinylflat.com/vinylflatproducts.html

I would like to think that those charging $8-$10 for flattening are using one of the Furutech, AFI or Orb units, rather than a VinylFlat. For every positive experience with the VF, there are many who claim otherwise.

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14 minutes ago, Hydrology said:

I would like to think that those charging $8-$10 for flattening are using one of the Furutech, AFI or Orb units, rather than a VinylFlat. For every positive experience with the VF, there are many who claim otherwise.


Agreed. I initially tried something similar to a vinyl flat and didn't have very good results.  Proper setup is the best way to go.

 

Surprised you haven't added one to your arsenal yet @Hydrology ?

 

They do warn you (At least on the ORB) to not use the "Aggressive" setting, but I've found it works best and have never suffered any damage. 

 

Highly recommended for anybody with a serious commitment to vinyl. You'd be surprised how bad a warp they can fix.

 

100 years in the future who knows, maybe we'll have scratch fixing machines.

 

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12 minutes ago, TDK said:


Agreed. I initially tried something similar to a vinyl flat and didn't have very good results.  Proper setup is the best way to go.

 

Surprised you haven't added one to your arsenal yet @Hydrology ?

 

Nothing left after the recent upgrades mate!

Distributor is woeful (as you well know) so I might make a play direct to Orb about distribution...
 

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Just now, Hydrology said:

Nothing left after the recent upgrades mate!
 

 

This is what happens when you waste you money on reel to reel machines. I think you need to sell it. In fact I think I know somebody who may be interested?

 

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2 minutes ago, Hydrology said:

Distributor is woeful (as you well know) so I might make a play direct to Orb about distribution...

 

 

Perth Vinyl needs a manufacturer's supplied demo unit I think.

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20 minutes ago, TDK said:

 

This is what happens when you waste you money on reel to reel machines. I think you need to sell it. In fact I think I know somebody who may be interested?

 

Over my dead body!!! 😉

 

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On 04/06/2020 at 5:36 PM, Hydrology said:

For every positive experience with the VF, there are many who claim otherwise.

I think this is a simplified off the cuff comment. I have used a VF to flatten over 100 records successfully, and only failed on one which was probably not salvageable anyway.

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Thank you to all of you and your comments. I will try those at Surry Hills. 

Hopofully it will not fail. I also rised a claim through Post Office as I think packaging was inadiquate. Maybe it will not bring any positive result, but trying better than not.

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Had a couple of records flattened by Hat Hill Gallery. 

He did a great job. He also offers ultrasonic cleaning.

 

One of my records had a 8.5mm warp and the other 10mm, both came out flat. Very happy indeed.

 

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1 hour ago, Interface said:

Yep, it looks like you're the professional😁.

 

Was that able to be flattened or was it passed the point of no return?

I'm yet to find out.

 

I'm about to buy some glass cutting boards and do the warm-them-in-the-oven-for-pressing-later trick, first, to see if I can get the giant kinks out.

Then I might go see the Pros.

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@candyflip

When I was having mine flattened, the owner (Viken) said that if the warp is caused by heat it may not be successful probably because the grooves are affected in a negative manner, maybe closed up or if it's coloured vinyl.

 

Good luck with the glass cutting boards. I was going to use that system but I only had two to do so I just paid the dollars for convenience.

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@candyflip Jon, if it is a pressing which would have some value if flat, send it to me. It will take a few goes to get that one good, if it's even possible, but I don't think random uncontrolled temps will get you far. My VF is a later model with variable temp control, so I think that I could give it a good go.

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On 14/06/2020 at 9:27 AM, candyflip said:

I can see I'm dealing with amateurs here....  😅

 

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If your home-made solution isnt successful (doubtful with that warp), I would seriously doubt a professional solution will solve it as the home-made remedy will do more harm than good. As already mentioned, machines designed to flatten records can flatten records. however the issue is whether the grooves have deformed due to heat and that is irreversible.

 

Put the record under light - if the light disperses off like spokes of a wheel, you should be ok, if the light "bends", its toast!

 

Here is one I did today for somebody using the Orb machine:-

 

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