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So after finding myself in a music store with that old familiar joy of looking through vinyl albums I wanted to add a turntable to my setup. The Project X1  is what I was thinking I would dip my toe in with. 

 

I have boxes of vinyl of classical from the old family home, but they are in average to poor condition. (but recordings I cannot get any more) So my question is:

 

If I am playing both new and old vinyl records,  am I going to destroy the needle? What do others here do about their original and mint collection without killing a $300 needle?

 

Thanks!

 

 

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5 minutes ago, tammy1001 said:

So after finding myself in a music store with that old familiar joy of looking through vinyl albums I wanted to add a turntable to my setup. The Project X1  is what I was thinking I would dip my toe in with. 

 

I have boxes of vinyl of classical from the old family home, but they are in average to poor condition. (but recordings I cannot get any more) So my question is:

 

If I am playing both new and old vinyl records,  am I going to destroy the needle? What do others here do about their original and mint collection without killing a $300 needle?

 

Thanks!

 

 

Perhaps buy yourself a relatively cheap record cleaner and clean all your old albums first. A bit of manual work, and it cleans ok.

Spin Clean Record Washer MK2 (audiotrends.com.au)

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I have two cartridges - one for the charity shop records and another one for the good/new records.

 

On a lot of tone arms you simply unscrew the head shell and swap them over.  You can get decent but cheap cartridges or buy a "good" cartridge and leave the original that came with the turntable for the dodgy stuff.  Everything gets cleaned though, I don't have a machine but I do have a spritz bottle and a clean cloth for the truly filthy stuff, carbon brush for everything else.

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13 minutes ago, Old Man Rubber said:

I have two cartridges - one for the charity shop records and another one for the good/new records.

 

Great idea!  :thumb:

 

13 minutes ago, Old Man Rubber said:

On a lot of tone arms you simply unscrew the head shell and swap them over.

 

If the carts+headshells weigh a different amount ... then you have changed the VTF, at each swap.

 

13 minutes ago, Old Man Rubber said:

I don't have a machine but I do have a spritz bottle and a clean cloth for the truly filthy stuff, carbon brush for everything else.

 

I suggest "a spritz bottle and a clean cloth " ... does not provide a rigorous enough clean for "the truly filthy stuff ".

 

And a carbon brush is what you use before each play, to remove surface dust - after the LP has been cleaned properly, so that the grooves are clean.  You don't use it as a primary cleaning method.

 

Andy

 

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2 hours ago, andyr said:

 

Great idea!  :thumb:

 

I suggest "a spritz bottle and a clean cloth " ... does not provide a rigorous enough clean for "the truly filthy stuff ".

 

Probably not - but if it's a Young Talent Time record or something similar, I'm not sure an ultrasonic cleaner is worth the hassle.  I cleaned what looked like vomit off one record and it plays OK 😁

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3 hours ago, Old Man Rubber said:

Probably not - but if it's a Young Talent Time record or something similar, I'm not sure an ultrasonic cleaner is worth the hassle.  I cleaned what looked like vomit off one record and it plays OK 😁

 

Those Jamie Redfern records are much sought after. 😉

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19 minutes ago, The Rock Puppy said:

Especially if Liberace is  on them.

 

 🤣🤣

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