Back in 2018 I built my own record cleaning machine. It did the job, but wasn’t pretty.
PlecRec RCM II
I recently acquired a better donor turntable and have built a new machine, addressing some of the annoying quirks of my original.
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I often use a fully automatic turntable for causal listening. For a small drop in fidelity I get the convenience of just flicking a lever and the record plays.
12 inch single on Zero 100
This worked great for LP’s and 7″ singles. Problem came with 12″ singles.
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Figuring out when a stylus or cartridge needs changing depends on many things. Condition of record, how well your system is set up and how may hours use it has had.
PlayMate counter timer
Recording needle time is a useful thing to do then, but precision of 10th of a second isn’t really necessary. So why did I create this fancy automatic digital play counter called the “Play Mate”?
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Everything should have its shape. This is my own capture of the vinyl recording of the KT Tunstall track of the same name.
Vinyl capture waveform
If only the same was true of the digital download version of the same track.
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I recently opened up a couple of dusty cases of 45 rpm 7″ singles which I had acquired over several years of car boot sale digging.
With over 340 hours on the clock of my cartridge and stylus it was time to change.
NAGAOKA MP110 on Dual 505ii
Here we have a moving magnet from Japan which reviews well. Lets see.
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I’m somewhat paranoid about using my record stylus for longer than I should and causing damage.
Tally counter at 900
I use tally counters and keep comprehensive records. This tells me it’s time for a change. Now that I have some data, It’s interesting to see how my listening habits stand up to scrutiny.
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In defence of the Crossly Cruiser I present the Fidelity FE42 portable record player.
Fidelity HF42 Portable
It’s easy for my generation to have a pop at the cheap and cheerful portable record players available from supermarkets and record shops today. As our entry to the hobby many of us used gear like this, bought from Woolworths. Let he who is without sin ..
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Now that m
y Technics direct drive turntable it is permanently installed in a system it’s going to get regular use. The stylus has gaps in it’s known history, so I’m going to change it, just to be safe.
Existing P-Mount Cartridge
It is fitted with a P-Mount cartridge, which I’m also going to change. In theory changing such a cartridge should be a 5 minute job. I’m going to take measurements as I go along, so it may take a little longer.
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I recently saw this in a charity shop and it brought a tear to my eye. Partly because of the nostalgia, but mainly because of how awful I remember it being.
Fidelity Music Master
One of these first entered our house as my big sisters main Christmas present in the mid 1970’s.
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