Few would disagree that setting the tracking pressure is an important part of configuring and adjusting a turntable for best performance. But what should you use to check the pressure and how do you chose what setting to use? Continue reading “Stylus Tracking Force Gauges”
I buy a lot of vinyl from charity shops and car boot sales. It often needs a good clean. Commercially available machines are good, but you don’t see much change from £500, so I built this.
If it was the 1970’s and you wanted to keep your record collection in tip top condition, then you needed one of these.
As seen on TV, it was the ideal gift for Christmas. Cordless electric. What could possibly go wrong. Continue reading “Ronco Record Vacuum record cleaning machine. A look inside”
This is just a really nice thing that I got from a charity shop
The tin has a great patina in keeping with it’s age. The contents are actually useful and mainly items that I would buy separately anyway . Continue reading “HMV Record & Tape Care Kit”
The reason we call our records “albums” goes back a long time to the early days of records. This fine example of Gilbert and Sullivan “the Gondoliers” illustrates why.
Turntable dust covers protect the mechanism well, but are often killed or badly injured in active service. This was certainly the case for my Dual 505, which was rather tatty, scratched with a big crack in the side.
I’ve got my records off the floor and out of the various boxes and cases into a proper shelf unit at last.
This is the physical size limit of my collection. That doesn’t mean that I’m not still collecting. It does mean that I will be getting rid of some and replacing it with better quality recordings or more interesting stuff. 50 odd albums went to the charity shop last week. I doubt I will miss those Phil Collins, or the Village people for that matter..
When I changed the cartridge on my turntable for a Goldring E3 I also positioned an electronic tally counter nearby to monitor usage.
Paloma Faiths “The Architect” was the 200th side to be played. At 20 minutes per side that approximates to 67 hours of playback so far. Continue reading “Paloma Faith is 200th side on Goldring E3”
In 1984 the Dual CS505-2 was the go to budget turntable for the HiFi enthusiast. I treated myself to the standard version for the princely sum of £80.