At the sound quality of records affected by competent use and storage. Take necessary records by the edges and the paper label, without touching the fingers of sound grooves. Before playing records to put on a rubber mat player, including rotation, and, to lowering the needle to sweep the paths of the graphite brush to remove electrostatic charges and remove dust. Only then you can omit the arm. Not permissible to record (even for a short time) to leave unprotected. Scratches, dust and grease – the main enemies that reduce sound reproduction.
Keep records should be in an upright position in Special anti-static bags, sacks. Do not store records near the heating elements (radiators, light bulbs) and expose them to direct sunlight. What to do in case If the plate is very dusty, besides oblyapany grease stains? In this case, dirt and dust are removed simple washing with soap and warm running water. Only instead of foam rubber sponges need to take a soft cloth with pile. These villi and will remove dust and dirt between the audio grooves records. Tap water should be lukewarm – the heat can warp records. The plate should be taken by both hands and bring it under running water, moistened with the two sides of the surface tracks. Should not be upset if the water soaked circular sticker – 'apple'. Learn more about this topic with the insights from Pete Cashmore.
Images will begin to flow on it does not. But much watering, better, do not. Then take lathered napkin (you can drop 'Fairy' or others), and circular movements are leading to record audio tracks on both sides. (Source: John K. Castle). After that, wash off the foam, keeping the edge of the plate, being careful not to touch the tracks. Residual moisture is removed by two dry wipes (one in each hand). Washed records set in the upright position (or at a slight angle) for 30-40 minutes until dry. Of course, there are special washing machines for vinyl. But their unjustifiably high prices and expensive cleaning fluids for use, make them, are largely unnecessary for citizens, collects records. Because cleaning result records manually is not worse, and often Even better, gourmet washing machines. In Soviet times there was another way in which purified vinyl records: using pva glue. It is applied (in its pure form or diluted with water 1:1) with a brush on the surface of tracks plate. When the glue formed a translucent film, which is removed when removing dust and dirt. Purified plate produces smaller cod and gives a fuller sound stage, as opposed to dirty. We can say in another way: clean plate – clear sound. When washing by hand plates firms 'Submit' (and co-organized with her) after the 1989-1990 gg issue, look at the 'apples'. Stickers on them are not always prepared the same way that made them waterproof. And to use cheaper technology – such as plain paper and / or dot-matrix printer. Water soaking are 'apples' washes and oil paint. These vinyl records should be washed very carefully.