As the technology has enhanced and taken us to the new levels, there are still some items that take use back to old days. While your children may not recognize them, but you will definitely smile on having a glimpse of vinyl.
- Perhaps you have a good music library, but you may not have time to teach your kids how to use that vintage record player.
- Perhaps, you’re that kid getting curious about running your grandfather’s record player, but fear you’d dysfunction it eventually.
- Or perhaps, you’ve gotten bored using your MP3 player for so long, and want to give a record player a try.
Whatever may be the situation, you want to know how this machine works. Well, this post is for all old and young who have a little amount of respect and appreciation for record players.
To add to your knowledge, there has been a steep demand in record player which indicates that the device is no longer a historical piece. You can buy a best record player with modern-day technologies and all those functionalities you could imagine.
Now, take a look at the following simple steps to use a record player as safely as possible
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Things Needed to Use a Record Player
There are only two things required. While record player is absolutely necessary, you need the vinyl record to listen to the music.
Remove the lid from the record player to unleash the record playing mechanism. The lid is there to protect the components from dirt and dust, so keep the lid on while the record player is not in use.
Now, put the vinyl record on the circular platter, known as “Turntable”. The turntable rotates the vinyl so that the vibrations may be extracted from vinyl’s upper surface. Make sure that the record is placed properly. You have to consider the size of the hole in the record.
Some vinyl records have small holes while some have larger holes. In general, record players are capable of accommodating either sizes.
Push the switch to turn on the device. Make sure you have adjusted the speed according to the speed of the vinyl record. If the speed is not adjusted, you will hear odd noise.
Vinyl records offer three different speeds, also known as RPM (revolutions per minute). If you have a 12-inch vinyl record, it plays at 33-1/3 rpm. If it’s a 10-inch or 7-inch record, it requires the speed of 45 rpm. There are very few records that run on 78 rpm as well.
In general, record players offer two or three speeds, of which 33-1/3 rpm and 45 rpm are common.
Now, take a look at the long arm lying at the side of the turntable. It is known as the “tonearm”. The tonearm has one movable end that holds a sharp needle (stylus). Place the movable end safely onto the vinyl surface.
The tonearm moves in arc-like motion and the needle picks up the vibrations from the surface and transfer it further to produce sound.
If you look at the record, you can identify pronounced grooves on it. These points indicate the starting point of the track. So, you can listen to your favorite track as well.
For longer songs, the deep grooves will be further apart.
Enjoy the music or let the record player finish playing the entire record. Normally, a full-sized vinyl record has a music for up to 22 minutes. For better music quality, there are extended edits of the songs stored in smaller records.
Some tonearms automatically lift up the needle as it reaches the end of the record, while in some devices you have to lift the stylus manually. So, make sure, you know what kind of record player you have.
If you let the record spin under the needle after it reaches the end, it will result in horrible scratching noise. The needle has a delicate pointed end meant for smooth vinyl surface. It can get bent or damaged with slight force.
Remove the needle gently, making sure not to cause any scratches to the record, because vinyl records cannot be repaired if damaged.
Some Quick Tips
Here are the things to consider for using your record players affectively:
- Replace the needle regularly
- You may need to replace the belt (for belt driven turntable) after some time
- Keep the record player safe from dirt and dust
- Keep it in a smooth surface avoid vibrations
- Record player requires proper cleaning and maintenance. Clean the record player before or after playing the records.
- Always clean the records before playing to avoid dirt and dust affecting the sound.