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Marc Henshall

How to Clean Vinyl Records – The Ultimate Guide

Vinyl records are more popular than ever. Their distinctive sound, and immersive, tactile listening experience has solidified the format as the ultimate way to own music. When properly looked after, your vinyl record collection will last a lifetime and beyond, and a huge part of this is keeping your vinyl clean. Most importantly of all, clean vinyl records sound amazing,

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Storing Vinyl Records Safely to Protect Your Collection

Storing vinyl records safely is essential. Whether it’s for day-to-day accessibility or long-term in storage boxes, you must store them correctly to ensure they last a lifetime and beyond. You’ve worked hard to afford your collection, and the chances are, you’d like them to remain in great condition for as long as possible. If you’re anything like me, you’d probably

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Marc Henshall

How to Clean Your Turntable Stylus – Without Causing Damage

Your record player or turntables’ needle (better know as the stylus) is the first point in the audio signal chain. It is the instrument responsible for directly tracking your record and beginning the process of transforming an otherwise useless groove into sweet, sweet music. For it to perform at its best, you need to keep it clean. If you allow

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How to Replace a Turntable Cartridge

There are several reasons you might want to replace your phono cartridge. You could be upgrading the stock model shipped with your turntable, or you might be looking to replace an older model on a used deck. Either way, it’s important you take care to install your new cartridge with care and attention to detail. As we always say at

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How to Position Your Turntable

When setting up a HiFi system, every detail counts. Where you place your turntable in relation to the rest of your audio system is particularly important, as we’re dealing with a physical playback mechanism. Everything that comes into contact with your turntable or causes resonance will affect how the record tracks, and in turn, how your records sound. Today, we’ll

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Speaker Placement Best Practice for Optimal Sound Quality

For the best possible sound quality, the location of your audio equipment matters. Even the most affordable set of speakers will benefit from proper speaker placement. You’d be surprised just how much you can improve the performance of the most humble setup by getting your speakers positioned just right.  So before you reach for your wallet and consider upgrading your

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Every Great Album Has A Story

VMP seeks to experience music more deeply, and they believe in the power of the album as an art form. Subscribe to VMP record club and start exploring new music as you receive your exclusive record delivered monthly.

Vinyl On Your Wall

Twelve Inch products allow you to create a stunning and personal record gallery on the wall without any frames or visible parts. Their mission is to nurture and grow the love for vinyl records, by providing a flexible and elegant way to create amazing record galleries in the home.

Brewing With Music

As well as being the world's number one brewery for band collaboration beers, Signature Brew also bring their exciting core range of music-inspired craft beers to the best bars, venues and festivals in the UK. Brewed in East London, enjoyed worldwide.

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