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Experience Music on Vinyl. You Deserve it!

The best tips, tricks and features to enhance your love of vinyl records.

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We’re all about regaining a more authentic music experience. We believe in the vinyl format as the best way to own music and experience music. Audiences are more invested in music when they own it physically, and this ultimately leads to a more enriched music culture.

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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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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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Turntable Phono Preamps Explained – Do You Need One?

If you’re new to the world of vinyl records, it may surprise you to learn that you can’t simply plug your turntable into most sound systems, just as you might do with any other piece of audio equipment. (Or at least not without a phono preamp). The good news is, you might already own one… In this article, you will

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Is it safe to clean vinyl records with alcohol?

There is much debate among the vinyl community around the use of alcohol to clean vinyl records. Isopropyl alcohol, in particular, is popular with many collectors as a key ingredient in homemade record cleaning solutions. But is it safe? Some collectors swear by it, others warn of potential hazards. To help shed some light on the topic, we’ve done a

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Best Outer Record Sleeves for Maximum Protection

A crisp, brand new record straight off the production line is a beauty to behold. Untouched by the outside world, your new record arrives spotless and ready to provide years, decades, possibly generations of joy. Vinyl really is the best format for experiencing the album as an art form. But there’s a problem… As soon as we begin enjoying our

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Best Vinyl Record Inner Sleeves

To safely store your vinyl records, you need good quality inners sleeves. We’re all familiar with the standard-issue paper sleeves supplied with most new record releases, but are these really up to the job? Basic paper sleeves might be cheap to produce, but they’re not up to the job if you want your records to last a lifetime and beyond.

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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.