Spring Giveaway: Win a GrooveWasher Record Cleaning Kit & Twelve Inch Vinyl Wall Displays

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We’ve teamed up with our partners GrooveWasher and Twelve Inch to give you a chance of winning a Mondo Record Cleaning Kit and two Twelve Inch magnetic vinyl wall displays.  Here’s a summary of both products that could be heading directly to your listening space very soon! GrooveWasher Mondo The Mondo bundle is GrooveWasher’s top-of-the-line care package and comes complete … Read More

Record Shopping on Discogs with Sound Matters

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry5 Comments

It recently struck me that I spend a lot of time writing and talking about collecting and looking after vinyl records, but rarely do I ever share my experiences more directly. Particularly given the past year’s events, it’s important to converse with others as a global music and vinyl fanatics community. Music is such a huge part of what makes … Read More

“Twelve Inch” Magnet Vinyl Display Systems in Review

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A big part of what draws music fans into the world of vinyl records is the joy of owning the physical product. Music on vinyl is both practical and beautiful, enticing many collectors to display records in their home as art in its own right. Just like a painting, the pieces you choose to display make a statement about you … Read More

How to Fit a Cartridge on a Headshell

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Tech Talk, Vinyl 1012 Comments

There are many reasons why you might want to replace the cartridge on your turntable tonearm. You could be looking to upgrade the performance and sound quality, or you might be looking to play older mono records or even vintage 78s. In some cases, you might purchase a turntable used and simply need to fit a new cartridge of your … Read More

Different Mastering, Same Record – Californication Mastering Comparison

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Tech Talk10 Comments

Here’s why I own four copies of The Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication. The mastering process of a vinyl record can make or break the overall sound quality. The mix engineer can get everything right, from the initial microphone technique to the final mix, but if the mastering quality is poor, the record will fall at the final hurdle.  Sadly, … Read More

On Test: New, Stronger GrooveWasher G3 Record Cleaning Fluid

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The latest record cleaning formula from GrooveWasher gets down to work faster than their flagship G2 offering. I’ve used GrooveWasher’s G2 as my main record cleaning solution for many years now.  The reason? It works.  It’s the perfect turntable companion and the best record cleaning fluid I’ve encountered for day-to-day use. The team at GrooveWasher are anything if dedicated. The … Read More

Eight Classic Album Covers and What Makes them Great

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry10 Comments

For any vinyl collector, a considerable part of the appeal and experience is the artwork. In many cases, album covers are classic art pieces in their own right and a significant contributor to pop culture. Countless classic album covers are instantly recognizable; they transcend generational boundaries and form part of our collective identity as a society. In some case, they … Read More

How to Clean Your Turntable Stylus

Marc HenshallNew to Vinyl, Record Care, Record Cleaning, Vinyl 1014 Comments

Your record player or turntable’s 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 other-wise useless groove into sweet, sweet music. Most stylus tips are made from diamond, which is one of the hardest surfaces known to man. Some cheaper models use … Read More

How to Use a Carbon Fiber Brush to Clean Records

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The humble carbon fiber brush is an essential accessory for any turntable. If you don’t already own one, you should change that pretty quickly and start incorporating one into your daily playback routine. It’s good practice to use one before and after each play, as this will help to prevent dust and dirt building up into a bigger problem further … Read More

GrooveWasher Mondo Record & Stylus Care System Review

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Our favorite manual record cleaner gets an update with the release of their top-of-the-line record cleaning bundle.  Regular readers will know why we’ve recommended GrooveWasher as our go-to manual record cleaning solution for over four years now. Quite frankly, in our opinion, it’s the best product on the market in this category. GrooveWasher G2 cleaning fluid is safe, highly effective, … Read More