5 Smart IKEA Record Storage Solutions

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care7 Comments

If you’re anything like me, IKEA isn’t usually the first place you think of when it comes to having fun. Unless, of course, your primary reason for visiting is actually a thinly disguised excuse for a cheeky meatball feast – then perhaps, you could be forgiven for enjoying your weekend trips to the land of affordable flatpack. In all seriousness, … Read More

How Do Different Turntable Mats Affect Sound Quality and Performance?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk14 Comments

Changing your turntable mat or platter material is one of the easiest and most affordable upgrades you can make. But not all turntable mats are created equal; some mats offer a quick and appealing aesthetic upgrade to your setup, while other designs can significantly affect the sound quality. There are many turntable platter mats available on the market, each with … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records, Quickly and Easily

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning12 Comments

A clean, well looked after vinyl record is a joy to behold, and in my opinion, the best way to experience your favorite music as the artist intended. Dirty records, on the other hand, will quickly have you reaching for the mute button. If you’ve just started your vinyl hobby—or you’ve recently rekindled the old record flame—the chances are you’ve come across … Read More

Do You Need a Mono Cartridge to Play Mono Records?

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Tech Talk, Vinyl 10113 Comments

Up until the late 1950s, commercial music was mixed in mono. Even then, it took some time for stereo to take off, and it wasn’t until the late 1960s that stereo went mainstream.  In the early days of stereo, many engineers took the opportunity to experiment and play with the format. It’s not uncommon for the stereo version of a … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records by Hand

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record CleaningLeave a Comment

In an ideal world, we’d all be able to clean vinyl records with a fancy, purpose-built device, such as a vinyl vacuum system or an ultrasonic cleaning setup. Unfortunately, however, many of these advanced cleaning methods are either cost-prohibitive or impractical for the average vinyl record collector. Consequently, many of us must settle for good old fashioned hand cleaning. I … Read More

Mastering Vinyl: Alchemy’s Barry Grint on What Makes a Great Record, and the Importance of Quality Control

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Culture & Industry, Tech Talk5 Comments

When it comes to producing and releasing a vinyl record, much of the final outcome hangs on the mastering process. During this final polishing stage, a great mix can either be sent to the stratosphere or drowned in a ditch (figuratively speaking). Any mastering engineer worth one’s salt will take a great deal of care in ensuring the hard work … Read More

How to Clean Vinyl Records

Marc HenshallMarc Henshall
Record Care, Record Cleaning16 Comments

To fully enjoy vinyl, you must keep your records clean. Dirty records don’t just sound bad, they’re also bad for your turntable, as the increased stress on your stylus will significantly shorten its life. This, in turn, will also lead to increased record wear. You can read more about complete record care in our previous post, but for today, we’re going to focus … Read More