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Records are coming back but a word of caution for record makers.Posted Monday, July 5, 2010, at 3:39 PM
Still brings smiles
Many believe the quality of sound from a record is much better than the CD or other electronic recording mediums. I can not confirm that with my equipment but I have noticed that over the years the record industry probably caused some of their demise by trying to make the records cheaper and cheaper.
I can play old 78 rpm records and have more dependable play than some of the more modern 33s. Thinner vinyl seems to result in less reliable the playback. I usually grade by sight since playing complete albums is very time consuming. For some reason I decided to play an album that looked perfect and still does, but it had more skips that an old 78 stored with no sleeve and showing visible scratches.
I cleaned it several times and checked the grooves with a magnifying glass because I just could not see the problem. I still can't but the record is trash and will become a bowl, coaster, clock or just about anything else but a record for listening.
What is the word of caution? If the recording industry is going to keep the trend for records growing, don't use crappy vinyl or cheap recording equipment.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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