Still brings smiles
Some of you know I "process" records as a sideline. This is not an advertisement but an observation about the record quality that I see or hear.
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.