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  caring for your vinyl collection...

void touching the playing grooved surface of any vinyl disc. The disc should only be handled by the outer edge or the labled surface. When possible handling with a soft cotton is advisable .

void stacking records on a turntable (the use of a spindle to stack albums and 45's was common in the 60's and 70's). Also do not place your vinyl on any other surface without the protective sleeve

he cleaning of discs, should be performed before and after playing. This ensures the best possible playback, and prepares the disc for "dust free" storage.

here are various methods, machines and formulas, for the cleaning of your records. For LP's and 45's the basic approach is advised, the use a soft, clean cloth and water is generally acceptable. Distilled water is preferred over tap water. Also recommended is a "water based" cleaning solution with up to 20% isopropyl alcohol by volume. This type of solution is especially effective in removing dirt and dissolving oily contaminants from the contact with hands and skin.

hen cleaning the disc, place it on a soft clean flat cloth. Next, apply the cleaning solution or water, and with a soft clean cloth, work the disc in a circular motion and in the direction of the grooves. If possible, avoid a static build up on your discs. This will not only create crackles during playback, but also attract dust particles during playing and handling.

ith 78's(shellac discs) the use of tap water, distilled water, or a "water based" cleaning solution, should be used. The use of alcohol or a "alcohol based" cleaning solution can dissolve shellac recordings. as with the vinyl, place the disc on a soft surface, and apply a soft, clean cloth in a circular motion.

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