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45rpm Vinyl Records

While more contemporary types of media have been released, turntables, LPs, vinyl, and 45 RMP records are still being played. The warm sound and unmistakable depth possible with vinyl attract many audiophiles. These smaller 45 records are generally singles (with an A and B side) that play at the faster speed on your turntable.

How do you clean a 45 rpm record?

Place your album on a clean bath towel or another lint- and dirt-free soft surface. Apply some cleaning solution to the vinyl using a soft record cleaning brush. It's important not to get the label wet, so avoid spraying the cleaning solution directly onto the surface of the album. Use the brush to remove dirt and grime from the groves in the vinyl. After you're done brushing, dry the surface using a microfiber-based towel. Don't allow it to air dry. Turn your 45 over and repeat the process. Invest in a good record cleaning solution for optimal results.

How does a 45 rpm record work?

The hole in some 45s is too large to fit on a narrow record player spindle. Therefore, it's necessary to have an adapter piece to fit into the larger hole of a 45 rpm record. Simply insert the disk into the larger hole of the 45 and then place the center hole of the adapter over the record player spindle. Switch the record player from 33 rpm to 45 rpm speed, and you'll be ready to go.

How can you tell if a 45 is in good condition?

A good visual inspection followed by a whirl on the turntable is the only way to tell if a 45 is in good condition. To start your inspection, remove the record from the sleeve and look at the edges of the disk. Take your finger and run it over the surface to feel for any flaws. Pay attention to scratches that run along with the grooves. These sorts of scratches and gouges tend to create the most problems with playback. Scuffs can often be less troublesome than gouges. Furthermore, pockmarks around the outside edge of a 45 typically indicate heat damage. Be sure to also hold the record level with your eyes to determine if there are any warping issues. Ultimately, listening to a 45 is the only way to ensure it's in tip-top condition.

How do you store 45s?

Your 45 records should be stored in a cool, dry controlled environment. Temperatures between 46 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit are optimal for vinyl records. Vintage vinyl does best when the relative humidity stays between 30 40%. Find somewhere other than the attic or the basement for your collection to live. Also, your records should always be placed in high-density polyethylene sleeves.

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