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Re: [ARSCLIST] Instant Recording Discs, was Re: [ARSCLIST] Record Gunk

For aligning of center records, I use method above mentioned: raising the record to the beginning of the tapered part of the spindle. But, I found more useful to put some flat, thick enough surface, rather then put additional 78s bellow one you want to play. The cheapest solution I found is to put thick Plexiglas or PMMA or whatever they called it, made just according to specifications of your turntable platter.

Of course this additional height can change geometry of your tonearm, especially VTA, but, usually in some better way. Records transferred has smaller crackle disturbances and less clicks. Less high frequencies as well.

Another thing I use to align of centered records is kids microscope (100-400x) - it can be magnifying glass as well and additional light source. It is rather time consuming work to align all perfectly well, but it works good.

Best wishes,


----- Original Message ----- From: "Christie Peterson" <cpeterso@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 4:53 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Instant Recording Discs, was Re: [ARSCLIST] Record Gunk

I love these kind of 'make it work' (while doing no harm) solutions! Absolute genius, both of you! As it turns out, the discs fit over the tapered part of the spindle, so stacking discs and/or mats up to that level is a perfect solution.

And as for never having seen an entire collection like this before, obviously, Dave, you've never had an entire collection of "As Heard on NBC" discs from 1968-1969 before ;)

Thanks again!


Christie Peterson
Project Archivist, Muskie Archives & Special Collections
Bates College
70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240-6018
(t) 207-753-6918
(f) 207-755-5911

Mwcpc6@xxxxxxx wrote:

Usually the tip of the spindle is tapered or rounded. A solution sometimes suggested if the spindle is not removable, also useful for centering, is to place other records on the turntable first to raise the disc above the start of the taper.

Mike Csontos

David Lennick wrote:
Very simple solution (from the guy who suggested Windex)..if you have an extra
turntable mat and a junk LP (preferably an early 50s pressing, without the
raised edges and center), that will raise the disc enough to fit over the top
of the spindle. I do this all the time to center records. And I say nasty
things to people who advocate drilling larger center holes.

But I've never run across an entire collection of discs, instantaneous or
otherwise, whose center holes were all too small for a standard turntable


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