With the resurgence on vinyl records emerging into music stores, collectors, connoisseurs, and music enthusiasts can benefit from the rare and new vinyl records at Academy Records in the East Village. Whether you are a youthful collector just beginning to amalgamate your favorite albums, or a veteran searching for rare pressings and alternative versions, caring for your records is critical to maintaining their longevity, value, and quality of sound. Academy Records offers a few tips that all record collectors should now on how to properly care for your vinyl LPs:
Clean the vinyl before playing it on a turntable. It may seem obviously simple, but many often forget this important step amid the excitement of playing the album. Clean your vinyl record by wiping them in a circular motion with distilled water and a soft cloth. Placing your record on your spinning turntable without the needle can make this easier. It is also important to regularly clean and maintain your turntable’s stylus, or needle. When dull, the needle can scratch your records and ultimately damage the grooves.
Always store your records in a cool, dry area. Although they may appear inflexible, vinyl is quite malleable and can easily become warped or damaged when exposed to direct sunlight, heaters, fireplaces, and humidity. Warm humid air can lead to mold, mildew and fungi growth, causing them to become unlistenable.
Store your vinyl’s in an upright position. Leaving your vinyl’s exposed or open on the floor or table is an easy way for them to get scratched and degraded. Store them in a box or crate, and use an inner paper sleeve and outer cardboard jacket to prevent any unwanted elements.
Handle your record by its edges and avoid touching the grooved surfaces. Static can distort the sound of a vinyl record, while the oil and residue on your fingers can cloud the grooves. Handle the record by its edges and pinch them when removing them from a sleeve.
Check out Academy Records to browse a vast collection of rare and used records, as well as the newest presses and prints.