Unlike modern CD players, record player requires a lot of time and effort. However, if you are cared for it regularly and properly, you will not regret by the perfect sound quality and realistic feeling from classical music device. In this article, we will provide to you detailed instruction to install and maintain the best record players.
How To Operate Record Player:
First remove protecting cover of cartridge, put disc into the turntable, unlock the torn arm on the shelf, place the torn arm, start the record player and lower the needle. With the torn arm that are not from the same manufactures with record player, you need to manually lift the torn arm, lock the torn arm on the shelf and cover the stylus. If you forget this step, your stylus will be easily broken.
Adjusting To Limit Vibration:
The first thing you need to check is the turntable of record player. Although the vibration control system of the record player is good, a few vibrations will also come in and can damage the sound from low to medium-high frequencies. Using the pedestal to reduce vibration to the smallest level may reduce the negative impact on sound. This is even more important for a record player that does not have an anti-vibration system.
Touch your fingertip on the pedestal when the record player is playing, if you feel any vibration, it can seriously damage the sound. To see how great this effect is, use a doctor’s stethoscope against the base of the turntable. Or you can place a glass of water on the turntable and observe the water in the cup while playing the music device. It’s a simple and intuitive way to see how much mechanical and acoustic vibration can reach your system. Keep in mind that your hi-fi system is trying to recreate every tiny change to several millionths of an inch in the groove – about 1/1000 of a hair’s thickness. It is not a simple task in a vibrating environment.
There are several steps you can take to minimize the vibrations that occur during the operation of the record player system as well as the vibrations in the environment. First of all, the foot of the turntable must be placed on a stable surface – the inflated floor surface will not be able to create a solid foundation. If possible, fix the shelf on a brick wall or on a concrete floor. If your floor is made of wood, you may need to reinforce underneath wooden floor, such as adding a brace below the floor or cut a sawed sheet of 7-10cm thick to put under record player. If you cannot improve the floor, attach the shelf to a solid wall. You have to know that moving your record player to a more stable location can reduce vibration and, therefore, better sound quality.
Adjusting The Balance Of Record Player:
When a record player is not balanced, usually the operation of turntable, stylus, especially anti-skate, will be affected. Tilt problems cause the greatest impact on the pivoting torn arm, and the smallest on the linear tracking arm. Therefore make sure turntable and torn arm are in balance. Do not use the naked eye, instead you should use a bubble nivo slider to measure the balance. If the turntable is not balanced, adjust the anti-vibration system and adjust the height of each leg accordingly.
Setting Contact Of Stylus And Surface Of Disc:
- You should use a sensitized electronic scales (accurate to the tens of grams) to measure the pressure of stylus on surface of the disc. The standard pressure is mentioned on the instruction book, with allowed tolerance of 0.1-0.5 grams.
- Make sure the cartridge is properly balanced in the head sell with the sides of the cartridge are square to the head sell. When all adjustments are correct, carefully tighten the screw holding the cartridge.
- There are two ways to adjust the azimuth. The first way is to hear by your own ears. Rotate the cartridge in very small angles in different directions, and listen and feel which location is the best. The downside of this method is that if you do not have experience then you will probably get confused. The second method is to use an electronic voltmeter and a LP frequency transmitter to measure and test the output signal between the two channels.
Maintaining Base Of The Turntable:
The only thing that you can do is oiling the base. Follow the manufacturer’s advice on the type of oild as well as the oiling frequency. Lift the disc upwards, swept the old oil with a dry cloth, then pour in new oil but be careful not to overflow.
Base of the turntable are usually significantly improved with a larger viscosity. However, if the transmission system is not very good, this lubricant can reduce the speed of the system. All manufacturers sell their own lubricants, but testing different types of oil is also fun task.
Some rubber belts should be powder coated, some should be dipped, some should be softened on the surface, and others need to be cleaned. You should ask and follow the advice from manufactures to find the suitable setting and maintaining of belts. Some types of discs, due to their motors, require slippage when starting or slowing down, so their belts are usually coated with melting powder. The long-term slipping process will wipe out the powder and then start grinding the belts. In that case, replace the new belts from the same manufacturer.
The speed of the turntable is sometimes controlled by replacing pulleys on the top of the motor. So make sure the system is installed correctly.
Some Memorable Notes To Clean Record Player:
- Regularly check and clean surface of disc and stylus.
- Carefully store discs to avoid dust and humidity. You should store discs in album and better to buy disc cleaning machine to clean surface of the disc.
- Clean stylus by using a small brush which was dipped into special washing liquid. Remember to brush stylus along the spinning direction, no other way around.