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How do I play a 16⅔ RPM record?

While 16⅔ RPM might be rare, some DJ turntables have a pitch adjustment going as low as -50% (also known as ultrapitch). Note that "33" is really 33⅓, so 16⅔ is exactly half of it. A ...
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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?

It's not because of fidelity I'll start by discarding one reason: fidelity. Fidelity is the ability of a system to reproduce a signal with the least amount of change. High fidelity means little to no ...
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How do I play a 16⅔ RPM record?

You need something more ancient or actually, more specialist. To give longer playback times, spoken word was often cut at 16 2/3, or even 8 1/3. Radio stations used to use them for pre-recorded shows. ...
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

After a little research (A sides in parentheses): “Rock Around the Clock” (“Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town)”)– Bill Haley and His Comets in 1954. “Tequila” (“Train to Nowhere") – The ...
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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?

Ever try rolling a joint on a CD cover? ;o) But seriously... There is a wonderful comparison over on the Audioholics site that breaks this down much further than I can. To me, however, I will just ...
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How to Clean Vinyl Records

Dust and dirt does affect sound quality and in extreme cases, can even make the needle jump out of the groove. Back in the 60's and 70's, when record albums were commonplace, you could easily find ...
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If possible, how could mastering engineers allow for stereo bass on vinyl?

Let's start by saying, even if you could, it doesn't make a great deal of sense to have a heavy stereo split in the bass frequencies. Let's try to analyse why that would be... First, your ...
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Strange Pink Floyd's "The Wall" album with round sticker

I suppose by "weird", you are refering to the sticker on the cover (as the Wall album is suppose to have nothing but a wall: This album, very likely, comes from a box set from 1997 : '97 Vinyl ...
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Is there deliberate marketing that tries to persuade people to prefer vinyl records over CDs?

This might come across as a tad cynical ;) Personally, I feel it's that people, given sufficient peer pressure, can easily be convinced to fool themselves. No need for marketing pressure. Most people ...
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How did Tops Records squeeze two songs in each 78 rpm side?

As these records were made before the age of computers & also really before even relatively simple modern vinyl cutting techniques were invented, they only really had two things they could play ...
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Which album's inside cover featured a policeman running after the band on a motorcycle?

I found the answer. The art is featured on the inside cover of the Chicago X album. I miss the days when albums came with great art. Here's a scan:
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What gives vinyl records their characteristic sound?

A vinyl record reproduces the actual original sound wave in a physical form. Digital recording samples the wave and reconstructs it --very much like an audio version of a "paint-by-numbers" picture. ...
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Are some vinyl players more forgiving to skips and crackles than others?

TL:DR - Yes ... but that doesn't even start to cover why. Your issue could stem from at least four possible sources. You head weight is too light. This one really is too technical to cover in ...
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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?

Of course, the best way to listen to music is live but, due to convenience, music is recorded. Vinyl (and tape cassettes) are an analogue format where there is no distinct difference when (for example)...
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Why do people sometimes offer a double of a LP or EP?

In the early seventies, DJ Kool Herc was one of the originators of hip-hop through his innovative use of two copies of the same record on dual turntables. He and his fans were tired of the then-...
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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?

There are many reasons vinylphiles present: music originally pressed on vinyl was engineered to sound good on vinyl, vinyl carries a wider frequency bandwidth than CD, no digital sampling 'blip'. Of ...
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Record Player Needle Replacement

The needle is probably fine as they typically last at least 1000 hours before wear becomes noticeable, but the cartridge is most likely a garbage ceramic model. Upgrading to a cheap moving magnet ...
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Record Player Needle Replacement

Why assume it's of low quality? Most modern needles are made of sapphire or diamond, so they are very durable. If the sound quality is good, your needle is probably fine. The stylus should be ...
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

I've turned up a few more .. with notes as to which were officially turned over or re-released I Am the Walrus (Hello Goodbye) - Beatles 1967 Never turned over Green Onions (Behave Yourself) - Booker ...
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Why are vinyl records now so prestigious?

Older and obsoleted technologies often make a comeback in a boutique, niche form that is higher quality, higher cost, and aimed at a smaller, luxury audience, as opposed to their earlier, mass-...
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

Green Day's Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) initially appeared as a B-side on their Brain Stew / Jaded single from their album Insomniac. It eventually was re-released as the second single on ...
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

Ice Ice Baby was initially released as the B-side to Vanilla Ice's cover of Play That Funky Music. Source from Wikipedia.
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" was the B-side of "Donna". While Donna reached #2 and "La Bamba" only #22 on Billboard Hot 100, I think "La Bamba" could be considered "more popular" in the long term. ...
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Is it a good idea to stream a vinyl turntable via Bluetooth?

This is a more controversial question than you might expect. For a certain subset of vinyl fans, myself among them, it makes at least a psychological difference that the sound of an old record (or a ...
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Vinyl record limited to 700 meaning?

It's a limited release, they only pressed 700 copies. It's intended to make the copies more valuable (similar to limited releases of prints for visual artists). According to this site, it looks like ...
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"N" option on turntable speed selector

It's probably "Neutral" meaning the motor can be running but not engaged with the platter. That's useful for cueing up a song (manually putting the needle on the part of the record where you want it ...
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How do I play a 16⅔ RPM record?

If you have access to a manual or some online resources for your record player, you should be able to find a speed adjustment screw somewhere on the unit. I'm sure it differs greatly from unit to unit,...
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

Its actually kind of tough to tell for sure, at least from sales figures, since a B side was (obviously) sold as an inseparable package with its A side. Probably the best way to tell would be from the ...
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Standard vinyl vs Audiophile/Weighted vinyl - What's the difference?

The weight is completely arbitrary. Marketing hype. If the record is thick enough to keep the groove on side A from smashing through to the groove on side B during the pressing process, then the ...
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