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I've just been given a lovely brand new 180g LP copy of Scott 4 by my excellent girlfriend, however it doesn't exactly sound that great on my turntable. It sounds like it's playing too slow, (it quite possibly is) but other records seem to sound okay so I'm not sure. Is it possible the record could be a dodgy pressing or is it more likely that my record player is just a bit rubbish? It's a fairly cheap turntable and old too. Feel free to chuck in any other advice for a vinyl pleb too
... on your record player?
so you can check the speed. Amazing scenes.
HOwever if the other stuff plays ok then it's probably not the speed.
Could be a duff pressing I guess. Is the LP second hand? Could have been badly man-handled in a previous life.
Brand new. I've noticed the needle moves side to side a bit on one side though. I've also just adjusted the speed and realised this probably isn't as it is now playing way too fast
If it's too small or uneven it can slow the belt down without actually stopping it. It sometimes happens with new records.
If the record feels tight as you put it on the spindle, tell it everything will be OK, stick a scissor blade in there and gently turn it to shave a bit off - should spin freely then.
Check the record's not warped.
Could always just be your turntable's cack. Try it out on a decent turntable if you can get your hands on one and that'll tell you if it's a pressing issue or your deck that's the problem. If it's a belt drive then there's a good chance it's failing to power the platter properly with a good-quality, heavy slab of vinyl on it.
it might just mean its getting a bit tired or the belt just needs changing. If its a belt drive... They get a bit slack and don't get up to speed or have the same power after a while. The heavy record wont help with that as it adds extra strain on the belt/motor. But you could check if its that by playing a record thats the same wait and see if you notice its slower too. Lighter records might not effect the motor/belt or if they did the change wouldn't be as drastic as a heavy record. My guess is the belt.
I don't think it's the spindle hole, that seems fine
How do I check the record isn't warped? It looks flat enough when it's spinning on the turntable.
I changed the belt when I bought it about a year ago, do they wear out quicker than that?
It turned faster playing a lighter record (one I knew sounded bad before) but the sound quality wasn't better. Would a new stylus help?
I was playing it a couple of nights ago and it started spinning too fast (i thought I'd put it on 45rpm by mistake but I hadn't) then the sound just cut out and was replaced by a feedback type hum. It had fixed itself by the next day though
Until then, there are just too many variables.
I'm thinking it's more likely the deck anyway, cheers for the help