What is the reason a vinyl record became warped? Usually, it can happen if the record is left in the summer sun, next to the stove or another heat source. In this article, I would give you some tips on how to fix a warped record. So here we go!
How To Fix A Warped Record?
1. The best way to fix a warped record is to take 2 pieces of thick glass, turn on your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, place one piece of glass into the oven then your vinyl record onto it and then the second piece of glass on top of the record. Place some weight onto it, approximately 1 kg. Then wait for about 10 minutes. You need to be careful to place a perfectly clean record between two pieces of glass, and glass also needs to be perfectly clean. Some of the record player enthusiasts claim they succeed to straighten up their records with this cheap DIY method.
Here is a video that proves this is possible:
2. I do not know whether this way ever someone tried before, but here is another brilliant way how to fix a warped record: Take two pieces of a thick glass slightly bigger than your record, fill in your bathtub with hot water (150 degrees Fahrenheit) and then do the same thing as in a first way above: place one piece of the glass, then a record, then another piece of the glass and put some weight onto it. Maybe the main problem here is how to maintain the water temperature in the same period of ten minutes, but it can be done pretty easily if you have a bath thermometer.
3. The third way is the most expensive, and I can recommend this only if you are really crazy about vinyl record sound and if you have a large number of warped records. There is a machine to do this, but it is very expensive, and it is a vinyl record flattener FURUTECH LP Flattener DF-2.
Each vinyl enthusiast has a record in their gathering which is excessively distorted for any cartridge/arm to track. The DF-2 is the one-stop, one-catch answer for your issues! The DF-2 gives controlled-warm flawless smoothing to all your warped records, even those with just slight anomalies sufficiently only to unsettle your cartridge and cause mistracking.
Warps And Listening
Warps on the record are awful thing! If the tonearm/cartridge stays parallel to the LP’s surface as with a level record, VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) stays unaltered all through each groove. Furthermore, as the tonearm tracks twists it places more weight on the stylus which changes VF (Vertical Tracking Force) until the peak of the warp, whereupon the cartridge gets to be “emptied” with too little VTF in transit down.
Obviously, this destroys the sound, changing the sound quality, imaging, and sound stage attributes of the cartridge. A level record likewise tracks better with less distortion.
The DF-2 doesn’t consume up much space with its space-sparing, vertical stockpiling outline. Enhanced film warming innovation enhances the whole warming and cooling cycle for a splendidly leveled record that your cartridge – and you – will love! Simply lay the DF-2 level, open and place the LP on the guides, close and tap a single button! An LCD keeps you informed of advance with a tone sounding when done.
The DF-2 is a redesigned rendition of the first DFV-1.
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