How To Fix A Warped Vinyl Record?

If you have a collection of records that are warped, or just one record that is warped, here’s how to fix it.

I was working on a project for my friend when I noticed his record player had some issues. The needle would jump around and skip over the tracks. He told me he could hear the needle hitting the vinyl but it didn’t sound right. It sounded like there were two different sounds going on at once. I realized what was happening after listening to the record. There was a warping in the grooves from the record pressing machine. This caused the needle to hit the groove differently than intended.

I decided to take apart the record player and see if I could figure out why the needle was skipping. After taking apart the record player, I found out that the needle was skipping because the record wasn’t spinning properly. I couldn’t find any screws so I used a screwdriver to pry off the cover plate. Once I got the cover plate off, I saw that the spindle motor was not turning correctly. Once I disassembled it, I found that the bearings were worn out. I cleaned them up with a toothbrush and put new ones in. Now the record player works perfectly!

If your record player has similar problems, try cleaning the bearing surfaces with a toothbrush before replacing the bearings. If needed, clean the record using an old needle.

How To Repair A Stuck Needle?

A stuck needle is a very common problem among record players. If you own a turntable, you may be familiar with this issue. When the needle becomes stuck in the groove of the vinyl, it is known as a stuck needle. In order to remove the needle, you need to push it back into place. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Find the needle by looking inside the hole where the needle goes through the record.
  2. Push the needle back into its original position.
  3. Use a small tool to free the needle from the groove.
  4. Clean the area where the needle got stuck using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
  5. Replace the needle.
  6. Put the record back on the platter.
  7. Turn the power switch on.
  8. Play the record.
  9. Repeat steps 1-8 as necessary until the needle comes loose.
  10. Remove the needle.
  11. Use rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab to clean the area once more.
  12. Reassemble the needle.
  13. Insert the needle into the hole.
  14. Test the needle by playing the record.
  15. If the needle still sticks, repeat steps 10-14.
  16. If the needle doesn’t stick anymore, replace the needle.
  17. Put the record back onto the platter.
  18. Reconnect the power cord.
  19. Play the record. Repeat steps 16-18 as needed to get rid of the stuck needle.
  20. Remove the needle. Clean the area again with a damp cotton swab.
  21. Reassemble the record player.
  22. Test the needle by listening to the record.
  23. If everything seems fine, turn the power switch back on and enjoy your record player.
  24. Enjoy the music.
  25. Keep the record clean.
  26. Make sure the needle isn’t too close to the edge of the record.
  27. Avoid putting the needle directly against the center of the record.
  28. Don’t play the record upside down.
  29. Don’t play the same side twice.
  30. Don’t play the vinyl while it’s wet or dirty.
  31. Don’t play the records too fast.
  32. Don’t spin the record too fast.
  33. Don’t use excessive force when pushing the needle into the record.
  34. Don’t use excessive pressure when pulling the needle out of the record.
  35. Don’t attempt to fix the needle yourself unless you are skilled at doing.

Video Reference: Fix A Warped Vinyl Record

Conclusion

It is my hope that these tips will help you to fix your record player. These tips have been tested and proven effective by thousands of people around the world. The best part is that they don’t require special tools and are simple enough for anyone to follow.

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