New Years Resolutions

January 2nd. Done.

Following the great December shelf collapse a solution was required, and quickly. I don’t usually make new year resolutions but I did, just this once, and it was to sort out the storage situation for my records. Subject to a bit of decorating and some dusting, its done thanks to a trip to Ikea and a hernia inducing trip back to the car, I have some Kallax shelving.

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There are about 1500 records there, which are sorted alphabetically by band/artist. I still need to distribute them a little better, just move everything along a bit, but my back and knees have had enough for now. A far better idea is to put a record on and write this while having a nice sit down.

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I’m on the look out for some replacement speakers as well, when I have a spare bit of cash, as children’s fingers did some prodding years ago and damaged these, they sound ok though.

How to knacker your vinyl

I don’t have a particularly good opinion of Crosley, they are very much what you pay for and, while it is good that there is a budget option available for people just getting into vinyl and on limited funds, it’s not good that the build quality is poor and they will probably damage your records.

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The image is pretty cool, that I would have to admit. That old fashioned briefcase that you open to reveal a turntable, yes, cool, but when you look closer it’s not what it at first appears to be. As What HiFi says, “It’s a lovely idea, but this flawed turntable should be kept away from your record collection” not least because the downward force of the needle on the record is 7g, where an average turntable is 2.5g, over time, this will ruin your records. I’ve also read that the arm is actually too short and sort of drags its way along as a result, causing further wear.

So why today to have a downer on Crosly? Well, I was in a shop and I saw a Crosley, I took a photo, here it is:

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I was quite irrationally annoyed by this piece of crap, mostly because it feels as though it will, in the long run, turn people away from vinyl as surely this will knacker their records.

Now I’m not judging anybody who has a Crosley, I know it is about the cheapest way to get a turntable and we can’t all afford £2000 of gear (I know I can’t), I’m just recommending upgrading as soon as you can, before you do irreparable damage to your vinyl.

Storage is an issue

IMAG0834_20150517190653521When I bought a replacement turntable last year I didn’t really have anywhere sensible to put it, so I dragged an old shelf unit from the back of the garage, where it had been doing a great job of allowing various bits of crap that I should have thrown away to sit on it. I now think I should pay a visit to IKEA or somewhere to sort out the overflow problem I seem to be having, the problem is evident in the picture.

I know there all sorts of lovely bespoke units available, but I really don’t have that sort of money to throw around, utilitarian is what I need, something functional will do me just fine.

I did an IKEA search a few weeks ago and found the perfect unit, except it didn’t seem to be available in the UK, so I may have to go to my nearest store armed with a record and find something that it will fit into that also allows me to put my turntable and amp on the top.

Just as a point of interest, this photograph was taken while listening to ‘Breakfast In America’ by Supertramp. You can see the cover on the left.