How to start a record player
Starting a record player is a thrilling experience. After taking the record player out of the box, it is essential to read the owner’s handbook and get acquainted with the various components of a record player. A record player’s components include the platter, tone arm, cartridge, counter-weight, and speed selector. After you’ve been acquainted with these components and the requirements in your owner’s handbook, you may proceed to set up your player.
Setting Up the Record Player
1. Place the record player on a level, flat surface. A record player must be absolutely level and set on a flat surface in order to function correctly. A level with a bubble vial in the center is required. Place the level on the table or shelf where you want to place the record player. Adjust the furniture till the bubble emerges in the vial’s centre. The surface is level when the bubble remains in the center of the bubble vial.
- You will never be able to get the machine to function correctly if the table, shelf, or other surface is not perfectly level.
- You may need to place some wood shims below the furniture to level it.
2. Learn about the components of your record player. In the owner’s handbook, you should find a schematic of your record player. Learn about the many elements of your record player:
- Start/Stop button or knob, which you must push to start or stop your record.
- Cueing lever, which raises and lowers the tone arm.
- The speed selector enables you to choose between 33 and 45 revolutions per minute, depending on the speed stated on the vinyl record.
- Automatic record players have a record size selection. This selector lets you pick whether to play a 12-inch or a 7-inch vinyl record.
- Tone arm and cartridge that reads music from the grooves of a vinyl record.
3. Adjust the tracking weight according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. The right tracking weight should be specified in the record player guide or owner’s handbook. A counter-weight should be seen at the rear of the tone arm. Turn the counter-weight until it matches the tracking weight specified in your owner’s handbook. Finally, return the gauge to zero.
If the manufacturer advises 1.5 grams, for example, you should adjust the counter-weight to 1.5 grams.
4. Connect your record player. Because the record player needs power, you must connect it into a safe outlet.
Playing a Record
1. Remove the record from its sleeve. Place your right hand’s palm beneath the sleeve opening. Flip the sleeve over and slip the record out onto your open palm. Put your finger into the hole in the centre of the record when you see it. Then, place the record on its sides.
Holding onto the flat surface of the record will cause it to get filthy and wear out quicker.
2. Place the record on your record player’s platter. Place the record on your record player’s platter, with the hole in the center of the record aligned with the pin in the center of the platter.
3. Check that the speed is right. The speed should be provided in the middle of your recording. A twelve-inch record will typically play at 33 1/3rd revolutions per minute, whereas a seven-inch record would play at 45 revolutions per minute. After you’ve determined the proper speed for the record, make sure your record player is set to that speed by pressing the speed selection button.
- Some 12 inch vinyl records have a rotational speed of 45 revolutions per minute.
- Some manual players may need you to remove the platter in order to modify the speed. The belt should then be moved to the suitable groove for 33 1/3rd or 45 rotations per minute. The proper groove should be specified in your owner’s handbook.
4. Press the play button and pull up on the cueing lever. To use a manual turntable, press play and then the cueing lever for the tone arm. The record should begin to play and the tone arm should increase.
5. Match the tone arm to the record. Shift the tone arm to the side of the record. Look over the top of the record player to line the tone arm with the outside of the record so it can fall into the first groove.
6. Lower the tone arm to the record. Once the tone arm has been aligned with the record, depress the cueing lever to allow the tone arm to fall to the record. The record will begin to play.
If you lower the tone arm and it skips a side of the record or begins playing the incorrect song, use the cueing lever to raise the tone arm again. Then, line the tone arm with the side of the record and lower it again.
7. Turn off the music. A record player, unlike an MP3 or CD player, must be stopped manually. You must lift the tone arm by pushing up on the cueing lever. Then, return the tone arm to its resting position and hit the stop button or switch.
8. Use an automated turntable to listen to the music. If you have an automated turntable, all you have to do is hit the play/stop button. The record will begin to play automatically. When the side of the record is complete, push the stop button.
1. The anti-skating knob should be adjusted. The anti-skating device prevents the tone arm from moving forward or backward and skipping over the record. If your record skips, turn the anti-skating mechanism until the tone arm remains stationary while the record is playing.
It is recommended to keep it to a quarter gram or less.
2. Insert a fresh cartridge. If you have acquired a new cartridge for your record player, you will need to install it using a little screwdriver and some patience. Align the red, blue, green, and white wires with the terminals labeled with these colors on the cartridge’s rear. After inserting the wires, screw the cartridge into the headshell using a hex screwdriver.
3. Clear out your files. It is critical to maintain your recordings clean in order for them to play properly. To clean your records, use a microfiber cloth, a record cleaning brush, or an anti-static record cleaning brush.
- It is time to clean the records if they seem dusty.
- Play the record without putting the tone arm down if you have a record cleaning brush and a manual player. While the record is spinning, use the brush to remove any dust.