Music on vinyl is back! back! back!
The forty-five. The thirty-three and a third. The seventy-eight.
OK maybe not the 78, although I still have some of Grand-Dad Webster-Wise’s 78s hanging about the loft enjoying the quiet life.
But if this pre-CD media is new to you, well how do you get started? Well I hope this guide will be of use…
- Remove record from packaging before attempting to play.
- You will require the proper equipment on which to play your record of choice. A record player, hi-fi equipment with a turntable fitted, a radiogram. Rubbing the record against your ear will not produce the required result.
- Do not attempt to eat record (although see point #5 below for special circumstances).
- Wash separately. Do not use bleach. Do not tumble dry.
- Check your purchases carefully. If your record is only one inch in diameter, unravels and has a knobbly label what you’ve been sold is a licorice Catherine wheel.
- If you must recreate the tumbling coloured vinyl title sequence from early eighties editions of Top of the Pops, please wear proper safety equipment – goggles, helmet, ear deflectors.
- Be awfully careful when dealing with the stylus of your record player. I’ve seen the needle and the damage done.