The answer is really simple: caring for your turntable and cartridge well and cleaning them regularly will ensure they work without a hitch and sound great – not just now, but long into the future. Protect your kit from wear and you, your turntable and your vinyl collection can look forward to a long and happy life together!
Vinyl records create static electricity, which attracts dirt, dust and other deposits to both the turntable and your records.Even if you're not able to see the dust, the typical hissing, crackling, scratching sound you sometimes hear when listening to vinyl is a sure sign that both your record and your turntable need to be cleaned.
If you want to protect your delicate vinyl records and go on enjoying your turntable for many years to come, you should carry out the steps below on a regular basis to care for them. It doesn't matter whether you have a budget model or a high-end model.Reloop Turntable Accessories will help you to extend the life of your turntable and records many times over.
The needle should be cleaned each time you use your turntable. Dampen the corner of an anti-static cloth with a special-purpose cleaner, then carefully wipe the tip of the needle from back to front. Avoid wiping from side to side, as this could bend the delicate needle.
Regular cleaning is essential if you want to protect your records as much as possible and get a great sound out of them too. The best way to do this is first take a brush made specifically for vinyl records and use it to remove large dust particles and deposits from your vinyl. Then use a special-purpose cleaner and an anti-static cloth to wipe any more stubborn particles off the surface. This puts a stop to that annoying scratching sound, while also protecting your needle and records as much as possible. We would also recommend always storing your records in their own sleeves to protect them from unwelcome visitors like dirt and scratches.
To make sure the tone arm and cartridge make perfect contact with one another, clean the corresponding contact points regularly. You can remove smaller particles very easily with an anti-static microfibre brush. For more stubborn dirt, we recommend dampening a microfibre pad with cleaning fluid and using that to clean the contacts. And to make it as easy as possible to clean the contacts inside the common cartridge connector (SME) too, both the Reloop microfibre cleaning pad and the matching brush have been customised to the size of the connector, making them a breeze to use.
We recommend you purchase a professional storage case so your needle systems will be protected and you will be ready to transport them safely any time you like. However, you've got to make sure you pick the right size case for your system. Thanks to its modular design, the Reloop Cartridge King lets you stow common Concorde and headshell systems away safely. The built-in zipped mesh pocket is also suitable for storing cleaning cloths and other general accessories.
If you want to enjoy perfect sound while ensuring your cartridge and vinyl collection are protected from wear, then it is essential to precisely align and regularly maintain your turntable tone arm and your cartridge systems. This includes determining the needle contact force, aligning the headshell system and cleaning the contacts.The best way of aligning the headshell system is to use an SME alignment tool. It's true there is a wide variety of different models available on the market, but a mirrored tool is best for precise alignment. This is because it makes it easy to measure the distance between the cartridge tip and the tone arm pivot point, as well as to optimise the angle of the headshell system. The result is much improved track precision, significantly less wear and crystal clear sound.Other useful tools such as a spirit level will allow you to finely adjust turntables and headshell systems until they are in the perfect horizontal position.We have already explained that the contact points for the tone arm and cartridge need to be cleaned regularly, plus any vinyl residue needs to be removed from the cartridge needle. The best way of accurately determining the cartridge contact force is with a tone arm balance, whose balancing weights establish the cartridge contact weight exactly.The Reloop Turntable Cartridge Mount & Gauge Set includes everything you need to perfectly align, care for and clean both your turntable and your cartridge. As you would expect, the set also contains a metal screwdriver for mounting headshell systems and tweezers for making delicate adjustments and taking hold of balancing weights.
Unfortunately there are a few potential stumbling blocks around caring for your kit. So read on for some useful tips to finish:
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Even if you always keep your needle clean and clean your turntable after every use, on rare occasions you may still experience a fault. However, using our Turntable Accessories on a regular basis to care for your kit will extend the life of your turntable and records many times over. Have all repairs done by a professional service technician.To find your nearest dealer, visit our website at:
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