A Spin Clean Record Washer Review By Brandon

This is a Spin Clean Record Washer review that was posted on the blog:

Vinyl roundup

by brandon on January 15, 2011

a box of goodies - over 90 of them

“Through birthday-ing, hunting, inheriting, Christmas gift card-ing, and borrowing, I’ve amassed a pretty big stash of records in the brief few months since I went analog and got all the components together for my home stereo.  The bulk of these records, obviously, had been in storage or otherwise unused for the better part of two decades at least.  As a result, many of them were in need of a thorough cleaning.  That’s where another Christmas present comes in:

this thing works magic with dirty records (click it!)

It took the better part of six hours spread over three days to do it, but I finally got the entire box washed, cased, and shelved neatly.  I set up a sort of assembly line – box of records on my right, coffee table with record washer in the middle, and empty box on my left.  The Spin-Clean itself is super-easy to use and really sucks the dirt off those records – I had to empty the basin halfway through cleaning because there was so much dirt in the bottom of it – and I had a bag of polypropylene record sleeves handy to case those records up once I’d dried them thoroughly.

i'll give you a dollar if you can tell me the name of the second album from the right

Finally, I found a couple of open shelves in my TV cabinet and put records I’ve purchased and have on loan (dominated by albums from the 90s) on the top shelf arranged chronologically by release date, and ones that my dad gave me (dominated by albums from the 70s) on the bottom shelf arranged alphabetically by artist.

the box for the spin-clean did a nice job of filling the extra space

I took a photo of each record after I’d cleaned it so I could catalog it and figure out exactly what all I had on hand.  There’s a little bit of everything – from Dan Fogelberg, Kansas and Weather Report to Sunny Day Real Estate, Don Caballero and Converge.  I hope to listen though all of them at some point, though given how little time I spend in my apartment during the semester, it might be a while.  It’s just nice to have them all clean, organized and accessible.  I even watched a few new movies while cleaning vinyl, but that’s the subject of another post.”

Thinking About Getting A Spin Clean Record Washer?

Do you have a vinyl record collection?  A Spin Clean Record Washer can take care of all your cleaning needs for your vinyl records.  It’s secret weapon is its special washer fluid.  This special formula encapsulates the dirt that comes off the record and sinks it to the bottom of the washer basin so it is not re-deposited back on to your valuable records. Watch the Spin Clean Record Washer video in action!

The Sound From A Vinyl Record

The Sound of Music we get from a vinyl record is utterly amazing.  To think that one can get hours of enjoyment from a small round vinyl disk.  It’s made me wonder just how it all works.  So I looked into it more.

The first record made and played was on November 20, 1877, by Thomas Edison.  Knowing how sound works, and a thorough understanding of science, he was able to accomplish recording sounds and playing it back .

How The Sound Comes Out of A Vinyl Record

We play vinyl records without giving it much thought.  But it really is astonishing how the sound gets to our ears.  We put a record on the record player, place the needle on it and tada, you hear your song.  How it really works is that needle attaches to a cartridge which is an amplifier going into your stereo system.  What happens is the groves in the record vibrate the needle.  The vibration in the needle causes electrical changes that represents sound waves which are later converted into analog and going through your amplifier into speakers coming out of speakers which vibrate according to what electrical impulses are sent from the needle off of the record.  It’s all electrical impulses. We have reffered to records as 33’s or 45’s, but do we know why they are called that?  That is the rotational speed at which the record is played back.  When the grooves spin faster you can put more information on them.  It has been thought vinyl records sound better than a cd.

How We Hear Sound From A Vinyl Record

The human eardrum is a stretched membrane, like the skin of a drum.  When the sound waves hit your eardrum, it vibrates and the brain interprets these vibrations as sound.  After the vibrations hit your eardrum, a chain reaction is set off.  Your eardrum, sends the vibrations to the three smallest bones in your body.  These three bones work together to send your brain these messages through the auditory nerve.  Your brain translates all that and tells you what you are hearing, the music.

One thing you will need to keep hearing all that great music is a record washer.  A clean record will not only sound better, but it will last longer as well.  Permanent damage to the vinyl can be caused by repeatedly playing a soiled record.  Spin Clean Record Washer does a fantastic job cleaning vinyl records.  Watch the video to see the record washer in action.

Top selling albums of 2010

.Beatles - Abbey Road

Soundscan has released the top selling albums of 2010 and they are as follows

TOP SELLING VINYL LPS OF 2010

1. The Beatles, Abbey Road (35,000)
2. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (18,800)
3. The Black Keys, Brothers (18,400)
4. Vampire Weekend, Contra (15,000)
5. Michael Jackson, Thriller (14,200)
6. The National, High Violet (13,600)
7. Beach House, Teen Dream (13,000)
8. Jimi Hendrix Experience, Valleys of Neptune (11,400)
9. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (10,600)
10. The xx, The xx (10,200)

Sales of vinyl LPs continued to rise, up another 14 percent to 2.8 million units from 2.5 million in 2009, accounting for a whopping 1 percent of overall sales. Seventy-one percent of vinyl sales came from independent record stores, which in turn recorded about 7 percent of overall sales.
During the period of Jan. 4, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011, overall sales came in at 1.507 billion units, down 2.5 percent from 2009’s total of 1.545 billion. Total album sales dropped almost 13 percent to 326.2 million, while digital album sales rose 13 percent to 86.3 million. Physical album sales dropped 19 percent to 240 million units sold.
Interesting to see the makeup. The only proper Beatles album to be available on vinyl stays at the number one slot for several years running. 7 of the top ten are what you would call recent releases while some old chestnuts round out the top ten. No doubt these four classics sell many more 2nd hand copies on vinyl than the new ones Soundscan account for.
None of the top ten vinyl records occur in the top ten albums for the year in all formats. Vinyl obviously sells to a very different market than the mainstream. Or the mainstream still does not release many of its titles on vinyl?