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  • I wore it out. Really???

    It's something you hear - I Played it so many time I wore it out
    I've never worn out a record
    Has anyone really done this???
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Expiry2011 View Post
    It's something you hear - I Played it so many time I wore it out
    I've never worn out a record
    Has anyone really done this???
    Funny, was watching that BBC4 story of the 45 and commenting to the missus how many interviewees came out with the "I played it so much I wore it out" - was it Mike Batt who said he bought "It's Over" and played it constantly and wore it out in a day???? Hmmmmmm.....
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    • #3
      Funnily enough I pulled out my copy of "Hannibal Brooks" for the first time in many years the other day, and the track that used to get DJ'd was pretty much trashed. I think it must have suffered from sharing needles on dodgy decks. So I can proudly proclaim I've played "Elephant Shake" so many times I wore it out.

      There are all those dire warnings on record labels about using a worn needle. 25 plays for a sapphire one, was it?

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      • #4
        I remember donkeys years ago this older bloke talking to me about about Captain Beefheart, when I was a wet behind the ears kid who knew nothing about life let alone Beefheart. He showed me this Beefheart album he'd just bought claiming he'd played his old copy so many times he could "see through it".
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        • #5
          You do occasionally come across 45s which are almost smooth with hardly any groove left on them, usually a bit grey looking. I suppose the walls of the groove wear away. Either that or they've been played on a lathe!
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          That keeps you from being a part of it all
          Because you've got to be one with the one and all
          You've just got to be close to it all

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          • #6
            I blame 'dansette'
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            • #7
              a pretty easy thing to do with one of those bad 60s/70s portable record players i guess.
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              • #8
                New Order - "Ceremony". Hammered that for a number of years. Possibly there were some needle-condition issues too.

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                • #9
                  With a dodgy stylus, 5-10 plays would start to damage a record, definitely. But with decent gear set up correctly, tracking weight etc etc, I reckon you must have dozens of plays before things drop off.
                  Certainly I've got 45s where they've obviously been DJed and there's a definitely 'chhhk' noise at the cueing-up point - cue burn they used to call it.

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                  • #10
                    I've fallen asleep drunk when a record 'stuck' and that groove was certainly worn down by time I woke up again.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Big Youth View Post
                      I remember donkeys years ago this older bloke talking to me about about Captain Beefheart, when I was a wet behind the ears kid who knew nothing about life let alone Beefheart. He showed me this Beefheart album he'd just bought claiming he'd played his old copy so many times he could "see through it".
                      The album in question? Unconditionally Guaranteed. Wtf?
                      He should have just claimed back on the guarantee.

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                      • #12
                        One of my favorite German words is "Rillenfräse" used to describe used portable recordplayers.
                        All the Wolpertingers

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                        • #13
                          I saw a photo of the quality control department at (I think) EMI in the 60s, and they had special turntables with four arms on them which would be set to play on a sample disc to replicate the effects of frequent playing in a short space of time.

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                          • #14
                            On the subject of worn out needles anyone recommend where I can buy a replacement stylus 'orotfon 5e' or equivalent fit that's wont cost me 50 quid! Even if its a generic copy if anyone has any experience please let me know.

                            I left mine on one day and returned and found it tracking along the paper inner, could have been doing it or a few minutes could have been doing it for 48 hours, I don't know but doesn't seem the same since (or maybe I'm paranoid!) still worried I'll wreck new records.

                            I've always bought old decks until I got my 'project' so no experience of modern carts/needles.
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                            • #15
                              The 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' 7" on our local's jukebox circa 1991 must have been a fraction of its weight at pressing just a couple months after it went in.

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