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    Does anybody else experience this phenomenon?

    You play a record. It's fine. You put it away.

    You get it out again. It's gone a bit wavy.

    Happens more than I would like and only seems to happen to new vinyl and new old stock, like it was happy in its old home and putting it in a different environment just causes it to warp, even though it has not been exposed to unusual levels of heat or damp.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by BlackRegent View Post
    Does anybody else experience this phenomenon?

    You play a record. It's fine. You put it away.

    You get it out again. It's gone a bit wavy.

    Happens more than I would like and only seems to happen to new vinyl and new old stock, like it was happy in its old home and putting it in a different environment just causes it to warp, even though it has not been exposed to unusual levels of heat or damp.
    Are they shrinkwrapped? I've known covers to expand slightly after opening and then deform in too-tight shrinkwrap which can in turn slightly warp the record inside... but its uncommon, and a fairly slow process that requires exposure to either damp or heat, so it doesn't sound like the problem you're experiencing.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by BlackRegent View Post
      Does anybody else experience this phenomenon?

      You play a record. It's fine. You put it away.

      You get it out again. It's gone a bit wavy.

      Happens more than I would like and only seems to happen to new vinyl and new old stock, like it was happy in its old home and putting it in a different environment just causes it to warp, even though it has not been exposed to unusual levels of heat or damp.
      ^^^THIS^^^

      Yes, I was worried I'd become a vinyl Uri Geller - or my office turntable had some wonky magnets - or my deck was set up on an ancient lay-line. I've stuck on an unplayed post-punk 45, flipped it over and... massive warp. Which wasn't there when I played the A-side three minutes previously. Brand new disco 12" - was flat, then huge warp (but still played). Bought an original, sold the re-issue on Discogs described as having huge warp. Played again before sending to find... the warp had calmed right down (but still had a slight one). Feels like 50% of new vinyl I buy develops a mild warp after a few plays.

      That's the one good thing about 180gsm vinyl - maybe vinyl needs to be this thick to fight the inner struggle to break free! Was looking at a 1971 Tamla album by Stevie Wonder at the carbon sale yesterday and it was like a flexi-disc - couldn't even support its own weight. Was still flat, mind!
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      • #4
        Its infrequent enough to make you wonder.
        Latest manifestation in my collection was a vinyl from 92 and not in shrink. Maybe it because it was a weird etched disc, but even still that doesn't make much sense.
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        • #5
          It happened to me with a 45, in a box with other 45s and the only one to warp. Unfortunately it was Flower Power - Mt Olympus, so I wasn't happy.

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          • #6
            I'm scared.
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            • #7
              Yeah. This is haunting me. I don't like this idea.
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              • #8
                Happy nightmares folks!
                Everyone tear down your own little wall
                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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