How to Play a Vinyl Record

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Step 3: Time to power this bitch up.
Have you managed to set your vinyl on the record player without breaking it? Great. Now reach out to the record player and flip that power button to the "on" position. Is electricity flowing through that bad boy? Sweet. Now turn the "speed" switch, which happens to be separate from the "power" switch, and spin it over to whatever speed you want your record to play. That should set things in motion nicely.

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Step 4: Aim is everything.
This can be useful in so many life areas, but especially so when it comes to playing a vinyl. Carefully -- carefully -- swing the tone arm, that handle-looking thing that touches down to play the record, and place it over the groove on the record that marks the song you want to play.

There should be a button to control the arm. See it? Now press it to lower it onto the record. If you've done this part right, you'll hear music playing. If you hear it, you're awesome.

Step 5: There is no step five: you're playing a damn vinyl. Congrats!
Now remember, our moustachioed, bearded, and skinny-jeaned friends, that practice makes perfect. Do the above steps often enough, and you'll be enough of an expert to teach the next hipster generation the ways of the wax. Good luck, and Godspeed.


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It is hard to believe that a reporter could write about something and pretend that they know what they are talking about when in fact they do not. This is some of the worst journalism I have read. Why would you slag some thing  you know nothing about. I think I hear your mom calling you, and it is time for your nap.!!


 I guess this is supposed to be funny. It's not. Let me point out a couple of things for you Ms. Leicht. Vinyl record is redundant. All records are vinyl. Records is the correct plural. Vinyls is not. As andyphifer pointed out you could have actually offered some helpful tips. You chose not too.However I did learn one thing from this. I thought nothing could possibly be worse than your concert "reviews" until today.

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More required reading for 12 year olds from the geniuses at HP.


IT is fun to tell jokes, but what about some real guidance, like discussing the need for a pre-amp on an older turntable going into speakers without a receiver in between? Or say what the difference between the speeds are and how you know which one to use?


I sort of hate owning a record player (and records) now.  Thanks for that, I guess.

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