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You Just Never Know - Dirty Records

Recently I stopped into a local shop to look through some old LPs, thinking I might just find something interesting. Once I dug into the pile of old vinyl, I realized that pretty much everything there was trashed and only priced by title and not condition. I was amazed that some albums were marked at 2 to 5 dollars and were in very nice shape and ones that looked like they were used for buggie boards on a dry carpet were marked at crazy 15 and 20 dollar prices.

I took a chance and spent a whole 12 dollars and returned home with 3 LPs.

I cleaned, cleaned and recleaned the 3 albums and then went to play them. Wow, was I supprised to find that the LP that was actually looking the cleanest from the start actually sounded like a bowling ball given a toss down a paved street. The other 2 LPs that pretty rough from the start actually cleaned up nicely and rarely had a pop or click.

I guess you'll never know how good or bad old vinyl will sound until to clean it and give it a spin on the old TT.

Don

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Re: You Just Never Know - Dirty Records

once, i asked the non-friendly clerk/owner (hard to tell as he never volunteered anything) if they play the records before they price them and put them out: no. do you look at them before you price them and put them out: no comment and no, they don't offer any cleaning service. they recently moved and my sincere hope was that this guy did not go with them, but alas, he did.
i have had some very good finds in used records. generally jazz albums have been well cared for and i assume classical as well. 70s and 80s rock - crap shoot.

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Re: You Just Never Know - Dirty Records

Agreed- what I look for is actual scratches or pits. If it's just smudges, grunge or dirt, it'll come out, and often reveal a pristine piece of vinyl underneath! Just got this really old looking Ahmad Jamal double LP and it sounds like it was almost never played- after removing quite the layer of dirt first.

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One of the local kids gaming places pulled in thousands of LPs from somewhere for dirt cheap. Tons of 60 70 and 80 rock and some jazz and country. The LPs are so dirty its tough to tell whats a scratch and whats not.
I'll probably buy some of the less costly stuff and have some fun trying to get then to play.

Don

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Yeah- it's not always easy to tell, and I've gotten some real lemons along the way. But by and large, I've gotten ten times more gems, and if it's under $5 then really, the odds are pretty good.

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