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LP Vinyl Clamp

I see that LP Vinyl Clamps will improve sound. What are your opinions on this matter? Are they worth the investment? Or are they mostly hype?

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Really not sure if they

Really not sure if they improve the sound as such, but they do help some of the old thin and partially warped LPs to "straighten up". If all i had were 180 gr audiophile vinyls I wouldn't bother.

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Definitely Worth It!

I bought a Michell Reflex Record Clamp a year or two ago because I had an LP with a slight warp and wanted to see/hear if this clamp could make a difference. This LP is virtually unplayable without the Michell. It sounded lousy, like a reel-to-real recording playing too slowly in spots and, then, speeding up to correct speed in others. I have no idea how it got warped because I've always taken meticulous care of my vinyl collection. There are alternatives to the Michell, of course (e.g. record weights or pucks; less expensive reflex clamps; weighted rings; vacuum systems; etc.). After some research, I decided on the Michell. I'm not fond of the idea of using a weight or puck, even though my TT is designed to withstand the extra weight on the bearing. I didn't have to use the felt washer that comes with the Michell. It pressed that slightly warped LP very flat to the platter and secured it very tightly. With the Michell, this LP now sounds even better than it did when it was new. Not only is the wah-wah distortion from the warp gone but the frequency response from top to bottom is significantly improved! When I tried the Michell with my other LPs, the ones without any warping issues, I found the same very noticeable improvements in frequency response. It's not something I had to listen long or hard for. Whether the LP is a thin pressing, a 180 gram pressing or whatever, the Michell works wonders! I am, by no means, an expert on why this is but hearing is believing! My understanding is that it all has to do with securing the record(s) tightly to the platter and flattening them out as much as possible to eliminate the slightest slippage so the stylus can track ALL of the music in those tiny little grooves as accurately as possible. I'm sure there's more to it than that but your ears will tell you all you need to know. Don't take my word for it. Try it. You can always return whatever you choose to try if it doesn't do what you want it to. Assuming you have a reasonably good TT & cartridge and audio system and LPs with proper size spindle holes, I cannot imagine you would not be able to immediately hear a positive improvement in fidelity. I've been spinning vinyl since the late 50's. I no longer play any of my records without the Michell.

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LP Clamps

Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts on this matter. I replace LPs with warps.

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Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts on this matter. I replace LPs with warps.

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Thanks. You have helped me deice not to buy.

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Okay. If you can notice a difference in fidelity then it's worth it to me. I have both a decent TT and audio cartridge that give me pleasing fidelity. I'm looking for anything that might tweak the fidelity even more. Thanks.

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If you’re well-heeled and the

If you’re well-heeled and the adventurous type look into the Shun Mook ebony LP Record Clamp All of your dreams will come true.

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