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BUYER’S GUIDE: TURNTABLE CLAMPS & STABILISERS

This Buyer’s Guide focuses on buying a clamp or stabiliser, otherwise known as a turntable weight

Paul Rigby looks at a range of devices and explains why you might want to grab one.

BUYER'S GUIDE - TURNTABLE CLAMP & STABILISER

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He also addresses the issue of using such a device to tackle warped records.

There’s plenty of advice here but we also want to hear your thoughts, hints and tips too, your experiences and any advice you add to the Comments section.

BUYER'S GUIDE - TURNTABLE CLAMP & STABILISER

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We look forward to hearing from you.

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7 Comments

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    Vaughn Tonkin
    16th September 2020 at 12:54 am

    Weights are good on bowed records, only on the one side that is label high, other than that I don’t bother about using weight

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    Tony Peters
    16th September 2020 at 10:23 am

    Thanks Paul. Very interesting. Do you happen to know if Project are one of the companies that don’t recommend a stabiliser for their decks?

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      16th September 2020 at 10:40 am

      Not to my knowledge, Tony – it’s always worth experimenting in any case I reckon. Mostly because stabilisers come in a variety of weights and I don’t know at what weight Company X is objecting to.

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    Vaughn Tonkin
    17th September 2020 at 3:23 am

    I don’t know about Pro-ject or other belt drive TT, I don’t think they cause any harm, the belt may wear out sooner rather than later

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    Michaël Elbaz
    20th September 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Paul, thank you for this informative video. Can playing a warped record on yout turntable damage it somehow?

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      21st September 2020 at 9:11 am

      Hi Michaël, if the warp is extreme then it can knock the stylus out of the groove to cause possible damage. Other than that, the main issue is a damage to your enjoyment.

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    Michaël Elbaz
    21st September 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks Paul. This affects my copy of the latest Obscured by Clouds pressing on Pink Floyd Records. There doesn’t appear to be any obvious impact on sound, but I still have to look away! Given it’s fairly low priced, I think I will just get a new copy and follow your sensible advice of not having ANY warped records in my collection! Thanks for all your great videos and expertise.

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