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How to Accept New Vinyl Records

How to Accept New Vinyl Records

According to the experience of some professional vinyl collectors, newly purchased vinyl needs to undergo the following inspections:

  1. Record quality: Check whether the record is flawed, such as wear, scratches, liquid leakage, etc. Make sure the surface of the record is flat with no obvious unevenness.

 

  1. Printing quality: Check whether the printing on the record is clear, whether the color is accurate, and whether there is any error or deviation.

 

  1. Sound quality: Listen to the sound quality of the record, check whether the record is smooth, whether there is noise or obvious sound quality problems. The sound quality of vinyl records is very important to audiophiles because it affects how the music plays back.

 

  1. Record weight: Vinyl records are usually heavier than digital music albums, so checking the record weight can ensure the quality and thickness of the record.

 

  1. Seller's Promise: If you are buying a digital album or a limited edition record, check if the seller promises special service and warranty.

In addition to the above acceptance content, you can also ask the seller for information about the record, such as record number, publication date, publishing company, etc., to understand the background and history of the record.

Perhaps for vinyl players who are just getting started, the above five aspects can only be used as a reference, not a tutorial. Therefore, the Retrolife marketing team went to the homes of several well-known vinyl collectors on weekends to learn from them and discuss their acceptance experience. The following is the advice given by one of the vinyl players. Personal experience focuses on following the following 5 steps for acceptance:

  1. Inspection and packaging: top punching/envelope corner folding/outer plastic sealing
  2. Check the version: Use Discogs to check whether the product is the correct version
  3. Scientific unpacking: pay special attention to the girdle, and keep the labels and stickers intact. Note: the girdles of European and American records are different from those of Japanese records
  4. Look at the body: whether there is any bending or damage
  5. Depreciation description of the whole experience (for second-hand discs)

For ordinary consumers, how to avoid damage or damage as much as possible?

  1. Packaging: If it is long-distance transportation, you can ask the store for reinforcement. Overseas Taobao must choose a reliable transshipment company. For out-of-print and limited-edition precious records, it is recommended to talk to the seller about shipping insurance.
  2. Version: For some new stores, you can request to send pictures for verification in advance, but in the final analysis, it is safer to find a reliable purchase channel.
  3. Unpacking: Do not throw away things, girdles, labels and stickers, which will depreciate the value of the record. Here you can pay attention to the side disassembly method.
  4. Disk body: pay attention to the high temperature in summer (after all, the material of the record is plastic)
  5. Depreciation description (for second-hand second-hand discs): the seller is still required to take pictures in advance, and the more secure channel itself is reliable

Next blog preview: How to become a record connoisseur and quickly judge how much a piece of vinyl is worth?

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