Do you own records? Do you use them for flatware when all your dishes are dirty, then wonder why your favorite Yes song constantly skips? Are you lazy and order your kids to flip to the B-side of Moe Bandy’s Greatest Hits just after they’ve housed an entire box of Klondike Bars? Are you just not too fond of common sense? If you answer “yes” to any of these, you’re EXACTLY like me and are in desperate need of an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to help you best manage the quality of your record collection.
Thankfully, Mercury Records is there for us nitwits in our record neglecting times of need.
Your Records are Worth Caring for…
(Courtesy of Mercury Records)
You buy a record because you like it. Each time you add a record to your collection, you’re building up your personal library of musical favorites. Here’s how to make sure each record you own gives you maximum pleasure each time you play it.
1. Avoid getting fingerprints or smudges on the playing surface. Handle the record by its edges, or by one edge and the center label.
2. Hold the record jacket against you and buckle it when removing or replacing records.
3. Remove surface dust before playing records. Do this by gently wiping the record with a slightly damp soft cloth or a specially treated record cloth available at your record dealer.
4. Store record albums upright as you would books. Single records should be kept in a rack but may be staked or stored vertically with your albums.