record player etiquette unspoken rules TV TOKYO and Portland Monthly Hot Chocolate

Portland Monthly magazine mentions our Hot Chocolate in their December issue, a drink not to be missed this winter. Pick up a copy and check it out. We are also mentioned a second time in the same issue!

TV TOKYO includes Courier in their piece on livable urban cities, with some significant footage, broadcasted a week ago across all Japan, check it out here.

With new people around the holidays, we felt it a good time to address proper behavior around the turntable, or record player. The basic rules are basically the same as coffee. You do not take a drink that is not yours, and you do not drink a drink that is not yours. This sounds like common sense but people behave differently around record players than hot cups of coffee. There seems to be a more respectful distance around others coffee, which is appreciated, where as sometimes record players are treated more like furniture, than delicate things that break when you touch them. There are people who carefully play records, and those who do not. It is always best to ask to touch before you do, and also more than prudent to be way careful about bumping, brushing, or leaning anyplace close to the player. Please remember a turntable is a delicate thing, and the records stacked near the player, or cords, have the ability to fall, swing, shift, and perhaps do a little damage. We know it was not going to be easy, but in our minds having this technology makes things a bit more romantic.

Now- protips, or the reasoning behind using the lifting mechanism for the tonearm, or not. I was always taught to lift and drop by hand (hooking a finger under the lift arm to do both, never putting downward force, other than gravity), thus assuring the needle fits in the groove before taking your finger away.if a record is dirty the needle may not actually find the groove with a slow drop from the lift mechanism, but skate across the surface, scratching it up (this also depends on the tightness of the grooves, which vary by design). Do Not lift a needle by pressing down on the cantilevered weight, your force is magnified on this side as well as the possibility of changing the weight adjustment, affecting the tracking force of the needle. Especially do not grip a needle in a horizontal way, as in pinching the head, or tonearm. some people like to use the lift mechanism, but they are also checking to see that the needle tip is clean each time, and cleaning the record of course. Getting the needle to track is especially important with our Shure M44g needle, with less than a gram of tracking force, it is a lightweight, but the upside of low wear on the records for us is a must.

Thank you for listening

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