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VINYL 101: 180 Gram Vinyl… What are the Benefits? Heavyweight Vinyl Records Explained

180 gram vinyl has been the subject of much debate among record nerds. Are thicker and heavier records actually “better” and if so, why? While some misconceptions exist, there’s nothing really noteworthy about heavyweight vinyl. That doesn’t mean there are no benefits to be gained from 180g, or even 200-220g vinyl LP’s. This article hopes to […]

VINYL 101: 7 Easy Tips to Help Improve The Sound Of Your Turntable
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VINYL 101: 7 Easy Tips to Help Improve The Sound Of Your Turntable

Analog is mechanical.  Whether you’re playing tape or spinning vinyl, moving parts are involved in getting sound to reach your ears. A turntable’s basic function is to pick up the vibrations, emitted by the grooves of your records, via the tonearm and cartridge.The stylus then measures and converts these vibrations into an electrical signal that is amplified […]

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Reggae 101: The Dirty Dozen

Reggae 101: The Dirty Dozen  12 Slabs of Reggae Vinyl to Begin Your Record Collection For Vinyl 101’s Dirty Dozen, here’s a list of excellent reggae LPs to seek out. This is by no means an exhaustive list – just a few personal favorites that are readily available as reissues. Local record shops should be able […]

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VINYL 101: Originals vs Reissues- A Guide to Buying Records

“Originals vs. Reissues” is a recurrent topic among vinyl junkies.  A quality reissue can offer a great alternative to owning a scratchy original, or spending big money on something scarce. That said, many factors help determine whether you’ve purchased a good or bad pressing of a record. This article hopes to outline a few points which can help you […]

Reggae 101: The Record Labels
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Reggae 101: The Record Labels

First things first, some of the best reggae is NOT easy to find. Outside of big names like Marley, Tosh, Toots or Jimmy Cliff, finding quality reggae titles can be a challenge. A recent interest in 60’s and 70’s reggae has spawned some reissues of classics, but this really only scratches the surface of what […]