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Are you suffering from records jumping or skipping? Do you want to know the reason and also want to know how to prevent and fix your records with this issue? Then please keep reading, I am sure you will find all of your answers.
Why do vinyl records jump?
A common reason your record may jump is because of dust in the grooves. Records can also jump because of deep scratches that cause the needle to leave the groove and jump to another spot. These issues might occur on any record no matter their age as all records gather dirt even if they are sitting on a store shelf.
Some other possible things that may cause your record to jump are if you clean your record by hard or towel or use a non approved cleaner it may cause your records to jump.
Reasons and preventing jumping on vinyl records
Vinyl records are by far the most durable form of media we have ever had but records can only provide great sound when they are kept in good condition. Records can suffer from all sorts of damage and deterioration and much of it can cause unwanted jumping or skipping.
Most of the time when you encounter a record that is jumping it is a fixable issue. Rarely is the record in such bad condition that there is no way to fix it.
Before trying to fix the issue of jumping you just find out the reason why it is jumping in the first place. There are a few different reasons why records can jump.
The first reason that records jump is when there is too much dust, dirt and scratches on your record.
Dust, dirt, and scratches are the enemy of records. To keep your records from accumulating dust and dirt you should make sure to always clean your records regularly.
When cleaning your records there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind. They are:
- Keep your fingers off the record’s playing surface. Never touch your records playing surface with your hands because your hand has body oil and this oil attracts more dust and dirt. You also could end up scratching the record with your nails or watch/bracelet as well.
- Never use a towel or non-approved record cleaner to clean your records. No matter how clean and soft your towel is it still could scratch your records or leave debris behind after you wipe it.
It is important to always use a microfiber brush to clean up your record. A microfiber brush is very useful because it can easily enter the grooves of the record and can clean all of the dust out of them. Additionally, this type of fiber easily removes static electricity which is responsible for attracting dust as well.
Non approved cleaner is also harmful, so be sure that any cleaning products that you use on your records will not harm them.
The second reason that records might jump is because they are warped.
Records are made with soft materials and they can be warped just by being exposed to direct sunlight. The ideal temperature to store your records safely is between 65°F (18°C) and 70°F (21°C).
The temperature where you store your records is important but avoiding storinging them in front of a window or glass door is more important. Even if your room stays that ideal temperature the sun shining directly on your records could still cause them to become warped.
Warped records are a pain to fix but the issue can often be remedied. Check out the video below for some tips on how to fix any warped records that you might have.