”Reviving” old records can be difficult and time-consuming, but we assure you that the end result will be worth it. So dig up those old LPs and let’s see if Chisto’s handbook of vinyl record restoration can get the job done.
Time travel: enjoy the sounds of the past with vinyl record restoration
If you’ve often been to your grandparents’ home, chances are you’ve seen some records from the 60’s and 50’s – some really old, groovy tunes from years past. However, there’s also a good chance those records aren’t being played anymore for the simple reason of being too dirty and because of that, they can seem virtually unplayable. That is a shame, as they are treasured artifacts of the past, a remnant of a bygone era.
So what should you do if you happen to be an owner of a collection of these old LPs? Well, it is understandable if your first instinct is to just throw them out: after all, not everybody has a turntable, and there’s a good chance that some of these records have deteriorated beyond the point where any method of vinyl record restoration can get them to playable condition. If, however, your curiosity and interest in times past outweigh your rational thinking, then you and Chisto are clearly on the same page.
See, we at Chisto love music above all else. Our way of thinking is simple: the more music there is in the world, the better. So why not give these LPs a chance and see if the music of the past is really as good as your grandparents would have you believe? Sure, this will take quite a bit of effort, but that’s why we’re here to help you with vinyl record treatment. If life presents you with such a unique opportunity, you might as well capitalize on it, right?
Gathering the necessary items and making preparations for vinyl record restoration
So what do you exactly need for restoring your LP archive? A powerful record cleaner, safe and effective cleaning liquids, several polishing cloths and a duster – in other words, a whole kit specifically for cleaning and restoring records. Hey, nobody said vinyl record treatment is easy – if that was the case, this article wouldn’t need to be written. Luckily for you, most items that are necessary for vinyl record treatment are found with little to no effort – especially given that Chisto has nearly all of them on sale: the best cleaning liquids with polishing cloths and a record duster included free of charge can be found and ordered on our website. Also, you’ll need a lot of… well, patience, but sadly, that’s something you’ll have to get yourself.
When you’ve gathered all of the necessary items, it’s time to figure out what to do with the records themselves. Some things should be obvious from the start – broken records can’t be repaired and are beyond any reasonable treatment. If the record is simply dirty, then apply all of the mentioned items according to the instructions (however, depending on how old the record in question is, manual cleaning may be a safer option than a cleaning machine) or use the guide on our website. Approach cleaning with caution: even slightly rough movements may cause further cracks and damage to the record. After all, if they really have been sitting in the dark for the last couple of decades, you’d imagine that they’re not exactly in mint condition, which is why whatever method of vinyl record restoration you choose, it has to be a 100% safe. Remember: slow and steady wins the race.
Hopefully, you’ve managed to clean your collection and restore it to playable condition. All that’s left to do now is acquire a turntable (best recommendations for hi-end gear can be found on various audiophile forums), or, if you already have one, just bring it out and see if these LPs were really worth your trouble. If yes, than congratulations, you are now in possession of the closest thing we have to an actual time machine. If something went wrong during the process of cleaning or the LPs still sound horrible – well, don’t worry: first of all, it’s a learning experience and now you’ve learned something about vinyl record treatment; secondly, the Internet is your friend – there are many fellow audiophiles that have faced similar problems and will be more than willing to help you.
In other words, the motto of vinyl record restoration is never giving up on old records: even if you don’t particularly care about them yourself, there is a good chance that someone else will. So don’t just throw them out and if you can, put in a bit of effort – and let the magic of the past do its job.