How to Flatten a Warped Record

February 23, 2017, by , under Records

When it comes to enjoying music, the key is finding the right sound. Vinyl records produce a far different sound than other music formats, including CDs and digital files. For many music lovers, this is the only real way to listen to older music. For others, records are purely collectables. Either way you look at them, being able to flatten a warped record improves its value and appeal, allowing you to build your collection more easily by letting you purchase items in less than ideal condition and repairing them.
There’s a good article here detailing the methods below


Think weeks and days, not minutes and hours.

This is essentially the leave-it-between-two-large-books-for-a-long-time-and-hope-that-fixes-it way. If you have some large and heavy books to cover the record you’re trying to flatten, this method will serve you well. Constant pressure should flatten your LP into submission, but it will take a lot of time to really make a difference. Be careful you aren’t doing something more destructive in the process, like adding a ton of weight to a dirty record and grinding a grain of sand into the surface. Clean your record first and consider leaving the record in the inner sleeve when putting it between your books–that should help prevent dust building up on any part left uncovered.

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