The Mule

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  1. You're right - I just realized it's like a record a day, practically! There was a lot of stuff I wanted and had to get! Slowed down considerably now though.
  2. Cool - thanks! Will check those out.
  3. Ahhhh. I believe mine are the hazy type... Will cancel that order and keep looking for some that are clear and non resealable.... If anyone wants to recommend a particular brand, please feel free.
  4. Thanks for the replies, everyone... I just ordered some of the 3 mil sleeves off Amazon. I didn't like the idea of the ones with the flap - seems like just one step too many for simply getting a record out of its sleeve and onto the turntable. Are the 3 mil ones clear though? I read somewhere (after ordering) that they tend to be sort of hazy, which would be a drag... As for printed inner sleeves, I simply put them back in the cover, next to the record in its new poly lined sleeve. If the fit is too snug, I store the printed inners in a box I have from an old box set. Holds them nicely. I rarely look at the printed inner sleeves more than once or twice anyway so it's not a big deal to not have them with the record.
  5. I began collecting vinyl again about 6 months ago, and have a collection of about 175 records at this point. I've replaced all the inner sleeves with poly-lined sleeves, but to date have not bothered to use the protective outer sleeves. This afternoon, on a rainy, muggy, humid day in NYC, I walked into the room where my records are kept and noticed that many, especially those towards the front (I store a big portion of them record store style, allowing me to flip through them), had that sort of wavy look along the edge where the record slides out. I immediately turned the AC on to help dehumidify the room, but was wondering if perhaps keeping records in the outer sleeves would help protect them from the humidity in the future... Thoughts?
  6. It worked really well. Especially if you can use some sort of magnifying glass.
  7. Toothpick does the trick! Thanks again.
  8. Cool, thanks to both of you! I'll try the toothpick first, and if that doesn't work, might try the wood glue.
  9. Just got a nice copy of a record that was on my want list. Sounds great except on side two, track one there's a spot that looks like it may be paint spatter or something similar. At first glance I thought it was just a big piece of dust or paper from the original sleeve. But once I began cleaning the record on my Okki Nokki, I found that this spot did not come off. The record sounds fantastic, but at that one spot, this glob of whatever it is causes 4 or 5 super LOUD pops right in the middle of the song. Ugh. Can anyone recommend any methods by which I might safely remove something like this from the surface of the record? I'd be fine with simply reducing the volume of the "pops" but I really can't stand listening to it the way it is... I can snap a pic of the spot tomorrow if that would help... Ideas?
  10. I guess if they sound ok, then they're ok... Only way to know is to buy an original pressing or an official reissue. Was just hoping someone on here has already made this comparison.
  11. These are the versions I have:
  12. Recently got back to collecting vinyl, and some of the first discs I picked up were Eno discs. Music for Airports and Discreet Music were first, as those were two I had back in the day, and have enjoyed on CD in the interim. Unbeknownst to me (because I wasn't really paying attention), I picked up "unofficial" releases of these two albums - Discreet Music is in white vinyl, and Airports is clear (see following post for links to actual releases). To my ears, they sound pretty good, but I was curious to hear what others thought. For comparison, I had also picked up a few Bowie albums that were "unofficial" (these turned out to be crappy bootlegs from a CD master, and I believe were pressed in Russia), and the sound was just awful on those. I replaced them with originals or good official reissues and am very happy I did. As I said though, on these Eno records, they do sound "ok" on my system. They aren't as dynamic or complex sonically as they Bowie records though, so I'm wondering if the difference is negligible. Anybody here familiar with both and can offer some input?
  13. Thanks - will check it out.
  14. Got it. I emailed Jim Pendleton at AIVS earlier and he answered a few of my questions. Might speak to him tomorrow, but I'm definitely leaning towards his product. I appreciate your advice as well!
  15. Sorry, I didn't write that very well! Let me clarify - I realize you aren't meant to make it click, but when I felt that the device might not be working, I tested it with the little attachment on the end and was unable to get even a faint glow... Figured I'd just check to see if I could make it click. When I squeezed and there was no click, it made me think perhaps the mechanism is dead / faulty or ??