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Everything posted by shamrocks

  1. caveat: not a financial advisor. the markets been pretty volatile the last 2 months and I think most of us believe the unprecedented growth of the last year is due for further correction. on face value, lowes doesnt seem like a bad stock, ratios look good, etc. i dont think its a $110 value (not sure why it went up 50% in two months) but then it corrected with the rest of the market in February and then again when the tariff nonsense was announced (also looks like they missed earnings projection right around 3/2). I personally think its very risky to have a large portion of your retirement tied up in a single companies stock, but Lowes seems like a top-half selection as far as stock values go. mutual funds are also going to be hit with market corrections, so its very likely your portfolio would have had exactly the same downturn had you been 100% in the growth fund. i just think single companies are risky, but there is no reason why well-run companies with stable profits and a strong market couldnt be a major part of a portfolio. also they pay dividends and have some relative Amazon-proofness just my thoughts
  2. PO: Typhoon "Offerings"

    anyone have a red to sell? even at a markup...
  3. Help with ultrasonic cleaning

    i used it for a solid nine months on everything that I played. theres definitely a difference between a cleaned and not cleaned record, but i dont have any context by which to judge since i never had a vacuum-based cleaner the challenge with a system like this is that you need a significant amount of fluid. I use tap water since i dont have my own way to make 5 gallon batches of distilled water. Also I really havent figured out the right cleaning solution, especially with that much water. So i use mostly water with added isopropyl acohol and some fragrance/dye-free Dawn but Im sure its not ideal. I probably will clean 30 records with a batch (3 at a time) id love to hear what other people do with their cleaning solution when they need large batches of it Also, there is no motor so you have to hand turn the records, which is fine, but I dont really know the optimal time, so I typically do 5 minutes in the cleaner, rotating one third of the record every 1.5 minutes, followed by tap water rinse...i hate using TW but there really isnt another option (edit: I see there is now a motorized option for $20 more that you would be foolish not to get if you were going with this model Turning the heater on even the lowest setting induced a visible warp in my records while they were cleaning, but it corrected during the rinse. Very weird, also i could tell they were more flexible when i took them out so it must induce some damage. I recommend not using the heater at all
  4. Okay so I bought an US cleaner, some of my questions are: 1) Do I need to use cleaning solution? There is some "streak free" cleaning concentrate that comes with the unit but would water work just as well? 2) If I do use the cleaning solution, how should i rinse the records? Drain the tank and then run it with just water? Thanks
  5. I mean WTF Marantz TT-15 - is the spindle just too big? or is the modern day record simply so thick that theres no give at the center hole. Ive had several that wont go on the platter without pressure and at least one that i had to break to get off (!). Am I missing something here?
  6. yeah i agree this should work. i broke a record that wouldnt come off last week and was worried i would break one the other day.
  7. Down The River/Black Sheep Boy/Stage Names is as good a stretch as any band in the 2000s and this is a great band. Im always interested to see whats next. I didnt love Away, but I ride hard for Sheff and co. and its exciting to hear what playful and "massive" OR sounds like
  8. The best David Bowie album

    these are all fine answers but the right one is The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  9. PSA dont get fooled that if it goes on the spindle it will come off
  10. PO: Honey and Salt - S/T

    thanks, ordered!
  11. Shoegaze/Dream Pop Thread

    only $31 shipped...5.50 shipping not bad. I think its the same version on bandcamp, i cant see why they would have two different clear green variants. that one is $37 shipped to the US
  12. thanks, I couldnt find that number for some reason
  13. <10 silver left by my count and trying to add to my cart >500 black left
  14. jump on that silver @drds89, there may only have been 100 of those as well certainly arent 50 left
  15. $41 shipped to US...I went for it to keep the streak alive
  16. Crosley t200

    a small step up from their briefcase models, i suspect, but Id probably take literally any other $100 entry level TT.
  17. not entirely clear on that, since Im not sure that accounts for all other ordering sources, as SSD, juno, amazon, bullmoose all have it listed for sale
  18. in my opinion, it seems pretty smart for a label to press a second /500 variant after the first sells out, rather than an unlimited color/black or a /1000 run...it encourages people buying multiple copies and suggests a rarity of sorts that really wont be there in the end, when there are about 10 variants of this record. i dont mind, but I think the makers/sellers of records are going to have to be more transparent about this in the future. im sure SC just saw the demand and was happy to offer up another variant
  19. i mean, that makes a big difference in a $20 record, i cant imagine how much it makes in a $100 record with a niche market.
  20. well supply is certainly greater, /7500 vs /2500
  21. i have to say the vinylcollective posting career of user @puttheneedleontherecord is starting out on the right foot
  22. (PO) Appalaches - Mon vinyl release

    unfortunately shipping is nuts, $16 for a $22 record and $25 for the $35 record+hoodie bundle probably makes it a pass for me