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  1. Rhino Records in Claremont CA was always a good spot for me, though I haven't been in a few years... Often times I find the best used records at used book shops... they aren't as picked through, they're never too expensive and all the scenesters are at the record shops leaving the book stores to old farts like me.
  2. Where in DC are you? I'm in Montgomery County... I have found a few great finds on CL, but also at yard sales and estate sales. Go to fancy neighborhoods for yard sales, you'll find something.
  3. This. For $150, go used. If you have the time, keep looking at craigslist, yard sales, thrift stores, pawn shops etc... You should be able to get a nice high-end Pioneer, Yamaha, Technics, etc for that kind of money.
  4. How did you determine it's not the receiver?
  5. The only thing I'd suggest is to avoid the ones with the adhesive, fold-over flaps... the adhesive can ruin a cover if it accidentally sticks to it. Beyond that... 3mil, 5mil, 2mil etc... all very (very) similar.
  6. Discogs will give you a good sense of retail prices, remember that a shop will pay you less than that so that they can earn a profit.... and even less if they need to buy 100 lousy records to get the 5 that are actually worth enough to stay out of the dollar bin. Also, a "Music/Collectibles" store may not be the best bet, you might do better at a real record store. Where are you? I am sure someone here can recommend a place. You may have decent luck on craigslist selling the collection as one lot.. Typically when selling in bulk like that you will get less per disc, but you'll move
  7. While the platter is spinning, grab the record and pick it up as you rotate against the direction of the spinning platter.... usually works pretty well... keep in mind that reaming out too much will make the record loose on the spindle, and that can be worse.
  8. Something I'd suggest if you're new to vinyl and playing a lot of old records, is that you shouldn't underestimate the value of cleaning the records prior to playing them. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a fancy vacuum machine, but a discwasher brush and cleaning fluid or a good brush make more of a difference for the sound quality of the records than the very minor differences between the various amps and speakers in the entry-level price range... most of all, have fun!
  9. I can't believe I watched a 4 minute video on outer sleeves...
  10. Make a list of what you have - let me see that list - and try to sell them as one lot.
  11. Some do. Some don't. Such is life. When an LP does have liner notes they are usually larger and easier to read than they are on CDs.
  12. Do you get sibilance on all records? If so, it is a problem with your set up... If you don't, it is a problem with that particular LP. Get a reference record, an album you know in and out, front and back so that when you tweak your set up you will be able to compare it.
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