Affordable Record Flattener

MylesBAstor

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Sounds like a great solution - better than a piece of aluminum, a piece of glass and an oven :)

Supposedly available June 2011 - it's cheaper than replacing the 10 or so warped albums I have..... and can't make them worse. Right?
Why don't you just own a turntable using a vacuum or mechanical clamping system. I don't have any issues with my VPI. And I'm sure no matter how well the flattener works, a clamp works better :)
 

JackD201

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Why don't you just own a turntable using a vacuum or mechanical clamping system. I don't have any issues with my VPI. And I'm sure no matter how well the flattener works, a clamp works better :)
Loved my periphery ring and clamp. My big toe didn't.
 

JackD201

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Hahahaha! Yes you could say that. Still it was just a glancing blow and I had shoes on. I can't forget seeing how the rubber rings saved the floor from scarring. Made the ring bounce pretty well too. I think Harry made it from Flubber. ;) ;) ;)
 

MylesBAstor

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Hahahaha! Yes you could say that. Still it was just a glancing blow and I had shoes on. I can't forget seeing how the rubber rings saved the floor from scarring. Made the ring bounce pretty well too. I think Harry made it from Flubber. ;) ;) ;)
Excuse me. Shouldn't this be in the foot flattener thread :)
 

Lee

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I plan to try this as I have a slight edge warp on a MFSL Abbey Road and I don't have the VPI periphery ring yet for my Scoutmaster.
 

MylesBAstor

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I plan to try this as I have a slight edge warp on a MFSL Abbey Road and I don't have the VPI periphery ring yet for my Scoutmaster.
The biggest problem you'll find after getting the periphery clamp are records that aren't 12 inches in diameter and the clamp doesn't clamp :) Haven't found too many records like that, the majority being from Classic Records.
 

jadis

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Why don't you just own a turntable using a vacuum or mechanical clamping system. I don't have any issues with my VPI. And I'm sure no matter how well the flattener works, a clamp works better :)
The VPI screw down clamp and spindle felt is the best thing I have used for warped records. For slight to medium warpage it works flawlessly. For tsunami wave like warps, the periphery ring is the answer. I always wish other turntable makers would use a screw down clamp like the VPI does but so far I have not seen to many, or at all.
 

jadis

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As long as a record flattener will have to use heat in any sort of contraption, I believe there will be risks involved in deforming the record. Because one never can tell for sure how long to heat it. A friend had a Furutech, we tested around 5 to 6 records, 2 got absolutely deformed it cannot be even put on the platter. And the time to heat is even made more confusing by so many kinds of the thickness used in records. 120g, 180g, 200g, and the Furutech even warns people not to use the unit with LPs that do not have 'lip guard' on the outer edges - like Sheffield Lab LPs.
 

MylesBAstor

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As long as a record flattener will have to use heat in any sort of contraption, I believe there will be risks involved in deforming the record. Because one never can tell for sure how long to heat it. A friend had a Furutech, we tested around 5 to 6 records, 2 got absolutely deformed it cannot be even put on the platter. And the time to heat is even made more confusing by so many kinds of the thickness used in records. 120g, 180g, 200g, and the Furutech even warns people not to use the unit with LPs that do not have 'lip guard' on the outer edges - like Sheffield Lab LPs.
Sounds like cooking tapes :)
 

jadis

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http://s3.photobucket.com/albums/y57/WntrMute2/Mingus/

This is an example of the Vinyl Flat. The middle video was after 8 hours cook time and the final result is after a full 24 hours in the Vinyl Flat. The result's not perfect but plays easily. This is the only record I couldn't get perfectly flat.
That's a pretty good improvent, from the 1st to the 3rd video. And without groove deformation and outer diameter record deformation, that is quite fantastic.
 

andi

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Some of my buddies tried this device with mostly good results.
The "problem" is to get and hold (!) the right heat in the oven.

When solved, the results are quite amazing.

Andreas
 

WntrMute2

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Some of my buddies tried this device with mostly good results.
The "problem" is to get and hold (!) the right heat in the oven.

When solved, the results are quite amazing.

Andreas
They sell a pouch that solves that problem. Runs at about 125°-130°. Cook times are longer than the oven method be results are more predictable.