Vinyl Treasures: Amazing Items That Prove Records Aren't Dead

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As you’re doubtless aware the last few years have seen vinyl records perform the greatest last-minute comeback since Foreman versus Ali.

With vinyl sales now back at early levels – and continuing to soar – an entire industry has grown around our burgeoning desire to display, organise and maintain our lovingly curated collections.

And just as vinyl-chasing inevitably starts out as a casual hobby before steadily descending into a helpless addiction, so too does the pursuit of record-related accessories.

So don’t blame us if the list of amazing vinyl accessories below sends you into a frenzy of bidding, item-watching and Buy It Now-ing...
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DJ Slipmats

Many audiophiles swear by cork platter mats as the best option for reducing static, dampening vibrations and lowering friction – but its hard to resist a felt DJ slipmat.

They invariably have a winningly gaudy design on them, and – bonus! – they allow you to safely scr-scr-scratch your records like it's 1983 and you're DJing at a Brooklyn block party.
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45 Adaptor

If you collect seven-inch singles, you'll know that a 45 adaptor is a must-own – given that many 45rpm records have their centres missing, thanks to being stacked in old jukeboxes.

You can pick up standard issue plastic adaptors for 99p – or you can spend a couple more quid and get something really cool, like this bespoke Welsh dragon design.
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Book Stand

To avoid having to answer the question,“What’s this playing now, mate?” 300 times a day, record shops often use a book stand to display the sleeve of the record that’s currently spinning.

Do this at home and not only will you never again lose track of where you put the flippin’ album sleeve, you’ll also be able to admire it as the music plays.

Beats a titchy jpeg on a laptop screen any day.
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Stylus Force Tracking Gauge

A stylus force tracking gauge allows you to adjust your record player's tonearm so that it applies exactly the right amount of pressure onto your vinyl.

That may sound like the kind of minor detail only an obsessive audiophile could care about, but if the pressure is too light then the sound will be weak and the needle will skip; too much pressure and the sound distorts and your records get damaged. Yikes.
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Spin-Clean Record Washer System

If you regularly buy second-hand vinyl you'll know that not every record out there has been lovingly looked after, and that some purchases require a little TLC before you can take them for a spin.

The Spin-Clean Record Washer System has been around for more than 40 years and remains the gold standard when it comes to getting encrusted Marmite off of Fleetwood Mac LPs.
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Vinyl Shelving

Once your vinyl collection reaches a certain size, it's going to need its own dedicated shelving.

Not only to keep it organised, but also – and far more importantly – so that you can show it off to cooing visitors.
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Vinyl Crate

...And you once your collection inevitably outgrows the shelves you purchased for it, it's time to start expanding it out into crates.

Congratulations, you are now a full-blown vinyl addict and there is no turning back from this point.  
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Portable Record Player

When working your way through endless expanses of vinyl at a record swap meet or dusty second-hand shop, a battery-powered portable record player can be invaluable. 
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DJ Decks Stand

If you're of a ravey persuasion and using your records for mixing purposes, a proper DJ-friendly decks stand is a must.

With everything in its place – and within easy reach – you can smoothly switch from bangin' choon to bangin' choon and keep that imaginary crowd moving all night long.
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Technics SL-1200MK2

There are more technologically advanced turntables, there are more chicly designed turntables, but there's no turntable more coolly iconic that the Technics SL-1200MK2.

Discontinued in 2010, the classic deck returns later this year as the SL-1200G – albeit with a price tag more than six times that of the original.

If three grand is a teensy bit spicy for you, there are always plenty of SL-1200MK2s available on eBay – and if you ever choose to re-sell yours, you'll find they hold their value astonishingly well.
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