Way back, decades ago, I used to have a pretty big vinyl collection, which at the time consisted of a lot of Rockabilly and swing.  Many cross-country moves later, I have no turntable, and only a few albums.  But this week I got myself a new suitcase Victrola, just to start getting back into things again until I get room to get a better setup.

It’s not great, but it’s cute and gets the job done.  And it was cheap.  Which is a shame honestly, because Victrola used to be the brand you went for.

So I’m going through my records today, since I finally can. Here’s the (sometimes literal) damage:

Lovin’ Spoonful skips like crazy. Damn. I was really excited about this one. I’m gonna have to give it a real good clean and see if that fixes it, but when it skips on the lead-in, my hopes are low.

The Sound of Silence was also skipping really badly, which is odd because I could not see a single thing wrong with this record.  I realised that the stylus arm does not actually go all the way down.  Oh no!  Luckily, it’s got a 45 adapter, which can also be used to raise the record up high enough to be reached.  It slips a bit when used like this, but nothing a small amount of tape didn’t fix.  Kind of annoying that it’s got problems out of the box like this, but it’s not a large enough problem to be worth sending back at the end of the day.  But I got everything put together and now it sounds great.

So I tried the Lovin’ Spoonful again, and lo!  Most of the issues vanished.  Yay!  That album is so warped you can see it wiggling around and no wonder it skipped to all hell.  It still kind of skips like hell and is getting a good cleaning, but it’s not utterly unplayable now, which gives me more hope.

But hey, it’s a start.

I went onto what is no contest the strangest album I own.  Bongos, Bass, and Bob.  This is how rare this album is.  It doesn’t even have a cover.  Just a plain sleeve with some stuff stamped on.  Both sides are B-sides, because idk.  But it sounds really good.  There’s a weird skip on one of the tracks, but otherwise because of it being incredibly lo-fi, it’s tough to tell what’s an issue with the record, and what’s just part of the recording.  I still love this one though.  It’s so goofy.

Onto Chicago, and I’m not sure what is going on with this.  The entire A side skips, but I can’t see anything that would cause it.  It probably just needs a good cleaning, because the B side is perfect.  Though it is also a bit warped, so maybe that’s part of the problem.  It doesn’t look so warped that it should make that big of an impact though.  It’s nowhere near the same level that the Lovin’ Spoonful was so idk.

Boston was next, and jeez you can really tell how long I’ve been carting some of these around.  But I think despite the sleeve’s appearance, this one is in the best condition yet.  Almost no warp to the record, and aside from one tiny little skip, it sounds great.  And this whole album’s a banger, so I’m glad.  Can’t wait to get it on a proper sound system.