I’ve just been sent some new Reloop Green Concorde carts (thanks Nicole!). Now as any DJ who has used vinyl can tell you, needles need breaking in (especially Ortofon) so that they can stick to the groove and importantly reduce record wear. But in breaking these new carts in, I was reminded of one of the reasons why vinyl is stomach-churningly awful. And its name is handruff.
It’s very easy to explain — you might like to think that your hands are clean when you DJ. But unless you’ve just scrubbed your hands to sterility surgery prep style, then they’re not. And when you put your dirty hands on your already dirty vinyl, and grind your dirty fingertips into the microscopic grater-like grooves, you essentially create a truly disgusting environment where little bits of skin gather and build, along with all manner of pestilence. Just imagine what’s happening in your mouth when you repeatedly lick your fingers too. I think I just did a little bit of sick in my mouth.
Granted, this is likely to be a side effect that turntablists more than anyone else have to deal with, but it just goes to show that the hidden grimy world of DJing is right beneath your fingertips. Now go wash your hands you filthy animals.
What this has prompted me to do is to dig out a record cleaning kit that I was sent some time ago, and relay my findings in the next few weeks. I’ve got some pretty rank vinyl that has lingered in some musty environments for far too long.
But what about you lot? What do you do to clean your records? Have any of you tried the wood glue trick?