Inner groove damage on used records - more common in the left channel?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by MikeP5877, Oct 31, 2011.

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  1. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I notice on a number of used albums and 45's, inner groove crackle is more prevalent in the left channel than the right. Is there are reason for this? I do not think it is my setup, as most of my records track good, in both channels.
     
  2. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

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    I would guess use of old heavy arms with no bias compensation.
     
  3. Adam9

    Adam9 Formerly jbohdan

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    Toronto, Canada
    I've actually noticed the opposite with a copy of a mono UK Revolver I used to have. The right channel had all of the distortion but when I turned the balance all of the way to the left it sounded fine.
     
  4. MikeyH

    MikeyH Stamper King

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    Berkeley, CA
    I don't think there's a favoring of one side of a groove over the other in normal wear or damage. However, if a stylus itself gets chipped then anything is fair game. If you have a reasonable system you notice this straight away, but back in the 60's or 70's who could tell. Or care much.
     
  5. Distortions

    Distortions Member

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    From what I remember, the left channel is the inner portion of the vinyl groove wall. If the previous owner of the album did not have his tt properly set-up, it would cause irreparable damage to the record.
     
  6. MikeP5877

    MikeP5877 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I think you're correct. That's what I'm finding, particularly on old 45's (oops, I mean 45s). On some, the right channel sounds pristine whilst the left is all crackly. The previous owners most likely didn't know about or care about anti-skate and probably had a too-high tracking force which put too much pressure on the inner part of the groove (left channel).
     
  7. etzeppy

    etzeppy Well-Known Member

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    Texas, US
    The right channel is the one that normally seems problematic to me.
     
  8. TLMusic

    TLMusic Musician & record collector

    That has been my experience as well.
     
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