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UMG Repressings - Any News

GDB2LV

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I see several posts about the box set.
I finally decided to contact UMG about my set that I’ve written about before. Really bad loud popping on several tracks, static on several 1st tracks on both sides, pressings off center so they sound like they had to much fun before recording, and center holes too small to fit on the spindle. So tight I fear they would crack trying to get them off the platter. I was amazed that customer service replied this morning to give their apologies and that they would replace all the vinyl. To not throw away or destroy the box or covers. They were only sending new vinyl. Then the shipping department in Woodland, Ca. Emailed me with similar apologies and to verify my shipping address. Fingers crossed that these are new pressings. On the few cuts on each album that were perfect, the sound is amazing. So clean and clear. I use a Shure V15 Type IV cartridge and a brand new Audio Technica dj turntable. I miss my Technics turntable. It developed runaway turntable syndrome last year. Ask Rudy about that one! An older Yamaha receiver with 6.1 surround sound with rear and front center speakers. They don’t do that anymore. I like what the rear channel does though. 10 speakers total and 1 subwoofer. 125/w channel. In a condo. lol. So I can’t blast it too often, but it sounds like Karen is in the room sometimes. Especially the Singles 1969-81 SACD and the quad lp’s.
 

Rudy

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I miss my Technics turntable. It developed runaway turntable syndrome last year. Ask Rudy about that one!
You rang? :D It probably was repairable. Or at any rate, if it's one of the older models, it still would be worth something. A bit of a hassle to get it fixed though, as you'd probably have had to ship it somewhere.

As for the set...I'm wondering about the individual albums. I want to buy just a few but, heck if I know if the copies I would be buying would be the repressings, or older stock from the first run. I likely would buy them only from Amazon, since I don't know if other sellers would be aware of the difference. For kicks, I threw Horizon into the ultrasonic cleaner today and it improved somewhat, but it's still off-center.
 

GDB2LV

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I still have the turntable and am using the head from the Technics with the Shure cartridge on my better vinyl. It can be repaired, needs new belts I think. It’s the one all the djs wanted to buy from me at the record store to use for scratching. It has a neutral setting between 45 & 33. Plus a +/- control dial. It was playing at around 140rpms or more, then slowed down to normal, then sped back up. It was kind of funny but I’m sure not good for the records or the expensive diamond cartridge. I’ll post my experience with the new vinyl they send me. My Horizon is pressed off center too. It sounds like they had a few bottles of fine wine before recording. One side of Lovelines is almost flawless and the sound is so rich, quiet, pure and amazing. For $171.00 I expected better. So disappointed. I am glad I don’t have to destroy the covers or box now, and the bad vinyl not sure what I’ll do with them. Maybe chip and salsa bowls? Skeet shooting, frisbee, or a Carpenters mobile would be cool. Any other fun uses?
 

Murray

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I am glad I don’t have to destroy the covers or box now, and the bad vinyl not sure what I’ll do with them. Maybe chip and salsa bowls? Skeet shooting, frisbee, or a Carpenters mobile would be cool. Any other fun uses?
I'd make a wall clock with one of them.

 

GDB2LV

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That’s kind of funny. I used to have one with a Touch Me When We’re Dancing picture sleeve in the frame. I used to get teased about it. A friend made it for me. The clock wore out, cheap parts, so I no longer have it. It lasted about 25 years though. Good idea. Thanks.
 

Rudy

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I haven't had a chance to skim over the video (music's too loud here tonight :laugh: ), but I'm betting the Technics issue could be dirty potentiometers for the speed control, or bad capacitors. (Electrolytic capacitors go bad after a couple of decades--these capacitors are a chemical type that degrade over time. And sadly they are one of the most common types in use.

@KentTeffeteller is the expert about the models and their quirks--he'll check in soon I'm sure.
 

GDB2LV

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Thanks for the video tutorial. I have get it out of storage and see if I can do that. I miss the auto return function a lot.
 

GDB2LV

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It’s a SL-5200 direct drive model that has developed runaway turntable syndrome. There are a lot of people that report the same problem on line with a multitude of fixes. It’s a great vintage turntable, but the new one is all pristine and no scratches on the dust cover that actually works when i life it up. The hinges of the old one are broken. It served me and the store well with thousands of records played on it for over 40 years. If I win the lotto I’ll buy one of those futuristic models Rudy tested out at the high tech equipment show last month. That very hi-tech turntable was amazing.
 
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Rudy

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If I win the lotto I’ll buy one of those futuristic models Rudy tested out at the high tech equipment show last month. That very hi-tech turntable was amazing.
There aren't too many budget TTs at the shows, but an entry level model from the likes of Music Hall and a couple of others wouldn't set a person back too much.

It's more interesting when you compare prices based on what a 70s or 80s component costs in terms of 2019 dollars. A turntable we may have bought for $150-$200 back in the early 80s would have cost $400-$500 in today's dollars.
 
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