Flatten Your Warped Records
The Record Store is proud to offer a vinyl de-warping service.
We use the custom-made "ORB DISC FLATTER" which was especially imported from Japan.
Operating under the same principle as the old 'two panes of glass in the sun' routine, the DISC FLATTER indirectly heats the platter for two hours and then allows it to cool for another two hours. All the while an even pressure is supplied by the weighted canopy of the device. This ensures an even and constant temperature with no risk of further damage to your beloved vinyl.
- Cost = $10 / Disc
- Duration = 4 hours.
We can fix warps, dishes and twists. We cannot un-melt your vinyl.
A 'warped' record usually looks dished or twisted, as in the the whole record has flexed slightly. In this case the record is still circular, so when we flatten it, it remains circular. It is topographically intact, and the vinyl molecules have not moved in relation to themselves internally. Very usually symmetrical.
When a section of the record is melted, your record is no longer a circle because the vinyl has actually flowed , so when we flatten it, that section - grooves included - spread/bulges out, distorting the grooves and, more often than not kicking the needle out of the groove. You can usually hear a melt, and the melted vinyl usually has different sheen.
It is often easy to to tell the difference between a warp and a melt, but sometimes it is not. We do our best to determine before-hand if it is worth trying and will inform you if we think it's not worth it, but you do embark upon this procedure at your own risk.
Contact us for more info.