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I. Use 90% proof isopropyl alcohol, which can be bought at any drug store. Don’t get rubbing alcohol as it contains oil.
A. Fill a spray bottle with the isopropyl alcohol.
B. Spray alcohol on a soft washcloth or microfiber cloth.
II. View your record under a 100 watt desk lamp in an otherwise dark room to see the vinyl.
You don’t want any ambient light because it masks the true condition. Hold the record with one hand without touching the grooved surface and use your chest as the anchor.
III. Wipe the record and don’t be afraid to rub fairly hard to clean off fingerprints and smudges.
A. This works for vinyl LPs and 45s.
B. Don’t ever use alcohol on 78s, as they’re made from shellac. To clean 78s, use a damp soapy wash cloth, then rinse. Try to keep the water off the labels as much as possible. Stack in a dish rack to dry.
IV. What about record cleaning products?
A. Amoeba sells them and they’re fine, but not as thorough or as inexpensive as this method.
B. Record Washing Machines, such as the VPI, are definitely a step up, but are more for audiophiles. They are generally expensive, time consuming and cumbersome, but they do a better job of sucking dirt out of the grooves.
V. After cleaning, store your records in a plastic outer sleeve.
A. Regular sleeves are fine.
B. Japanese resealable mylar sleeves not only look great but they seal up. This protects your vinyl against one of its five natural enemies, which are:
2. Water – Resealable sleeves can protect against water
We’ve just acquired a choice collection of records from the New Jersey area to resell in our Hollywood store. On Saturday, June 13, we’ll be offering the first of these records for sale to the public, on sale at the Amoeba Hollywood stage.
There are some great classic records from all genres in this collection, and some obscure pieces as well. Coming to us from an iconic industry family, the collection includes well-kept original pressings, a substantial number of reggae and hip hop records, astounding test pressings, rare and import soundtracks, and one-of-a-kind items from major acts.
Check out a sneak preview of some of the pieces we’ll have for sale below:
So come down to Amoeba on Saturday, when we’ll be having our next Sidewalk Sale as well. Don’t miss out, as this collection will only be separately sold through Sunday.
Our next Sidewalk Sale at Amoeba Hollywood is Saturday, June 13 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. We'll have huge bargains on music, movies, books and much more just outside the store.
On June 13, we're featuring deals on the following:
DVDs for $3 each, or buy three get one free
DVD box sets at $7 each, or two for $10
Blu-rays at three for $12
45s at three for $1
Books and comics at three for $1
$1 clearance vinyl
Plus, it's the same as our East Coast Collection Sale, where we'll have rare LPs on sale in-store from a recently purchased collection from the New Jersey area. And we'll have Hubert's Lemonade on hand to quench your thirst. Come by early for the East Coast sale and stay for the Sidewalk Sale!
All sidewalk sale items are aggressively sale priced. Therefore, we do not accept store credits, gift certificates, coupons or other offered store sales for any sidewalk sale items. Additionally, we cannot offer customer holds or mail order. All sales are final.
Every Record Store Day at Amoeba SF proves to be bigger, better, and somehow even more fun than the previous year. RSD 2015 continued the trend with customers lining up as early as 1:45am to pick up exclusive releases from the likes of The White Stripes, Neko Case, David Bowie, Robert Plant, and so many more. Besides the chance to nab collectible releases, shoppers were also rewarded with a huge sale, a bag full of excellent giveaways with purchase, live screen printing of limited edition Amoeba RSD t-shirts with Free Gold Watch, and a full roster of DJs including Radiohead drummer Philip Selway!
Check out these photos (full set HERE) and our video of the action-packed day:
Live screen printing with Free Gold Watch.
Three original limited edition designs, screen printed live by Free Gold Watch.
DJ Bearzbub (Lone Star, SF Eagle)
DJ OkieOran (Teenage Dance Craze)
Philip Selway (Radiohead)
DJ Primo (Oldies Night)
Russell Quan (Teenage Dance Craze, The Mummies, Phantom Surfers)
DJ Boombostic (Francisco Artist Networking Talents)