How to Play a Record

How to Play a Record. Vinyl lives! Whether it's for old recordings or DJ mixing, here's how to set those platters up.

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Place a record on the turntable with the side you want to listen to facing up. If you're playing a 45 single, first insert the spacer, a round piece of plastic that fits the larger hole in the center of a single, in the center of the turntable.

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Turn on your turntable and receiver. If the receiver has a Selector button, press Phono.

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Select the revolution speed. For large records, use 33. For singles, use 45.

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Lift the phonograph arm and move it to the edge of the record.

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If the turntable doesn't start spinning automatically, look for the On switch and press it.

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With the record spinning, lower the needle very gently onto the dark-colored section at the edge of the record. The groove in the record will be wider there.

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Let go of the arm. The record should begin playing within a few seconds.