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I did an interesting experiment...

I use a record doctor vacuum. Takes about 4 minutes for both sides of an LP.

I will be using a Music Hall MMF 7.1 table, Grado cartridge.

re. sampling rate. Quality of recording/mastering trumps sampling rate. I marginal recording/mastering cannot be improved by higher sample rate, but given good recording and mastering, 24x96 or more beats 16x44.1 in my experience. I will be using a KORG MR-1 recording at 24x96 at least. Might as well since the unit can record up to 24x192 or DSD 64 if I want.

I did one interesting test years ago when experimenting with dubbing LPs to reel-to-reel.

I was using a high end SS control preamp at the time. Considered one of the best pro units. I dropped the needle on the LP, started the reel to reel recording, and started spinning the LP.

After a few seconds to allow the needle to get into the music grooves, I pulled the plug ONLY on the turntable - I left everything else powered up AND the reel to reel still recording.

Then I walked around the room, clapping, speaking softly and loudly, shouting, singing, etc., while the reel to reel was still recording but the needle was sitting motionless in the record groove.

Stopped recording, then rewind, and started tape playback.

Guess what? Except for the normal level speech, I could hear almost every noise I had made while the needle was sitting dead still in the groove!

Shouting, clapping, singing, could hear it all!

Turntable was a Music Hall MMF 7.1 with Grado cartridge.

Pretty interesting experiment. Talk about microphonics. So now I know: Headphones only for monitoring when recording LPs.

And for normal listening with turntable in same room as speakers, there is likely to be audible microphonics...

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