ld wrote:At risk of demonstrating nerdness, there's a reason the noise sounds like bacon frying, fires crackling etc etc. It's governed by the same natural law 'flicker law'. Look it up whilst cooking a bacon butty on an open fire, watching the flame, listening to a crackly album, watching a star twinkle etc etc
Records so badly damaged that they crackle and pop very badly are just intolerable to listen to. I just cannot do it.
Virtually all of my records are in great shape still from the 70s until now. I attribute that mostly to stylus changes and using the old fashioned Discwasher which kept very harmful dust out of the grooves.
I never could understand how one can have more than a very small handful of records with scratches all over them. I mean accidents happen, you drop a record and it hits the corner of the turntable etc. Some people have records that look like they were used for skipping off the floor like a frisbee.
I have a Best Of Deep Purple lp that I own and acquired for free recently just because the track Black Night is the only one not screwed up. When that track is done the record comes off the turntable.
Not good for my ears and not good for the stylus.