How To Repair a Skipping Record

How To Repair a Skipping Record

Listening to a skipping record can be a frustrating experience for any music lover. A skipping record can not only ruin the listening experience, but it can also cause damage to both the needle and the record itself. In this blog post, we'll take a look at how to repair a skipping record so you can get back to enjoying your music.


Step 1: Clean the Record

The first step in repairing a skipping record is to clean it. Dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on the surface of the record and cause it to skip. Use a carbon fiber brush or a microfiber cleaning cloth to gently wipe the surface of the record. Be sure to clean the record before and after each use to prevent future skipping.


Step 2: Check the Needle

A dirty or worn-out needle can cause a record to skip. Check the needle on your turntable to see if it needs to be cleaned or replaced. If the needle is dirty or worn, it's best to replace it with a new one.


Step 3: Check the Turntable

A dirty or unlevel turntable can also cause a record to skip. Clean the turntable and check to see if it's level. Use a bubble level to check the turntable's levelness, adjust the legs if needed.


Step 4: Check the Tonearm

A misaligned tonearm can also cause a record to skip. Check to see if the tonearm is level and make any necessary adjustments.

Step 5: Inspect the Record for Damage

Inspect the record for any visible signs of damage such as scratches, warps or cracks. If the record is damaged, it may need to be replaced. If you are trying to fix a specific record which you have an emotional connection to, there are some album repair kits available in the market that can help.


Step 6: Play the Record Again

After you have followed all these steps and made the necessary adjustments, play the record again and see if it skips. If it still skips, it may be best to consult with a professional or reach out to the manufacturer for advice.


If you own a Victrola Suitcase Record player, a common reason why your records skip is due to the weight of your needle. If there's not enough weight, it can easily bounce up and it sounds the same as if you had a scratch on your vinyl. An easy fix that we have found that works well, is to attach a penny or dime to the top of the needle.


In conclusion, a skipping record can be a frustrating experience, but with a few simple steps, you can repair it and get back to enjoying your music. Keep in mind that regularly cleaning your records and your record player, inspecting and maintaining it and keeping it level can help prevent future skipping. Remember, sometimes a skipping record may be a sign of a deeper problem, if it persists and none of the solutions work, it's always better to get professional help.

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