We also offer a Vinyl Flattening Service for records that are warped or misshaped. We use dedicated Japanese Machines designed by ORB Japan and marketed by Orb, Furutech and Air Tight. While largely very successful, vinyl flattening is a mysterious art and some records require treatment over and above what other records require. Broadly, U.S. manufactured vinyl LP records that have become warped through poor storage or from tight shrink wrapping (when new) can be a challenge and require special treatment to achieve a satisfactory degree of flatness.
In this regard, we would strongly recommend the use of a clamp on your turntable. Records manufactured by GZ Vinyl in the Czech Republic between the years 2008-2010 may not be suitable for the flattening process due to what may have been a deviation or departure from standard vinyl formulations used in vinyl LPs manufactured there. A prime example of this is the 2LP Anniversary Edition of U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ released in 2008 or any other U2 LPs released around the years in question. Unfortunately, this excludes some of the Universal Music catalogue from that period from our vinyl flattening service. We have found no issues with any other vinyl formulation and since 2005 we have successfully flattened hundreds of vinyl LPs manufactured in Japan, U.K., Germany, Holland, France, Spain, U.S.A., Canada and Ireland etc. by numerous major and independent record labels!
We can offer you advice on how to resolve your eccentric or off-centre vinyl records due to poorly centred spindle holes. Eccentric LPs are LPs where the spindle hole is not correctly centred and this causes your arm/cartridge to weave in an in and out motion while the record revolves on your turntable. In the worst cases, it can cause pitch problems and degrade the listening experience. It is not doing your cartridge and stylus much good either! We have a leaflet available and a tool to help you resolve this common problem. Again we have experience ‘in the field’ at correcting this rather annoying problem on vinyl records.
We cannot guarantee that every warped vinyl LP can be corrected using either the ORB DF-01 or DF-03 Disc Flatteners. Warps that have been caused by exposure to heat or result from serious manufacturing errors are not reversible and cannot be resolved. We will however try to flatten any suitable LP for you and if we are unsuccessful, we will charge a flat charge of €10 only based on time spent and electricity used. The process will, of necessity, have involved multiple cycles.