VinylFlat and GroovyPouch leaves me flat- and that’s a good thing.

And away we go with this stubborn warp in this Ritual Tension album. It’s a difficult warp- it affects a very narrow band on the record (about 1/4th, and to be honest more like 1/8th of the record), and is pretty stubborn.
 

JP

Junior Member
That's the fastest shipping I've ever seen. Order confirmation to tracking number in two hours, and in FedEx' hands 2.5 after that.
 
That's the fastest shipping I've ever seen. Order confirmation to tracking number in two hours, and in FedEx' hands 2.5 after that.
Oh- congratulations!

I look forward to your feedback with using it.

This last record is the only one putting up a real fight. The VinylFlat I’m sure will prove victorious though.
 
So the Ritual Tension record took a few 150 degrees at three hour intervals on top of earlier sessions but now is almost perfectly flat. I’m sure one more pass and it would be flat as planet earth (joking) but its nominal telltale warp remaining is dramatically reduced to barely noticeable.

So I’m trying to recall if it was six or seven passes to wrestle this one into submission. Most seem to take two or three passes.

I’m going to call it another screaming success.
 
So, five 3-ish hour rounds with the John Peel/Billy Bragg album and it’s way better than acceptable for playing. Nice and flat with just a rise in the run-in groove, which on this album is exceptionally large at 5/8th of an inch but doesn’t affect play. I think one, perhaps two more rounds and it will be completely flat and indistinguishable from perfect.
 

JP

Junior Member
@Deli what are your pouch temps? Mine empty is running 105/115/130 L/M/H. Seems a little on the low side.
 
@Deli what are your pouch temps? Mine empty is running 105/115/130 L/M/H. Seems a little on the low side.
Yeah- mine runs low setting 120, medium setting 150. I didn’t try the high setting. I believe the directions say start with 130 and experiment- my best results are using the 120 and 150 setting multiple times. The plates get a bit toasty at 150 but still able to be handled. 120 is to me equivalent of a hot but comfortable shower.

Your pouch seems to be running on the cool side.
 

JP

Junior Member
Yes, I'd read 130 is the starting point. I've no idea if not being able to go higher would be problematic or not.
 
So all of my significantly to severely warped records are now either perfectly flat, or flat enough to not be a concern. If I want to get picky, a round or two through the VinylFlat would surely have any remnant of a waver flattened out and indistinguishable from it’s former warped state.

As I play records I’m sure I’ll find a few that I missed or were mild enough for me to not to consider an issue, and will need some gentle persuasion to get into ideal form.

And over time I know there will be new pressings or used discs that come into the house that will need the VinylFlat treatment. So I’m glad to have it in my toolbox.

I’ve used this on new and old vinyl, colored opaque vinyl, clear or translucent colored vinyl, and no issues. While VinylFlat makes no promises, they give you pretty good odds that most, and perhaps all of your warped records can be salvaged and play as new.
 
Yes, I'd read 130 is the starting point. I've no idea if not being able to go higher would be problematic or not.
Well I’m doing mine at either 120 or 150. I’d likely be concerned at flattening anything over 150-160, but I am happy I have the 120-150 options. The felt rings seem to insulate the record from excessive heat during the process, preventing the vinyl from cooking.
 

Punker X

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With the Vinyl Flat in the Groovy Pouch. I get just under 120 on low just under 130 on medium and just under 140 on High. Received new Lady Blackbird LP with a slight warp. 3 hours on high worked great.
 
With the Vinyl Flat in the Groovy Pouch. I get just under 120 on low just under 130 on medium and just under 140 on High. Received new Lady Blackbird LP with a slight warp. 3 hours on high worked great.
Those are excellent numbers- you hit the GroovyPouch jackpot.

Glad the unit worked a charm for you. I’m thinking 120 to 150 might be the ideal range for sorting these records out proper.

I went through the worst of the lot- unplayable or uncomfortably playable at best- and now they are all playable without worry or concern.
 
Here I had 150 envy and was going to write Vinyl Flat thinking something was wrong.
Well I believe they say start with 130 so maybe some flexibility up and down is ideal there- 120 for longer stretches, 140 (or in my case 150) for shorter stretches, and maybe 130 a perfect medium.

150 gets a bit toasty and while working well for me at 2-3 hour sessions, I’m nervous to go to 4 hours, and nervous to go to the high setting.

And for all I know, maybe something like 4 hours at 120 is the safest.

Anyhow, the Sunbeam-made pad does the job fine but I’m sure the reason there’s the included thermometer is to compensate for Sunbeam’s manufacturing variances. It would be nice for Sunbeam to have more consistency.
 
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