The Different Types Of Old Records

The Different Types Of Old Records

Okay, let’s start with the basics. When dealing with records you will have to understand what RPM stands for. RPM means revolutions per minute and what that means is how many times a record spins around the record player in a minute. Okay, let’s move on. There are 78 RPM’s which rotate 78 times per minute around and these are the heaviest pieces of vinyl. They are smaller than 33 1/3 records but are significantly heavier in weight and many classical, jazz and blues records were made this way in the thirties up through the fifties. Next comes 33 1/3 or the 12″ which is the standard LP (also known as long player or full length album). These are the most popular record listening format and specialize in every genre from old to new music from original albums to reissues. Then there are 7″ records or 45 RPM’s. These types of records are formatted to hold one to two songs per side and are significantly smaller than the 12″. These were designed for singles or single playing songs which was the highlight of the LP featured on the 12″ record. There are also 10″ records that are either single playing or full length and something EP which stands for extended player (longer than a single but shorter than an album’s worth).

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