The sound performance of a vinyl playback system can be significantly improved when all unwanted resonances between the record and the platter can be reduced during playback. Enter record clamps and pucks; simple devices which are designed solely to ensure the record and platter surfaces are held together tightly.
Standard record pucks, that use only weight to achieve this aim, can have 2 disadvantages:
- The weight can induce higher levels of rumble, when used with lower cost turntables which have smaller main bearings
- Instead of tightening the records surface to the platter, heavy weight record pucks can cause the opposite to happen and potentially warp the vinyl record into a slight 'bowl' shape
Pro-Ject's Clamp-IT is one of the most competent solutions available. It is a stylish accessory with a clamp mechanism around the center spindle, that will not add weight but will press the record against the platter. The Clamp-IT also allows you to fine-adjust the pressure depending on the condition of your warped records.
Fitting of Pro-Ject's Clamp-IT is easily done, and once it's in place it won't only please your ears; because its beautifully machined diamond-cut edges will also stand out on any turntable!