The Audio Guru: What To Do About Scratched Records?

Vinylmnky's latest service to our Tribe is partnering up with Barry Thornton, an Audio guru to answer all of your hardware, vinyl, and audio questions - further enlightening us on how your music listening experience works and can get even better!

Barry Thornton, owner of, is an experienced audiophile who has designed over 70 hi-fi products, taught psycho-acoustics, designed recording studios and performance venues, recorded records, has 30+ patents, has always been in love with vinyl, and always searching for the eargasm - that moment when the music comes alive. Barry has a long list of credits that you can find on his website, but most importantly he has lived and helped define the hi-fi era.

The latest question answered by the Audio Guru is:

What can I do about the scratches on my vinyl records?

Well… nothing, there is not much you can do. The stylus and the cartridge have no way of telling of telling the difference between a scratch and an intended modulated groove of information. It is quiet unfortunate; the only solution you have to dealing with a scratched record is to… throw the record away. Or some people like to heat them up in an oven and make ash trays out of them.

Thank you. Bye bye!

Barry is here to help the Tribe bolster their listening experience in small, simple, and fun bites. Go ahead, give him your best.

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