I am trying to identify the type and brand of floor tiles in my kitchen so I can replace a couple of them. Unfortunately, there is no box, no label and no brand identifier on them. I think they are vinyl tiles, in an off-white and black cover , with a cork backing and fit together with locking edges (see pics here
). Anybody have any ideas of the manufacturer or brand name?
posted by baggers
on Jun 14, 2014 -
I've decided I'm going to purchase a Rega RP1 because I so desperately miss having a turntable in the house. I need recommendations for a good, appropriately priced preamp. By appropriately priced I mean I think it'd be just as silly to put a $400 turntable on a $2000 preamp as it would be to put it on a $50 preamp. I would be interested in preamps in the $200 to $600 range I think. Oh, and it needs to have banana jack outputs.
posted by matt_od
on May 31, 2014 -
(1) What's a cheap just plain record player that can output via rca cables?
(2) Anyone know any good software or apps for doing that on a PC or mac?
Just figuring something might already exist to detect different tracks. [more inside]
posted by Twinedog
on May 23, 2014 -
What James 'Blood' Ulmer record has a photo on the back of him and his band wearing African attire and looking tough? My boyfriend wistfully mentioned having owned it and I'd love to pick up a copy for his birthday. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos
on Apr 21, 2014 -
So the hot water pipe leading to our kitchen sink in our house burst during the night and I came down to find our kitchen, bathroom & half our livng room under 2 inches of warm water. Now everything is tidied but the floor material - vinyl - is damp on the underside. What to do? Damp slushy snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ianso
on Mar 27, 2014 -
Our house has ugly, dirty, dented, hole-y vinyl siding. I hate it and want to replace it.
Problems: We live in a cheap neighborhood and don't want to overdo it, and we are short on cash. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE
on Mar 18, 2014 -
I'm taking a short road trip to Kansas City, MO: I'll be getting in on the evening of Feb 12th, and leaving on the morning of Feb 14th. I'm looking for suggestions for good places I could pick up used 45s, thrift stores (for clothes, old media, and general knick-knackery), and good restaurants that someone who's on a mostly-vegan/sometimes-vegetarian diet might enjoy. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo
on Feb 9, 2014 -
I have a leather computer desk chair that I got 2 years ago that I really like and they don't sell it anymore, it is very ergonomic. I have tried out other chairs and not found one as good. The leather has torn in several places and I need to reupholster it. I don't want to take it somewhere to be reupholstered becasue a) I don't have the money and B) I would have nothing to sit on while it is in the shop. The thing is I don't know anything about reupholstering , let alone what looks somewhat complicated due to all the panels, in it. I have made a video showing in detail the chair, and the problems with it. I will be very grateful to anyone who can help with with this. This is the video
posted by john123357
on Jan 27, 2014 -
I'm planning to store my belongings, including about a thousand vinyl LPs and 45s. Should I invest in a more expensive climate controlled unit to keep them from warping? [more inside]
posted by kensington314
on Jan 20, 2014 -
I'm wondering if anyone has picked up any of the recent Stereolab reissues from 1972
, and if so how do they sound? I'd like Emperor Tomato Ketchup and Mars Audiac Quintet on vinyl, but a previous reissue of Peng! by Too Pure was totally unlistenable, so I'd like some feedback before laying down my cash.
posted by The Card Cheat
on Nov 29, 2013 -
We live in a house with central heating. There are floor vents all around the place. It sounds awesome, but we haven't been willing to turn the heat on just yet because one of the vents is right under one of my record shelves. How can we have a hot room but not melt my hot tunes? [more inside]
posted by kendrak
on Oct 27, 2013 -
I have a blue Nintendo 3DS XL. Sailor Mercury has a blue flip-top Super Computer
. The difference (apart from magical powers) is a gold symbol decal
on the back. How can I get that onto mine? This is not for cosplay. It is for playing games in public and feeling supremely cool. [more inside]
posted by Mizu
on Oct 25, 2013 -
I'd like to invite a bunch of my music-loving friends over to bring, listen to, talk about, and trade music. My idea is to set up stations in different rooms in my house that people can use to introduce people to music they like, with the option of dubbing/downloading/otherwise sharing. [more inside]
posted by Rykey
on Oct 17, 2013 -
Asking for a friend who's planning to press some old recordings to vinyl. He knows that album sides can range from 15-25 (even 30) minutes, but he wants to know what the optimum is. In other words, at what point does overall sound quality suffer and/or production challenges start to occur? [more inside]
posted by philip-random
on Oct 4, 2013 -
I'm in Beirut, looking for some specific old recordings (1910s through 1950s). Does anyone know of a record shop or other location to look for old vinyl (Baidaphon, Arabphon, Maloof, etc...)?
posted by onthegreyriver
on Aug 5, 2013 -
My awesome father in law has amassed a huge collection of 45 records. He would really like a dedicated 45 player (so he can play them without using a converter). His birthday is coming up in a couple weeks. How can I find him a player that works, and how much should I expect to pay for it?
posted by wearyaswater
on Jul 16, 2013 -
What device do I get to connect from preamp out to Mac via USB for better sound quality in converting cassettes and vinyl to digital media using my existing stereo and existing Mac mini? I don't want or need to buy a new sound system or computer. [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke
on Apr 25, 2013 -
I bought a turntable and the sound is a disaster. I think I should just buy a new stylus but is there anything else obvious I might try first? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c
on Feb 24, 2013 -
I think it's possible to put digital music onto vinyl albums at home with some device I saw advertised somewhere. But will doing this produce an anologue sound or a digital sound? Will it sound as rich as if the album had originally been on vinyl or will it sound emptier the way digital music does? I guess I'm basically asking if it's worth doing. I don't know technical stuff about stuff, so I hope my question makes sense!
posted by windykites
on Feb 16, 2013 -
I have a very clear memory of part of an interview in the film Hype!
wherein a member of.. some band.. I can't remember. And frankly, my mind might be fabricating this whole memory for want of such a thing to exist.. but he was talking about pressing vinyl LP's at home, recording them OVER other records that were bought from a store. Then taking the sleeves and pasting new art over the old.. I remember a clip where he seems to operating some sort of home version of a vinyl lathe. The record looking smooth and blank up until the point of the needle, where you see grooves being made as the record spins past.Then taking the sleeves and pasting new art over the old.. I remember a clip where he seems to operating some sort of home version of a vinyl lathe. The record looking smooth and blank up until the point of the needle, where you see grooves being made as the record spins past..
posted by mediocre
on Feb 15, 2013 -
Having spent years spent listening primarily to MP3s and Internet radio, we've been thinking about taking the big, clunky, 90s-era stereo components off of our living room shelves. However, one of those components is a turntable, and we'd like to have the option of occasionally playing our vinyl. We were thinking of a retro-styled portable turntable like this Crosley
, but it looks like the non-weighted tonearm and styli aren't so hot. Are there any portable, suitcase-style turntables out there with decent tonearms that we can fit with a good cartridge? Our primary concern is that our records stay in good condition.
posted by eschatfische
on Feb 15, 2013 -
I'm trying to find the name of a dinosaur record that I listened to endlessly as a kid in 1980 or so. It was a 2-record set, I recall the covers (or the records?) being one red and one green. Songs and maybe some narrated info on various dinosaurs. I'm nearly certain it wasn't The Dinosaur Record
Anyone here happen to remember it? And if not, anyone with a tip on a shop that specializes in long-ago children's music that might be able to help me identify it?
posted by genug
on Feb 7, 2013 -
I'm moving in March and have decided I would like to put together a nice, high-quality sound setup on the cheap based around a Class-T Amp. On a whim I picked up this one
for $16 and am now looking for advice on the other equipment. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy
on Jan 21, 2013 -
I need to rent or purchase a reasonably priced record lathe to cut short run vinyl LPs. Advice/contact info needed. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance
on Nov 30, 2012 -
My computer is connected via HDMI to the flatscreen TV in my living room. There has to be a better way to listen to my music than through TV speakers. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic
on Nov 15, 2012 -
How did leather, latex, and vinyl get to be the most popular and celebrated materials in the kink/BDSM world - as opposed to say velvet, silk, organza, lace, muslin? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Sep 25, 2012 -
I've been commissioned to paint a mural on some sort of material that will be 20'x20' and will be displayed outdoors. What material would be most receptive to paint, flexible and long-lasting? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Aug 8, 2012 -
I have 100s of old vinyl records left by my wife's grandparents. Where can I get them appraised (hopefully for free or a nominal fee)? [more inside]
posted by schleppo
on Aug 3, 2012 -
Best practices for burning vinyl to digital on an Ion Turntable? [more inside]
posted by Miko
on Apr 23, 2012 -
Can anyone recommend me a budget hi-fi system that can play vinyl? I am in the UK and have about £300 max to spend. [more inside]
posted by Pilly
on Nov 29, 2011 -
Help me organize hundreds -- if not thousands -- of vinyl and CD albums dating back to the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by lobbyist
on Oct 12, 2011 -
Help me identify this hippy album from my youth from a vague recollection of the inside cover only. [more inside]
posted by Jofus
on Aug 16, 2011 -
At which shops in San Francisco can I find recycled billboard vinyl bags and accessories?
posted by j03
on Jun 16, 2011 -