How does your 200X played record sound? That would be your best indicator.
Grimace (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
It depends a lot on the quality of the vinyl. I have records that are very well played that sound much better than some newer copies of the same recording.
Rwwear (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I would 'guess' playing a clean copy with reasonable equipment could be played several thousand times.
It does take only one play to destroy a record with a chipped diamond, or a severly worn one.
The real problem with used LPs is the possibility of some idiot as the prior owner, using a dull chisel 15 gram worn out stylus on a 1950's console... (I have watched folks with portable players looking for 'sampling' at record shows... the junk they use totally ruins the record they are listening to!! you can see right where they started and stopped playing!!)
Elizabeth (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
I operate under the assumption that I'll grow tired of listening to a certain record *long* before I wear it out.
Sinisterporpoise68 (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
How does one define "wear out"? With every play, record/arm drop, etc., comes another pop, click, etc. When these noises become too much for the owner, the record is done. Too light tracking/ bent stylus, will damage it. I, myself have never thrown out a record...no - I just remembered - I got mad at myself for dropping a brand new Mobil Fidelity something and threw it out in a fit of pique.
Stringreen (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
A record played with a correctly aligned tonearm and good stylus should outlive you.
I have hundreds, perhaps over a thousand records, from the 60's alone with well over 2000 (some many more) playings that sound pristine today. No clicks, no pops, no noise.
Keep your vinyl clean and your equipment aligned.
AudioFeil International (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
AudioFeil is right on. I have been in this hobby for 27 years and all but several of my LPs are fine. Keep the LPs clean and tone arm and cartridge properly aligned including tracking force. The several LPs that I do not consider fine I cannot explain what happened. It was not from playing them. The first thing I do after buying an LP is clean it. I have a Nitty Gritty. I use First then wash it then rince then treat it with Last.
Saygrr (Threads | Answers | This Thread)
AudioFeil said it well. A properly aligned cart with the correct tracking force is the the key. The LP should outlive us! As Elizabeth said, play it once on a broken stylus, with improper alignment and VTF be prepared to hear distortion and the end of a clean record.
Yagbol2 (Threads | Answers | This Thread)