Leave the turntable running?


Hello all, I am brand new to the world of vinyl - just bought a Rega RP1 and Brio-R on Friday. In the RP1 'Hints, Tips and Upgrades' sheet, it states:

'Leave the turntable running during a record playing session. Switch on before the session and only switch off after you have finished. This will increase the life of the motor and drive belt.'

Does this mean leaving the platter turning while 'flipping' and/or taking an LP on/off the table???

Thanks in advance for any advice/clarification!
jh2os
Yes,but holes are not uniform,you dont want to be tugging
on a record while platter turning.
I do it all the time. No problems. YMMV.
Yes it means being able to grab the record edges and lifting it in one smooth motion.The Rega, using a glass platter and a felt mat, makes this easy. (the only flaw is if the Lp is really static'y, then the felt mat sticks to the LP. bummer)
It takes a bit of practice, but is actually easy on the Rega. as the LP hangs over the edge of the platter slightly.
IF you cannot get the hang of doing the moving Lp snatch, then do not worry about turning the TT off and on.
I owne a Rega P5.
The moving Lp snatch is harder to accomplish on my Kuzma, where the platter is wider than the LP...
Thanks for the responses!

I've been able to do this with relative ease and I'm sure with practice it will come even easier. I just wanted to be sure I shouldn't be picking it up while the platter is spinning! I do have a Black Joe Lewis 8" EP that was a bit more difficult.

Elizabeth - I listened to the P5 on Friday as well.....when budget allows, that WILL BE my next step up!
I suggest those with VPI tables with center weight and outer ring to position these with the table not running.
I have my table placed so that I can run around it at 33 RPM so the record remaind stationary relative to me; this makes changing much easier. Seriously, this sounds totally unnecessary to me and this is the first time I have ever heard of the idea.
Instead of Dan_ed's 'I do it all the time' I deed this all
the time with my (then) Lp-12. After some practice it is 'a piece of cake'. The reason: all those small motors need some help.

Regards,
I run Michell Gyro SE on while listening and swapping records. I do not leave it running for long time unplayed or overnight.
I thought everyone popped the record off to switch albums or sides. I turn it on when I start to play it and I turn it off when I shut the system down.
08-15-11: Stanwal
This sounds totally unnecessary to me and this is the first time I have ever heard of the idea.
Same here, on both counts. And it seems to me that during the process of lifting the record there could be an instant of time when part of the circumference of the hole of the stationary record would press against the rotating spindle, momentarily increasing the strain on the motor. And I would be concerned, also, that having a rotating platter momentarily sliding against a stationary record would not do the record surface any good.

In my case, btw, I use a record clamp, so I have no choice in the matter.

Regards,
-- Al
On and off to play and flip, no need to worry about the motor being turned on/off, risk damaging the record or fumbling with the clamp while the platter is turning; well designed motors don't need to be worried about in this regard. I really do think we overdo it a bit with our fear of equipment failure/wear-avoidance issues here folks.
I do leave my LP12 on while flipping but as a reminder if you do turn it off. Give the platter a spin to get it going when you turn it back on to save the belt.
My Rega P3-24 starts spinning at the beginning of a listening session, and gets shut off when I'm all done. LP's get flipped over and changed with the platter spinning.....easy and no problems. Enjoy your vinyl, and Happy Listening.
Stanwal, Almarg;

Agreed.

Best,

Dave
OK, guys- get a grip.
Adam18
My Rega P3-24 starts spinning at the beginning of a listening session, and gets shut off when I'm all done. LP's get flipped over and changed with the platter spinning.....easy and no problems. Enjoy your vinyl, and Happy Listening.
My approach exactly. I have a Rega now. I had a LP12 for 25 years and did the same.
Just be wary of 'dragging' the lp as you remove it with the platter turning. You can cause scuff marks and even add some noise if the platter or lp have any dirt on them. Mind you, I also leave the platter running for the whole session.
I use an outer ring and center weight. No way am I removing the outer ring while the platter is spinning. I use the off option for flips and sleep very well at night...table: Clearaudio Innovation Compact. :-)
We now have the devisive camps of "Leave it spin" and "Stop and start every time" clearly marking the lines in the sand.
The battle commences...
I like the made up arguements of why one should stop it each time.. "The record may get scuffed.."
I have pulled thousands of LPs off with the platter moving and I guarantee, the Lp does NOT get scuffed unless you drop it!(Or you keep your platter/LP interface covered in coarse sand for some reason?)
On the other side, I can see where a ring weight would require stopping the platter to place!
Of the three TTs I own, two I just leave running, per the makers suggestions, the third, a semiauto, shuts ITSELF off every end of LP, so no choice there, It also has auto drop, and takes a few seconds to get going and drop. (Allows one to get seated, before the Lp starts... Dual Golden One TT)
sadly it is not a 'made up argument' that records can get scuffed when being removed from a spinning platter. It might not have happened to you, but happen it does. Common sense would indicate this can happen when you remove soft vinyl from a fast moving and often hard platter.Come to think of it, this might happen mainly when using a platter with no mat, but it does happen...I have the slightly scuffed recordsd to prove it..so do various friends.
Turntables should have a "do not use when drinking" sticker. Trust me.
Why would someone using a ring or screw on clamp even need to comment on this? The person just asked for clarification as to what his dealer was telling him about his Rega and some of you insist on making it a "right/wrong" issue that everyone must follow.
08-16-11: Wolf_garcia
Turntables should have a "do not use when drinking" sticker. Trust me.

That's no fun...gulp. :-)