The black belts are probably there for decoration more than anything else. The "sripes" match the platter and motor belts. They may also prevent ringing to a certain degree, but I think they are there for their looks. The ring and spindle weight combination flattens the records on to the platter. This not only prevents the plastic from the lp to resonate, but it makes the record flat. Because of the flat record, the arm does not have to negotiate the hills and dales of a warp, and consequently makes for a better "ride" and therefore better sound.
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