Flip the rubber washer over and see if it makes a difference.
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Is there a black rubber washer about 1-1/4" in diameter on the spindle? It goes on BEFORE the record and should stay in place. From the VPI website here is an FAQ regarding that washer:
"My VPI record clamp came with a rubber washer. What am I supposed to do with it? The rubber washer is meant to be permanently placed over the turntable's spindle below the record. This prevents "dishing" of the LP when it is clamped to the platter using the threaded VPI clamp."
Even with the washer there will be some distortion of the record as you tighten it, just don't tighten the clamp too much, you can dish the record. And by all means don't leave a record clamped for any length of time (like overnight) you can deform it permanently!
There should be a small rubber washer, about the size of a quarter, that slips over the spindle and sits on the platter. The record sits on this washer and then is held tight by the clamp. Is this there?.... I can't tell from your post. Might be the problem if it's missing. You shouldn't tighten the clamp too much... I think "snug" would be a good way to discribe it.
I guess I should have mentioned the rubber washer is there. Just not satisfied wtih the way the clamp works. If it's supposed to work that way I guess it's ok, but I'd like the record to be completely flat. Flat on the edge is fine, but then it's not flat towards the center with the clamp. Guess I'll start looking for a second hand HRX ring set.