It's increasingly rare for me to purchase new vinyl, so I don't get to do this little trick very often, but I will now share with you the correct method of opening a record. Yes, that's right -- there is in fact a specific procedure for opening a sealed vinyl LP of which you should all be aware.
I was first shown how to properly open a record back when I worked at the used record store in high school, by a co-worker who spotted me trying to slice open my new copy of the Perfect Sound Forever 10" with a pair of scissors. He pulled the record from my hands and demonstrated this method, which opened the sealed record in a few brief seconds without using potentially harmful blades or other implements, all while keeping the shrinkwrap on the cover intact, sleeve unharmed.
First, a few important tips:
So assuming you are properly clothed and hold in your hand an excellent candidate record, shrinkwrapped and housed in a proper cardboard sleeve, we're ready to proceed. (I have illustrated each step myself using the new, sealed "Bizarre Love Triangle" 12" I purchased at Princeton Record Exchange a couple of days ago.)
1. Locate the edge of the sleeve with the (now-sealed) opening. Make sure you are sitting down before continuing to the next step. (Advanced practitioners may remain standing, propping one leg up against a handy coffee table or chair to attain the desired bent leg angle.)
2. Place record, opening edge down, on your leg just above the knee. Sleeve should be roughly parallel to your body and edge should be perpendicular to your leg. Grip record securely, one hand on each side.
3. Begin rubbing sleeve edge back and forth against your pant leg, as fast as you can, for about five seconds. Concentrate on just the center portion of the edge -- moving the record too far in either direction may result in your bumping and bending the corner. Rub, rub, rub!
4. Lift record and check edge. You should have at least a small opening in the center which you can now pry apart (slowly, gently) with your fingers until the entire opening is clear. If the plastic is still completely sealed, just repeat Step 3.
5. Sleeve is now still completely covered in shrinkwrap with a slit for the opening. Remove record from sleeve.
Posted by nstop at November 29, 2002 10:37 PM
6. Place on turntable, drop the needle and enjoy!