JA Michell Record Clamp
How It WorksThe supplied black felt washer is placed on the spindle. Then place the record on the platter. When a record is placed over the washer, the record label area will remain raised slightly. Now place the clamp on the record, press and turn the knurled knob clockwise to lock the unit. The record clamp's peripheral edge will force down the outside of the record label area thereby causing the record to completely contact the platter surface.
To remove the clamp, it is only necessary to turn the knob 1/8 turn counterclockwise. The knob does not have to be unscrewed completely.
Ratings & Reviews
Used a concept clamp on my concept MC table with lackluster results. Some of my vinyl would stop spinning while trying to brush them due to warps and the light weight of the concept clamp. Switched to this clamp and all my issues are gone. Flattens warps and holds solid
John F O'C
by John F O'C
This is an amazing product. I thought the difference would be subtle; however, everything became very clear and delicate. I listen, mostly, to orchestral music and I found a distinct improvement in depth with the JA Michell Record clamp. It's also my firm belief that by clamping the LP to the spindle and the platter it has tamed much "inner grove distortion"--too much anti-skate is also a major culprit too! This clamp is NOT a "cheap" product made with substandard materials that will fail in short order--that's nonsense. Buying the JA Michell Record Clamp is an inexpensive way to dramatically improve the quality of your setup!
I noticed increased definition and a better sense of timing. This clamp does what it's supposed to.
This little gadget does what it's supposed to clamp that record. I have noticed more definition and deeper bass. It will not straighten out severely warped records, but should you be playing those anyway.
Definitely can see the clamping effect. Has a subtle effect on good LPs. I need to do a lot of with/without tests to really say something objective about that, but I have few LPs that were nearly unplayable before due to warping. This flattened them out amazingly well and now they play sound good. It doesn't do the impossible, but it works as advertised. Very happy with it. Only had for 1 week though, so I do hope it lasts.
by Aaron T.
For a long time, I hated every clamping option that I'd ever tried. I bought this for my TecnoDec thinking that it might have better synergy. I was initially disappointed, but hung on to it while I experimented with vibration control elsewhere in my system. After fixing those issues, I tried this clamp again on a lark. Boy am I glad that I did. My original observations of clamping flattening the soundstage were only really correct in conjunction with other problems. After fixing all of my other vibration issues, the clamping actually helps address the cloud of excess low-frequency that veiled to sound when not using it. Suddenly the highs were back to their proper place, and the various instruments emerged more clearly from the haze. When used exactly as directed (ie: using the felt washer under the record to provide upward force), this really does work as advertised, unlike every other clamping solution that I've tried. Highly recommended.
Works great for those slightly warped out records. Really flattens the vinyl out, unless you have a stubborn 180g.
by Jon T
This is the best accessory I've bought for my turntable. The sound quality improvement is immediately noticed. It really does make any warped or slightly warped records lie completely flat against the platter. Here's how it works: It comes with a felt washer that goes under the record, so when you press down with the clamp and secure it to the spindle with a few twists of the knob, the record goes completely flat and the stylus and tone arm don't undulate like a mogul skier. It's angled edge allows the cartridge to go to the center without bumping it. As an added bonus, it's easier to use a carbon fiber brush on the record without the record slipping on the platter.
Not only does it aid in stabilizing the contact between the stylus and groove - it stabilizes the imaging as well. Great addition to any analog setup.
by R. Carlton
Makes the music come alive. Easy to use, well built, highly recomended.
I recently acquired a mint condition copy of Paul McCartney's "Ram." I couldn't wait to play it. I first cleaned it then put it on my Achromat using a 10 oz. weight on the spindle. What a disappointment. The record sounded dead. At first I thought it was just a bad recording but then I tried using the JA Michell record clamp. I was blown away. The instruments were clearly defined. The bass was deeper and tighter. The soundstage was wider and better defined. Initially I didn't try to describe the sound. I was just enjoying the music but then I thought, I have to share this with people who enjoy vinyl. There sure is something to be said about intimate contact. The record wasn't badly warped. Now I always use the JA Michell record clamp. It's attractive as well as functional and from the feel of it, well made.
Not best for SL1200
I like this product a lot. It is made well and looks good. That being said, on my Technics SL1200mk2 , with stock rubber mat, I can only use this clamp on regular records. The spindle on the SL1200 is very short, especially with an additional mat and or 180-200g vinyl. I may have to return this for something else.
I've had this clamp for a few years now. It's perfect for making all center labels nice and flat. It's fair light so it doesn't put too much weight on the turntable mechanisms. It's also very easy to take on and off. A must have for anyone serious about vinyl.