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What Made Me Decide To Get A Record Clamp

Curiosity, I suppose, and the greed for better sound. Are you greedy too?

black and aluminum record clamp

Some of the clamps available are decently priced and wouldn’t break the bank. I will not pay $200.00 or more for a record clamp, especially when I can find them for a lot cheaper.

Specs Of The Record Doctor Record Clamp

Even though I bought my clamp earlier this year (Jan 2022) it seems to have been updated already as I have the taller record clamp, as they now have a lower profile clamp that isn’t as tall and lighter in weight. I will post both sizes for those looking for specs.

This is important too because some turntable lids (dustcovers) cannot be shut fully with a clamp or record weight on the platter. While not a problem when playing a record as the lid should be up when playing a record but when you are not using the record player the dustcover should be down to prevent dust from settling on the platter. It is also great to see a company improving upon its product to satisfy its customers.

I typically remove the clamp when I am not playing records and set it off to the side, then close the dust cover. As my dustcover does not fully close when I have the older higher model attached to the spindle.

Newer Low Profile Clamp Specs

Height – When fully tightened on record spindle 1.1″ high.

Weight – 5.4 oz. (153 grams)

Diameter – 3.1″

side view of clamp
This is the newer lower-profile record clamp.

Older Higher Profile Clamp Specs

Height – When fully tightened on record spindle 1 3/4″ high

Weight – 6.9 oz (196 grams)

Diameter – 3.1″

side view of clamp
The older higher profile record clamp. The one I have.

Materials Used

From what I can tell there are only four different materials used in the construction of this clamp.

  • Aluminum knurled knob
  • Black non-resonant phenolic body (plastic)
  • Brass collet
  • Black felt washer

How Does The Clamp Work?

The Record Doctor clamp fits over the spindle of your turntable then by turning the knurled nut located on the top while firmly applying pressure to hold the record more stable during playback. This allows the collet on the bottom of the clamp to securely lock onto the spindle. The nut turns clockwise to tighten and counterclockwise to unscrew.

clamp taken apart

If you look at the bottom of the clamp you will see the collet. The collet has four slits in it and when you turn the nut clockwise which is located on the top of the clamp those four slits slowly come closer together until they are firmly secured to your spindle. When you turn the nut counterclockwise the gaps in the four slits become wider allowing the clamp to be released.

If you are familiar with using any kind of woodworking router it is the same thing as routers use collets to securely hold router bits in place even though they are moving at really high rpm. This is the same general design as this collet.

What A Record Clamp Will Do & Will Not Do

A record clamp will not fix warped records, it might help slightly but it will not fix warpage. Depending on what type of warp record you have. If there is a slight cup to the warped record it will bring the record to lay flatter against the record. Thereby improving the sound quality.

A record clamp is for improving sound quality. It can help remove or eliminate micro-vibrations and allow the stylus to track in the grooves better. It stabilizes the vinyl record. A stylus is a very fine delicate tool and any excess vibrations can lead to distortion during playback. Also, any amount of unwanted movement causes some type of lost playback or distortion.

How Well Does It Perform?

Is it worth it? That is totally dependent upon you. There are benefits that can be gained by using a record clamp but it will not be like buying a new set of quality speakers. The improvements will be slight but noticeable. At least this is what I found.

If you have a warped record it might help the needle track better as well as eliminate some vibrations between the record and stylus. It might also help with rumble and feedback issues.

For around $30 bucks it’s at least worth trying it out on your system. The Record Doctor Record Clamp is a well-built and thought-out design and is cheap enough to at least see if you hear any improvements in your system without severely hurting your wallet.

I don’t know about you but I will never spend hundreds of dollars on a record clamp or record weight, I can spend that money better elsewhere.

blue record with clamp on it
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Pros & Cons


  • Solid construction. I don’t ever see me replacing this as this should last easily a lifetime.
  • Helps get the maximum amount of musical data from the records.
  • Using a record clamp lessens the stress that is put on the turntable bearing than using a record weight. Thereby less wear and tear on your equipment.
  • Can help some with types of record warpage.
  • Putting on the clamp is simple and easy, as well as removing it.
  • The clamp has a decent weight to it
  • I have an acrylic platter on my turntable which is about 13/16″ inch tall leaving roughly 1/4″ inch of spindle sticking out when a record is placed on the turntable and the Record Doctor Clamp still grabs a hold of the spindle securely.
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Tightening force can be adjusted easily tightened or loosened by simply turning the knob clockwise or counterclockwise.
  • In the world of outrageous audiophile prices, this is a cheap way to improve sound and playback or at least experiment using a record clamp.


  • Record weights and clamps are a highly controversial topic some saying the excess weight or pressure can ruin your turntable bearing. It is best to reach out to your specific turntable company and ask them about using clamps or weights with your turntable before using it. Most manufacturers will gladly answer your questions.
  • Problems can arise using a record clamp on an inexpensive turntable depending on the suspension of the system.


Use both of your hands when putting on the clamp. One hand to press firmly downward and one to turn the nut. I usually push down on the black plastic part with my left hand and twist the nut with my right hand.

Contact your turntable manufacturer and ask them if it is okay to use a record clamp on the specific turntable you own or check out their FAQ page and see if it is there.

To test the record clamp out it is best to put on a record you know very well. A record you have driven other people nuts by listening too much to it. This way you have a better chance of hearing slight improvements in sound quality as you should know the record pretty darn well. Then base your assessment on how it sounds with and without the clamp.

The Final Groove

This is an affordable device to at least try and see if it adds better sound performance to your turntable setup. Experiences will differ depending on your turntable and setup. It will help with some warped records that are cupped and allow the record to sit firmly against the platter.

I have no buyer’s remorse for purchasing this clamp as I experienced some improvement in sound quality. It is a well-made clamp that should easily last a lifetime.

black and aluminum record clamp
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