What is a 45 rpm record adapter called?

A 45 rpm adapter (also 45 rpm record insert, 45 rpm spindle adapter, 7-inch adapter or spider, the common size of 45 RPM records) is a small plastic or metal insert that goes in the middle of a 45-rpm record so it can be played on the standard size spindle of a turntable.

Why do you need an adapter for 45 RPM?

It is a small metal or plastic piece that is placed in the center of a 45 rpm record. The adapter allows for the record to be played on a turntable’s 78 rpm or LP size spindle. Some 45 rpm adapters are diminutive solid circles that slide onto the spindle’s bottom. Others are larger and fit over the full spindle.

Are 45 adapters universal?

This 45 rpm spindle adapter is a universal fit that will also please audiophiles with its weight and durability.

What is a spindle Adaptor?

Spindle Adaptors were originally designed by Vicmarc. The purpose of them is to allow wood turners, who own more than one lathe with different spindle nose threads, to swap faceplates or chucks from one lathe to the other.

When did they stop making 45 rpm records?

The arrival of the compact disc in the 1980s severely curbed production of LP and 45 discs. Sales of both dropped quickly and most major label record companies stopped releasing them in large amounts by the early 1990s.

Can you play 45 without a adapter?

In order to play a 45 RPM record that has a 1.5-inch hole, you must use an adapter that has an outside diameter of 1.5 inches and a 0.25-inch hole in the center. Traditional adapters were attached inside the hole of the record and then placed over the spindle.

Why do 45s have a bigger hole?

But there was a more scientific reason for the larger hole. When a new 45 dropped from the spindle onto the turntable, it was required to spin up from a dead stop to 45 RPM very quickly. This torque tended to cause the small holes to go out-of-round very quickly, causing record to wobble as it spun.

Why did 45 have a big hole?

RCA decided to make the hole on its new 45 1.5 inches wide for a couple of reasons. First, RCA wanted its new format to crush the LPs being issued by Columbia and its licensed partners. Someone in the company came up with the idea of making and selling turntables designed exclusively for 45s.

Can you play 45s on a regular record player?

Each adapter allows you to play 45 RPM singles on almost any record player. The adapters are easy to use, simply snap it into the center of the 7″ record and place on the turntable spindle – no tools are required!

Do 45s sound better than 33s?

Since 45s travel faster than 33s, more waveform definition can be squeezed into the format, which takes up more room. More bumps and grooves created in pressing a 45 means better audio quality. As a hypothetical example, suppose you were able to uncoil the grooves in your record.

Are 45 rpm records still made?

In the 1990s, most record labels discontinued production of the 45 RPM vinyl record. As a result, the 45 quickly become a collectors item.