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Ongoing History Daily: Strange record sizes

Vinyl records come in two common sizes: the 7-inch single and the 12-inch LP. A less common size is the 10-inch, which is occasionally used for EPs. In my library, I have 10-inch records from including Blind Melon, Lenny Kravitz and the Smashing Pumpkins. But there’s nothing in the rules that says you have to be limited to those sizes

. Back in the late 70s, a few bands (like Squeeze) released material on 5″ singles.  There’s a New Zealand band called 360⁰ Cinemas who issued a couple of 8″ singles.  And then there was the infamous limited edition vinyl version of “March of the Pigs” from Nine Inch Nails which was, yes, issued on 9-inch vinyl.

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One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Strange record sizes

  • My 60s Dual turntable has automatic settings for 7, 10, & 12″. But the plinth is a solid cylinder of stainless-steel, and only has rubber rings around the 7 & 12″ rings.

    So I tried playing a 10″, and the needle missed the edge and just got destroyed on the bare-metal.



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