This leather turntable platter mat is one of "our favorite things". From Hide in the Sound, these mats are made by an artisan and friend in Kansas. We offer 6 of his most popular colors and styles. (Send us an email if you are looking for a different finish or color.)
For each LP leather platter mat, he specifies the highest quality American cowhide split to a thickness of approximately 1.5 mm (~1/16″) and precision die cut to a diameter of 292 mm (11.5”). This ensures full support of the LP’s playing surface, while still allowing a small margin of space around the edge of the LP (i.e., the groove guard) so the LP can easily be lifted from the platter without disturbing the platter mat. The spindle hole is cut to 7.94 mm (5/16″), which will fit all standard spindles.
Here's a description of the benefits of a leather platter mat from the Hide in the Sound website:
"Static electric charge is generated during the handling and playing of your vinyl records, and felt and cork mats accumulate that static charge, which attracts dust and transfers it to your vinyl records. Static charge can also result in the annoying habit of causing the mat to stick to your LPs when you lift an LP off of your turntable. If you’ve paid good money for a nice solid aluminum or acrylic platter turntable, why has the manufacturer decided to provide you with a felt platter mat? Or if you’ve upgraded your turntable with a glass or acrylic platter, why use a felt mat and create dust and static issues when there is no need for it? If your rig has a standard, cast aluminum platter, definitely consider upgrading from the rubber or felt mat it probably came with.
I discovered that leather platter mats do not collect static charge, and therefore do not attract dust. I also noticed that the leather dampens turntable vibrations without smearing the frequency response that my cartridge/tone arm/platter unit has been designed to capture and transmit.
I am currently offering two types of leather platter mats. The Split mats feature a smooth side and a rougher, suede side. Either side can be placed down, in contact with your platter, for a firm grip and zero slippage. You can try the mat in both configurations and decide which you prefer. The Suede mats have two, identical suede sides."
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