Red Replacement Turntable Pad for 45rpm Players
Many of the Early 45 record players had a brown or reddish brown pad on the platter to grip and protect the first record dropped. Without it, the 1st record was in danger of surface scratches and worse yet, if slightly warped, would not lay on the platter flat enough to grip it and spin at the right speed.
This little pad, is made of a velvet red pad. It is no longer self adhesive as it was problematic getting it onto the platter straight and true. Use contact cement or even carpenters glue with an old 45 on top to hold it while it sets. I have one record I use for the pad contact and then either put a weight or a stack of records on it to hold it down while it cures.
Below are shots of a before and after of a platter. (Note) the after shot is just the pad placed on the patter. It has not been adheared which would give a more permanent look. The old pad must be removed and the platter cleaned to allow the new pad to adhear smoothly.