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Tedw9 10-08-2017 07:17 PM

Hooked on Vinyl (Again)
I recently rediscovered my love for vinyl records. I came across an old stereo from 1990 at Goodwill. It has a turntable, which works I was happy to find. So we dug out some of our old records...which sounded great.....except for the hissing and skips and such.

So I decided to replace some of those old worn out records with some nicer shape originals, some new stuff and what ever else I could find in decent condition on the cheap. After some research, I figured if I was going to do this, I may as well upgrade the stereo too. I was able to score a few different nice components, cheaply, so I spent the money on a new turntable. What a difference that made! Nice speakers, new turntable, nice receiver.....those old records sound so different now compared to when I was a kid. I ďhearĒ so much more now, its like hearing a lot of them for the first time again. I just love the depth and warmth of vinyl so much more Iíve found. And records can be had cheap.....mostly.

Now being the collector I am, Iíve discovered test pressings. They can be cheap, they can be expensive. It seems that part of record collecting is the Wild West right now, with no rhyme or reason that I can see. Which is great, because Iím picking up pieces that I feel are undervalued. Even if they are not, they are classics which I love to listen to. And it appeals to the collector side of me to own a more rare item, kinda the best of both worlds for me. I listen to the regular record and collect the rare copies of said record.

I still buy cdís and cassettes, listen to MP3ís, but nothing is as satisfying as listening to good old vinyl to me.

Anyone else back on the vinyl wagon?

bnorth 10-08-2017 07:28 PM

It has been about 10 years since i last used my record player. I have one of those really old Admiral Consoles and a huge stack of records.

Tedw9 10-08-2017 07:56 PM

I love those old consoles! They have such personality. We come across them now and then in our travels and always have to check them out when we find them. Iíd love to own one, but I need a bigger house.

It had been probably 30+ years since I had last listened to vinyl. Now I listen to records more than anything else.

Stonepony 10-09-2017 08:32 AM

Last X mas I got my 14 yo son a vinyl player and a bunch of records. Kinda making him do a little of the throwback thing. He loves it. I'd like to get back into vinyl and break out my old albums...but doubt I will

ALR-bishop 10-09-2017 12:13 PM

I have a fairly large collection of 45 records from the 50s, 60s and 70s that I run through this at home

Tedw9 10-09-2017 06:14 PM


Originally Posted by Stonepony (Post 1708681)
Last X mas I got my 14 yo son a vinyl player and a bunch of records. Kinda making him do a little of the throwback thing. He loves it. I'd like to get back into vinyl and break out my old albums...but doubt I will

Thatís awesome to hear. Kids should at least give a try, good for you for putting him on that path. I know my daughter geeks out over some of the old stuff I have. I recently came across an old Kodak instant camera and she fell in love with it. Makes me happy to see the younger generation appreciating some of this stuff.

You should bust out a favorite record or two sometime, crank it up while your just puttering. Maybe the bug will bite you too.


Originally Posted by ALR-bishop (Post 1708730)
I have a fairly large collection of 45 records from the 50s, 60s and 70s that I run through this at home

WHOA!!! That is bad a$$!!!! Holy cow, that is sweet! Now thatís doing it in style. Does it sound as good as it looks? I know Wurlitzer is THE model. Love it!

You must love your music to have that beauty in your house.

barrysloate 10-11-2017 06:40 AM

I have approx. 500 albums, primarily jazz from the 1950's and 60's, and classic rock from the 60's. A great many of them I bought when they came out and I kept them for all these years, so condition is a bit mixed. Have some nice blues albums too.

And I have a really good turntable too, a Technics, so I still play them a few times a week. There is something about holding a record jacket that is special to me.

I don't buy too many albums anymore, but a few months ago I picked up on ebay The Yardbirds "Having a Rave Up." ( I know, you have no idea what that is). Records are great.

silvor 10-11-2017 07:51 PM

In the early 80's, record/music collecting made me put my baseball card collecting aside for 30 years. I had a TON of cool vinyl, but sold it off through the years. Some of that stuff is going for crazy prices now. I sure wish I kept it.

Luckily, my favorite band (Kiss) reissued their catalog on CD and did it properly and wasn't brickwalled. They actually used the LP masters as a reference, so the CD's are really good. So I never got back into vinyl. But, I did buy a new analog Onkyo recently and used my old Klipsch 2.2 speakers. Great combination IMO.

Tedw9 10-15-2017 10:13 AM

Barry, it nice to hear from someone who still has their collection AND still uses them. I wish I had kept mine, but I didnít.

Youíre right, thereís something about holding them. Like a book, it satisfies something within me. Iím not a big fan of ebooks either, I like to turn a page or turn the record over.

I know who the Yardbirds are, canít say I know much more. :)

Silvor, Iím a big Kiss fan also. First record I put on when I got a record player was Destroyer. Had to hear Detroit Rock City and the car crash. :D It sounded even better than I remembered.

My wife dug out her albums which she had purchased at yard sales years back and gave me her Kiss albums. When I pulled out the Love Gun album, it was in great shape and had both the order form and unpunched gun and bang inside. I was geeked! I never find stuff that cool at yard sales.

Iím not surprised Kiss issued another set. There is no lack of choice when it comes to them! But it sounds like they got the master right, which is good to hear. If youíre going to put out rehashes, at least put out the best sound you can.

Nice to hear youíre back in the NY groove. ;)

Chris Counts 10-20-2017 03:22 PM

I've been all-in on digital music for years, but lately, I've had so many compatibility and reliability issues with my various devices, and I've become so frustrated with iTunes, that considering ditching all my MP3s and turning the clock back about a half century. I was recently admiring the various Crosley turntables, and I'm considering taking the plunge. Since I listen mostly to music from the '60s and '70s, I shouldn't have too much trouble finding the records I like.

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