Lately, I’ve been finding myself trawling through LP’s at JB HiFi, despite not owning a working Turntable since the early 90’s.
For the record (pun intended), I had a modest collection as a teen in the 80’s of 30ish LP’s and 45’s (Singles for those born later).
Obviously, I owned a Walkman as well, so mixed tapes were a ritual.
With the advent of CD’s, I jumped along with everyone else.
Whilst I imagine some music junkies here of the Gen X or older variety would have collections in the hundreds (or bigger), I personally have bought 130-150 CD’s over the years, about 500 tracks on ITunes, and countless more Music DVD’s & Blu Rays.
I even have some titles on DVD Audio (High Fidelity), which sounded awesome.
Pity they never took off, along with SACD.
Point being, I love music in all its forms, however flawed.
Anyhow, I decided to scratch the itch.
Over the last 2 weeks, I’ve done a mountain of research on Vinyl collecting as a hobby, and suitable Turntables.
What started as an innocent “I’ll just buy an entry level model from a reputable brand, and a few Records”, has turned into a much larger financial commitment.
But that’s my nature.
So why go back to an outdated, and many will say inferior, technology ?
I guess a portion of the reason is a sense of nostalgia.
Buying records as a kid was a great experience, particulary when funds were low.
Sure, you could listen on your favourite radio station, wait till your favourite songs came on, then Press the Play & Record buttons simultaneously for free music, but it often sounded sh*t.
Full of static, and that ■■■■ disc jockey that would talk all the way thru the intro.
Bringing home a pristine Vinyl Record in all its High Fidelity, was the pinnacle.
I’ve always enjoyed having physical copies of music.
Unless I absolutely must must listen to a song or album immediately, I will often wait to purchase the CD.
With impressive album art, and large inserts found within often obtaining lyrics, the whole experience becomes just that, an experience with a Vinyl Record.
Now, I’m far from an audiophile.
I only know enough to get me started to listening to Vinyl again, though I do have some decent equipment which I already owned.
I’m not going to be drawn into the argument of what sounds better, CD’s or Vinyl.
What I will say is, it’s different.
I could throw out all number of ■■■■■ terms like…
" the sound is warmer " , " there is more detail " , or " it’s more open ",
but I’d be talking out of my ar*e.
Certainly, there are challenges.
Dust and dirty records being the worse (apart from scratches).
Only in the last 2 weeks did I learn that Wet Cleaning is a thing when it comes to Records.
A mandatory thing when we are talking about purchasing original used Pressings from the 70’s/80’s.
No matter how clean you get your Records, you will always here some cracks and pops, which I’ve had to get used to again, even with new records.
What I will say though, when you get a new record that’s been Remastered, and play it on a decent system with a clean stylus (eg. Grace / Jeff Buckley), it sounds freakin awesome.
Lastly, I’m listening to whole albums again (or at least 1 side).
Whereas recently, I was finding myself jumping from artist to artist on my IPod, and even just listening to parts of songs.
Ultimately, I had the music on in the background.
It had become impersonal.
It had ceased to become an experience.
There is something to be said of listening to an album all the way thru, the way the artist intended.
Yes, I know you could do this with a CD, but its way too easy to toggle thru the tracks.
I’ve definitely discovered some gems lately, by being more involved in the listening experience.
So, are there many Vinyl junkies on Bomberblitz ?
Have you continued to listen to LP’s thru the Digital age.
What is your collection like ?
Post a pic of any unusual Vinyl you may have (coloured/translucent etc).
I’m interested to hear if anyone is like me, and only got back into it recently.
What were your reasons ?
I’m half expecting the Gen Y element to come in here, and tell me how much time they spend cleaning their FLAC collections, so I’ll save you the hassle B)