Don't have to get my vinyl back....I never lost it
Music4Al 5 posts 5.2 years
I feel sorry for the posties in this forum who've through misfortune or through short-sightedness have lost their vinyl. I've always collected vinyl and still do (PS..my wife says I could have worse vices :)). I still have all the vinyl i've ever bought, In fact I still have the first album I ever bought 41 years ago.....yikes!
Even though I have a large cd collection and an enormous music video collection, vinyl is still where my heart and soul live, to hear the warmth and depth that vinyl produces puts cd's to shame. Good luck to all trying to find and capture they're once treasured vinyl releases (old and new), and thanks to companies like musicstack that provide access to these treasures.
I'm with you my friend. I still have the vinyl that I've collected since 1967. Actually, I bought singles prior to that but in 1967 I bought my first lp which was The Best of the Animals. I still have it, though not in the best condition. I didn't know how to take good care of record back then so a lot of my early purchases are a bit scratchy. When I got a little older and learned how to take care of records, I replaced some of the worst ones with later pressings.
I did keep some of the vinyl (coloured vinyl, laser etched vinyl, rare later ones, older - 1969 and down, and the 12" singles etc etc). Right now I have about 500 albums including ep's and 12" singles and about 2400 cd's, about 200 45's and I inherited my dad's 78 rpm collection - about 100 of those. I think I have a few 8-tracks around here somewhere. Call it a sickness........
I don't have the first album I ever bought (Out of Sight - K-Tel - 1973 ?), but I still have the first cd I ever bought (The Cars - Greatest Hits - 1985 ?). The back of the case has "Patent Pending" on it. I think that's a collector's item right there.
The goal for me is to buy back the vinyl I gave away for as little $$$$$ as I can.
The first album I bought was "Canned Wheat" by the Guess Who, The album came out in 1969 however it was the first album I bought with my own money in 1971. And from that point, I was always picking up albums once a month or more. I still have a lot of original pressings from the sixties onward.
There was always music being played somewhere in our house as far back as I can remember, My mother was into Big Band/Swing/Jazz, My father was into Early Rock & Roll/Country and later a big Motown fan. My brother has no taste in music (nuff said), I was into everything and still am. I remember growing up and having a old B/W TV console where I saw the last show of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show and the first landing on the moon, however what was important in our house was that everyone had their own stereo system in their rooms.
As soon as my collection grew, I realised that I would have to organize and keep those albums in relatively good shape, and as you said if one wore down, I would try to replace it.
I'd like to put my collection online where people could see it and use it as a resource, but I haven't found a way that could be easily done.
Actually thinking about downsizing my vinyl collection after have copied to digital for the ones I don't enjoy as much bt nought because they are hits. I intended to get a copy of all UK hit singles and albums, but then digital technology came out rendering it unnecessary for most and I ran out of most space a long time ago. Would love the dedicated room/ warehouse that some of you have.
In the meantime I will be improving the quality of my collection by getting those rare £100+ (or even slightly less rare £10-£50 early hit LPs) and move from the 80's pop that I have mostly been collecting.
I am keeping my SAW collection and expanding but never had the chance to buy many great albums as I had the slight disadvantage of not being born :-) !!
I am just glad I came back to my senses quickly before I bought into the whole "CD is better than vinyl" poison back in the early 90's. Yes, I sold some expensive psych & classic rock vinyl, but I am glad I quickly turned around back in the 90's and bought it all back before wasting my money on the disposable CD format. I still have those pieces too thank goodness! That won't happen again, and I don't care what anyone says, regardless of whatever anyone says as far as CD's sounding better than vinyl, don't let them fool you, just let your ears do the comparison tests! The vinyl speaks for itself!
In this day & age, since original vinyl albums have become quite expensive to acquire, especially if they are more than 40 years old or so, anyone in this forum wouldn't be advised to sell them, unless they were absolutely forced to do so! I will sell my car before I would sell my vinyl! This stuff is just too damn hard to try to locate a second time around.
There are some that feel the need to replace all of their vinyl copies for CD. Well, if you have nice near mint copies, then why don't you just make a copy from your vinyl to a CD? They at times can sound just as good, I find, if not better than certain store bought manufactured CD's that have been compressed! All of my vinyl has been copied to CD for archival purposes, and I wouldn't have it any other way......
VJ - When I gave my albums away, the idea of putting my albums to CDs wasn't even an option yet (mid to late 80's and into the 90's). I was one of many that was brainwashed into thinking that vinyl was inferior to the brand new CD. I'm kicking myself to this day.
When I was a teenager, I was the school DJ, mainly because I had the biggest collection of records of anyone in school, including the teachers, and growing up in a household full of music, I also had the knowledge that went with the music.
My part-time job was only to scrounge up money to go and buy the latest albums and because I was DJ'ing, I also saved up and bought a mixer and since their were several turntables in our household it was easy (note: I still own 4 turntables to this day).
When CD's came about, sure I fell for the convienence of the new medium, however instead of getting rid of my vinyl, I looked at it as complimentary addition to my ever expanding collection and just added a cd player as another resource to my mixing board.
It's still hard to go to parties where music is being played with the quality and attention span of canned elevator music (note: I always drag a pack of mixed cd's with me). Unfortunately most people are not like us die-hard music collectors, and they get stuck in various genre's, time frames, and greatest hits packages.
A friend of mine who use to own a music store that mostly sold vinyl, I asked him who is it that typically buys CD's, he said it's men in their 30-40's, who don't want to waste time looking for particular album, they just want to get what their looking for and go. However he said that the majority of people buying vinyl (other then myself and other collector's) were teenager's and people in their 20's, He said they are either discovering older bands for the first time or they remember listening to the album because their parents had it at one time or another and they like the music as well.
Music is generational, Every decade has it's good and bad music, and if it's good to you, grab it. The bad music will just fade away. I was never really a big fan of the overplayed hits, I've always found on every album that I've got that had a hit on it, there always is 1, 2 or even more songs on the album I liked even better....so keep collecting my friends.
Originally Posted By backtovinyl: VJ - When I gave my albums away, the idea of putting my albums to CDs wasn't even an option yet (mid to late 80's and into the 90's). I was one of many that was brainwashed into thinking that vinyl was inferior to the brand new CD. I'm kicking myself to this day.
I think it is for this reason you mention that I never sold all of my records, and on a major re-think, I quickly bought them all back. All I knew at the time was that I didn't care too much for how the way cassette's sounded, but yet I still bought the cd's for their convenience, as opposed to the "actual sound" of them. I must say too though that the mastering techniques on cd's back in the 80's sounded like disposable garbage. So, I think even back then, knowing this, I kept my records around. I knew it would only be in time that cd's would become the next 8 track.
With that said, today, I don't see the Ipod or MP3 player as being any better, let alone any kind of threat to vinyl. Why? Because the sound on MP3 files are much more worse than even the cd. The kids are catching on to this. Why else do you think some younger people under the age of 25 are purchasing vinyl again? Most of the time they will tell you it is because they like the way they sound.
Could the MP3 be the next 8 track of the future? If so, then what are we left with? Vinyl?
Your guess is as good as mine, but I think we are going back to the past again, and I frankly don't think, contrary to what some people believe, that this is just some mere nostalgia trip either.
Anyway, take advantage to build your record collections, and please don't sell them again.
i must admit i was one of those that got rid of his lifetime collection prior to the recent vinyl revival. at the time it wasn't worth nearly as much as it would be now as collectors only wanted 'mint' stuff so most of it got thrown in a skip. yes, feel free to cringe away! when i recently started collecting again i wasn't that fussed because my tastes have changed and i thought i'd be more selective about my purchases, but as time as gone by i've become increasingly annoyed at what i did back then. i see stuff i had in record stores going for silly money and i must admit to buying up some of the stuff i lost. a lot of it wouldn't listen to now but if i had a time machine you'd know exactly where i'd be heading :)
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