the truth about vinyl

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  1. Radar

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    I saw this while scrolling through memes and I wondered, what would TGP think about this? :D

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  2. JiveJust

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    It can be another type of GAS. I have vinyl but I only buy albums I really cherish. Most of my setup I acquired for free because someone was giving it away 25 years ago.
     
  3. amstrtatnut

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    Im enjoying vinyl more now. The "clarity" cds have is a little tinny sounding to my ears. On my cheap "free" stereo, vinyl definitely sounds warmer in a very good way.

    Im not a fan of the prices and shop for used when possible.
     
  4. Drew66

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    I love the warmth of vinyl but I don’t love the scratches and skips that come with it.
     
  5. Funky54

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    The one thing I don't miss about vinyl is the crackling sound.
     
  7. Papanate

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    That's funny. But not because it's true - people are too prissy about their vinyl these days - they strip the fun out of the whole thing. In my world - I just play the records - keeping them as clean as possible - but getting the maximum enjoyment. When they go bad... buy another or forget about it and go CD/Hi Res Digital.
     
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    LOL, the OP is sadly true, but I’m a diehard vinyl fan and love it. It is a slippery slope once you decide to upgrade your playback system, can make guitar GAS seem reasonable...
     
  10. JiveJust

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    Did you not have a lint brush? I got everything for free except the turntable. I did a bit of research and got a Dual with an automatic arm drop featurefor a really good price on CL. The seller was a true audiophile. He gave me a lint brush and told me to use it before I play a record. No crackling unless it’s a used record with manual needle drops on it.
     
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    I love vinyl but refuse to drop all that $ on my favorite albums again.

    Then, there is the storage.

    Btw, does anyone else feel like getting in the car and heading over to @Funky54 's house for a booze and listening party?
     
  12. pickdropper

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    Vinyl can be fantastic. I bought a really nice player nearly 20 years ago and it’s still amazing.

    But it’s definitely high maintenance and the point of diminishing returns is surprisingly high.

    But you don’t HAVE to spend a fortune to get something fun and enjoyable. There are plenty of bargains out there.

    Still clean your records, though....
     
  13. JiveJust

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    My collection is small. I only buy albums that are really important to me. When I put on a record it’s almost like a ritual. I turn off every but the record player and make dinner etc.

    I’ve made some some seriously good scores are yard sales. Woohoo!
     
  14. pickdropper

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    I have a decent size collection (~1200 records). I bought entire collections from people in the late 90’s when people were getting rid of them. I could probably shed 25-35% of them (and probably should).

    I met a guy over the weekend at a hifi show that has 60k records. Damn.
     
  15. Funky54

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    Vinyl is one of the very best and most rewarding hobbies that someone can enjoy. I love experimenting and comparing, tube rolling and changing carts. Fortunately I have several friends into it as well.
     
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    Yes, 1973 is turning into a very good year.
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  17. stutter chugg

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    The only thing I miss about vinyl is gazing at the art exhibit overload of albums covering every surface of any stores record department.
     
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  18. tycobb73

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    I remember ir as a kid/ teenager. Not worth it to mer.
     
  19. Misterbulbous

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    I had about 400 albums as a kid/teen. Messy parents divorced resulted in my collection being thrown from house to house and eventually missing. Just got back into vinyl a year ago.

    Definitely something to be said about warmer sound and for some reason I process each album much more thoroughly than I would a CD or download.

    For the record (no pun...), most of what I buy is new. Like War on Drugs, Flaming Lips, Isbell, etc; but also digging classic reissues.
     
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