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Any vinyl records guys here? Find anything good you wanted for record store day? I'm pretty new to collecting, started about 8 months or so ago. So far just ordered the new Tom Petty along with the Alternate Wildflowers set. Looking for the live Def Leppard.

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4 minutes ago, Pip's Invitation said:

I'm not a vinyl guy, but a friend who is started camping out in front of his favorite record store at 2:30 AM. 

Yeah I don't see myself doing that. I've had fairly good luck just buying stuff online.

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Bought a nice turntable during the pandemic (Rega) and have been loving the hunt in used record shop dollar bins-- found a Sargent Peppers for a buck and it plays great :headbang:

Currently playing The Doors LA Woman album..   have about 60 albums already and have instituted a "Friday NIght Vinyl" tradition at my house..  love the sound and the effort it takes to play vinyl- brings me back to my childhood.. plus, album covers are awesome

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My 16 year old daughter got into vinyl during the pandemic. She is a unique bird and loves classic things-so she shops for 50's/60's vinyl only. Groups like the Del Vikings, Frankie Lymon and her fav group--the Platters. . We enjoy looking for used stuff at the flea markets, but it seems with the new interest in vinyl, people KNOW what they have and the prices reflect it. We keep looking for The Skyliners, but it is a pricey album to find. 

 

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Starting collecting vinyl again about two years and am up to about 50 or so now.  Rush, Pink Floyd, Prince, INXS, Steven Wilson, U2, Radiohead, Queensryche, Taylor Swift, Van Halen, Neal Morse Band, XTC, Yes, Muse, Styx, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Queen, etc. all part of the collection thus far. :cool: 

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My father, who has never stopped buying vinyl, even when CDs came out has asked for vinyl for any birthday or Father’s Day. He wants to hit 1,000 records. Pretty sure he is close. I got him Nirvana unplugged for Father’s Day. 
 

For me, I never got the vinyl thing. Was born in 77. Remember 8 tracks. When I started buying music, it was CDs only. Why would I want to get up and turn over a record. Now with digital, I don’t even have to have something cluttering my house, yes please. 

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I started about 6-7 years ago - up to about 600 albums now. Even went and got a VPI record cleaner a few years back - really good for used records.

Vinyl is fun, and if you stick to listening to the entire album (or at least one side) it forces you to slow down and just listen. I like that.

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Huge.  Graduated high school in 1986 and had Uncles collecting in the 70s.  My mom inexplicably sold my 250+ collection at a garage sale while I was in college.  I'd sort of forgotten about this until I was at an estate sale finding college stuff for the kids.  I impulse bought a 1964 magnavox astro-sonic console stereo and rewired it.  I sounds amazing.  So now its a challenge as I try to use estatesales.net to find chances to add to the new collection.  I am about 75% to what I had in the 80s.  I also bought an entry level audiophile type turntable to use with the higher end system I bought in the 90s (which sounds incredible).  The biggest loss from my original collection was that I had every Led Zeppelin album first run.  I now have every one but in through the out door from estate sales.  Best estate sale find was almost 60 albums which looked to have water damage.  The center was not compromised on any.  I bought the box and cleaned them up with rubbing alcohol and water and have every Beatles album, Kansas, Bad Company, Heart Live and a whole lot more.

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If any vinyl guys (or gals) is on Facebook and wants an invite to a pretty cool vinyl group pm me your details. Lots of sharing of buys, collections, etc, alot of vinyl waffles (not required to participate but it's fun and I warn you can be addictive), and just a really solid community. It's what go me interested in collecting. We even did a secret Santa vinyl exchange last year kind of like the t-shirt exchange for those who wanted to participate. There is also a healthy contingent of members both in Canada and the US.

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3 hours ago, Leroy Hoard said:

One of my favorite things about vinyl was the length of the album sides.  A perfect slab of music, in it's best format.

no doubt, in many cases there was a lot of thought by the artist about the flow of the music for an album side.  

ETA: or their producer

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15 hours ago, Parrothead said:

Bought a nice turntable during the pandemic (Rega)

How much did you wind up spending, if you don’t mind me asking. I’m looking to get a reasonably decent turntable but don’t want to spend a lot.

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1 hour ago, zamboni said:

How much did you wind up spending, if you don’t mind me asking. I’m looking to get a reasonably decent turntable but don’t want to spend a lot.

turntable, phono pre amp, and cable was about $800 total

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What is a good turntable these days? 
 

Id assume you would want analog connects and not Bluetooth, right? 
 

Talk to me, Goose
 

There is still one of those super long credenza with a built in record player, radio and speakers at my grandfathers house. Would be cool to strip her out and replace with all new insides. 
 

Or just buy something new and be done.

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7 minutes ago, Phil Elliott said:

With the new record players, can you still upgrade the cartridge?

yep- depending on the unit

 

Before I bought my turntable (I was clueless) I did a ton of research and learned alot-   automatic vs manual;  tone arm balancing, MM cartridge, etc etc    Crutchfield is a great resource

Ended up with the Rega-  very simple to set up, no bells or whistles (manual tonearm, manual belt switch from 33 to 45)..   love the sound -  it is considered entry level audiophile turntable..  the only downside, is I cannot upgrade the cartridge (had to step up a few models for that)

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Rega makes a good turntable, I had a P1 for a while, recently upgraded.

.The thing you probably want to look into when shopping for a turntable is what kind of cartridges are compatible  Since the cartridge is pretty critical and some people have specific ones in mind that they want, its good to know ahead of time.  If you don't care that much, understandable too.

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local flea market finds-

 

Bob Seger - Live Bullet  $4

Kansas - Two for the Show  $3

Bruce- Born To Run -  $8 (excellent cond first press)

Genesis Live   $2

Paul Simon - Still Crazy..    $3

 

The thrill of the hunt!

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I bought my daughter one of those all in one systems and I don't think it is a very healthy unit as I see scratches forming on her vinyl. I have my Fisher component rack system with a laser guided turntable in storage. I paid through the nose for this system in the 80's as a teenager. My parents actually co-signed for this $1800 system. That was a lot of money back then.  The speakers for this system are in my basement and are literally the size of a very large min-fridge. I have 4 of them along with four more smaller ones--they literally would shake the house. There is no way I can dig this system out for her small room--can I? 
 

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On 6/13/2021 at 9:54 AM, Parrothead said:

what kind of system do you currently have that you would add the turntable to?

A pair of B&W 630's, an old Denon 50 watt reciever (DRA-550) from the mid 80's and a Marantz CD5004  CD Player.

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Sounds nice-  I like B&W speakers...  if your receiver has a separate Phono stage with its own input, then you do not need a separate phono preamp..   if it was from the mid 80s I'd guess it does- that would be the perfect old school system for a turntable

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I still have my vinyl collection that I started in middle and high school and throughout college.   I have about 600 records, about 200 of them are Beatles, solo Beatles, Beatle imports and Beatle bootlegs which were all the rage back in the day.  All of the LPs and sleeves have been protected in individual poly bags for 40+ years so in very good shape.

I haven't played any of them for years but just bought a magnetic preamp and bluetooth adapter so I can connect my turntable to my jukebox in the game room.  I will be returning to my office in September so I'll be able clear way space I am currently using for work and get shelves for the LPs and turntable to sit on top of.

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On 6/12/2021 at 10:44 PM, Binky The Doormat said:

no doubt, in many cases there was a lot of thought by the artist about the flow of the music for an album side.  

ETA: or their producer

And the cutting engineer!

Generally, the most challenging (fidelity wise) tracks where put first,  and the least challenging last.   The first groove in a record (outside track) is 36 inches,  the last groove (inside track) is 14.   Doubling the write speed for the first tracks.

Many an albums sequencing was changed due to the fidelity limitation of the latter tracks.

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19 minutes ago, OldMilwaukee said:

And the cutting engineer!

Generally, the most challenging (fidelity wise) tracks where put first,  and the least challenging last.   The first groove in a record (outside track) is 36 inches,  the last groove (inside track) is 14.   Doubling the write speed for the first tracks.

Many an albums sequencing was changed due to the fidelity limitation of the latter tracks.

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22 hours ago, Parrothead said:

Sounds nice-  I like B&W speakers...  if your receiver has a separate Phono stage with its own input, then you do not need a separate phono preamp..   if it was from the mid 80s I'd guess it does- that would be the perfect old school system for a turntable

Thanks.  I'm not sure if the Denon's phono stage is the best.  Do you have a recommendation for a separate phono preamp?

TIA

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Just now, Klimtology said:

Thanks.  I'm not sure if the Denon's phono stage is the best.  Do you have a recommendation for a separate phono preamp?

TIA

i have the Rega Fono Mini 2D..  about $175 and works great..  a bonus (if you are into it) is it has a USB port so you can burn albums to your computer

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43 minutes ago, Parrothead said:

i have the Rega Fono Mini 2D..  about $175 and works great..  a bonus (if you are into it) is it has a USB port so you can burn albums to your computer

Any idea if it can be connected to a receiver?

 

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