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Personally, I have yet to shell out $30 bucks for any new vinyl release. So I’m not likely to shell out even more for an old one. But that is just me. I wish all my records could be magically and instantly converted to CD res FLAC and streamed. I’d still keep the records but perhaps never play one again.
Does that make me a bad audiophile?
Thanks Glupson for that nice, detailed, balanced review.
That is about as close as I’ve ever heard Glupson gush about anything hifi! So that record must have been totally awesome!
HE even cleaned the old copies for God’s sake. Well done!
Seriously though, I have ER CD and record. Haven’t spun the record in ages. THE CD is ripped to my library. A favorite track of mine is "She’s So Cold" which frankly sounds great for a recording of its kind and to me is just the Stone’s at their purest rocking/disco-y best! Awesome!
Take note SIr Glupson. This is how to gush on a high end audio site properly! Proper restraint and fairness may get you nowhere.
Also worth noting that mixes can be different on different releases of an album. CD or vinyl. So comparing two copies from two different releases, say one domestic and one foreign, may not necessarily be apples/apples in terms of comparing merely the physical quality of the record as opposed to the mastering that went into the recorded source material.
IS ER available on new vinyl? Probably digitally remastered if so. That versus a "white hot stamper" would be an interesting comparison. I’d wager old geezers would prefer the old copy and young whippersnappers the new one.
Poor man’s very effective manual record cleaning process:
Any good quality record cleaning solution will do but must use distilled water and something along the line of a old fashioned dishwasher brush.
It’s not going to be a fair comparison between a newly cleaned record in good shape and older ones that have never been cleaned? Maybe a record cleaning machine is a good investment before spending hundreds on another copy of the same record?
Or it can be done manually quite well with just a few tools and the right process.
Or some may prefer to just replace rather than clean. Whatever works best.
Goodwill can be a goldmine for old very high quality recordings from the real golden age of vinyl in the late 50 and early 60 that nobody wants anymore except audiophiles because they were very high quality recordings.
hifi and stereo was a new thing back then. People cared about the promise of better sound back then in the beginning so the recording industry did too.
PS the Goodwill gold mine for "white hot stamper" recordings is OUR little secret......don't tell anyone!!!
Fact is I get a lot more mileage out of my vinyl by digitizing and tagging it in my music library. It’s at my fingertips to play then wherever I go. Anywhere in the house or outside, in the car via CarPlay via Plexamp streamer or away typically with headphones. It’s a slam dunk. Sound quality is not an issue. I still keep all my records and CDs that I convert. Not getting rid of anything. Just no reason to bother to playa record more than once anymore which the records tell me they approve of. They are not fond of going through the ordeal of being played with that nasty stylus digging in throughout 🙏
They also stay clean longer this way. They are neat freaks you know! Delicate little buggers.
The only down side is it is still a time consuming process to do right but I got it down pretty good. I play both sides and it’s all a wrap within 15 minutes or so after. So many records still to go though. I only bother to convert the best copies.
Maybe I will see if I can stash and share a file somewhere so people interested can give a listen.
Glupson almost every record I own or buy is used and played but yes sometimes NEW vinyl historically may require a few plays to be their quietest. It depends.
I do clean most used records thoroughly before the big play unless on inspection it looks and then sounds like it is clean to start with. I hate when my digitized vinyl includes noise from the vinyl. It’s the only dead giveaway what the source was.
Then it’s always interesting to see if my Picard auto tagging software is able to scan and recognize the track I digitized and auto tag it. Sometimes yes sometimes no. Often I have to resort to other means like drag and drop to get things autotagged
I play records only once these days.......to convert to digital for future playback while I listen.
Some records are just too valuable to put through the ringer of being replayed repeatedly and risk of damage.
Does that make me a bad audiophile?
Once properly tagged the files link to a myriad of related information on the internet. I learn a lot about what I am listening to that way.
I can usually tell which version of a release I have several copies of is which by listening even when streaming off my music server.
Never dreamed these things would be possible back as a kid.
If you like a record enough of course you could buy many copies, keep them all and decide for yourself what to listen to and why. I have a few of those in the works. Maybe even sell your own designated “hot stampers”. You might decide that some are even “white hot”. No keeping the best one for yourself though. That would be very naughty!😼
Or if you want to pay top dollar for someone else that you trust to do that for you, then more power to you there as well. Enjoy!