Record collecting versus hoarding

At what point does "collecting" records become hoarding? Unless you are in the business of selling records either primarily or even secondarily, why do so many people here talk about having 2,3,4,6,10,000 records and CDs? It's not stamps or coins.

Let's say you listen to records 15 hours a week (a good estimate for me) that equates to about 750 hours a year or 1000 records a year. I like to listen to mine at least once every three months - I have 300 records and change. In the rare instance when I replace one for a better sounding one (I've done it maybe 4-5 times), I immediately sell the old one - with only one exception. The Sgt Pepper UHQR. I already had it on the Beatles Collection and do occasionally listen to it when I want a treat. It does sound better than the regular Mofi one, which sounds great to me.

Why would you have multiple copies of the same record and not just listen to the best sounding one and sell the rest?

Why would you want records you listen to less than once a year?

Maybe some people listen a lot more than me (and replace cartridges/styli pretty ofter or have a bunch of them)?

The reason I bring this up is because Acoustic Sounds is releasing Steely Dan's studio albums from the 1970s on their UHQR brand (not sure how they now own the name and not Mofi, but that is not the point), I am a huge fan and will be getting a few of these overpriced (IMHO) records, which will replace a few of my non-audiophile (except the Aja Mofi) records. I plan to sell the Aja Mofi immediately after getting the UHQR, which I am sure will sound much better. That is worth a few bucks, but the others I sell should be worth $10-15 in trade at a record store.

Anyone with records they play less than once a year or keep multiple pressings of a single album, please let me know your rationale.

Are you a hoarder? Too lazy to get rid of them? Like the way they decorate your room?


It was just the higher the hi-fi, the smaller the collection. Kind of a predictive theory. The extreme is one stereo dealer I know complaining that the crazy audiophiles that keep him in business only want to play Brubeck’s Time Out and see which wire sounded better. That’s the extreme.

It kind of makes sense in that the larger collections were built in most cases by acquiring other collections where  the acquirer has no control over the SQ of each record. Audiophiles would not typically be happy with that.

Spreadsheet?  I don' need no stinkin' spreadsheet.  It's all in my head.  I have three record storage areas on the first floor of our house and 3-4 more racks in the basement.  In each location, LPs are arranged by alphabetical order according to musician, if jazz or R&B instrumental, or according to vocalist, if jazz or R&B vocal, or according to composer, if classical, or according to movie title, if movie soundtrack.  But in my head is the idea of where in what cabinet or shelf on which floor of the house, to look for a particular LP.  Making a spreadsheet would take much too much time.  Soko, you must be particularly anal (the opposite of a hoarder) if you both keep a spreadsheet AND bother to sell LPs not in your regular rotation.  That's perfectly OK by me, but you should accord the same tolerance to collectors or hoarders who hang on to thousands of LPs, if it makes them happy.  For me, I can say it does.

@sokogear -guess what? the stuff in a collection I don't want gets sold, traded, etc. 

1) There are always exceptions to every rule.

2) My exact quote was: "Within my circle of friends." That's what's known as a "small sample size."