Well if they are much older, then it is an even worse problem as old tape machines had seriously limited top-ends, as did the cutting machines, etc. etc.
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Mine were mostly bought from the late 40s to the 80s range. I don't doubt you are right but lack of overtones is one of a host of problems sound assembled from samples has.
I have not that many records left, gave most of them to my son when he manifested an interest and I was not really in a position to play them well. Now I have a modest record capacity and regret giving them away.
My Digital setup is much nicer than what I had before and I am getting great results from it, playing files from an NVMe SSD. They are even nicer from a RAM Disk but that;s another can of wriggly things.
My system consists of the following:
ANALOG- Pro-Ject 2Experiance turntable with a Sumiko Blue Point #2 cartridge, Pro-Ject Phono Box S and the Pro-Ject Speed Box S (about $1700) to a Sherbourn PT-7030 Analog input.
DIGITAL- Bluesound Vault 2 (optical out) to Oppo 105 (digital in) Balanced Outputs to the Sherbourn Balanced inputs. (about $1800 for a Music Direct demo Vault and new Oppo).
All run through an Emotiva UPA-700 power amp to AV123 Strata Mini front speakers (I probably need more power to my front speakers).
I have a couple of albums/CD's, where I own the album (some new in great condition, some 30 to 40 years old still in pretty good condition) and the cd burned to my Vault music server as well as a HD downloaded to the Vault.
I have had friends come over and ask about the turntable and how it sounds. Before I got the Oppo the turntable just blew away my digital setup, once I added the Oppo the demo became a lot closer. It was really close with the HD downloads. But no one has EVER thought the digital system sounded better than the analog system. Most can’t really but into words what exactly the difference is it just sounds better. All that being said it’s hard to beat the connivence of using the digital system. Hit the Bluesound icon on the harmony remote and about 60 seconds later you’re up and running. BUT when I just want to listen to GREAT sounding music I default to the analog system.
Give a listen to modern MSB R2R dacs and you might find that digital can sound natural and real; Sure surprised me. The engineers designed these dacs with a laser focus on technical accuracy (ie measures superbly) and the sonic results that follow are stunning; purely neutral, natural, and plainly real sounds. Percussion rings true...on and on.
Go have a listen!