Vinyl playback is still a secret

Over the last two years I have encountered many baby boomers with vinyl collections who did not know that vinyl was alive and well. Most could not believe that one could buy a new cartridge or replace a TT. What has struck me most is how none of these people would sell me their collection of LPs. Their records represent too many precious memories(even when records have not been played for 20 years).

My point is that mainstream consumers need to become more aware of the revitalization of analog. Articles and advertisements for analog products and accessories must be more apparent through the popular press. Sterophile, Absolute Sound, HiFi News et al. as well as websites such as Audiogon essentially reach the true believers and not the population at large.

Somehow, the popular press barrier must be breached if analog is to become truly vibrant and "cool" again.
The New York Times has had a number of articles regarding the resurgence of vinyl and the premature announcement of vinyl's death. I don't think they care at this point. CDs are so compact and convenient. I really get frustrated when they tell me their collection is in storage or in the dank dark basement and say "you can really still buy turntables?" as if it's such a quaint idea.
who cares if it ever becomes "cool" again to the mainstream. if people are too caught up in what's cool, they don't deserve the pleasure of vinyl. let them believe that the latest and greatest from the mall's ht store is what it's all about. maybe the more they think like that, eventually they'll be ready to sell their records to folks who actually get it.

of course, probably the majority of records owned by these people are not something id want to own anyway...
I've got tons (well, lots) of audiophile vinyl that I never use. I spent heavy money on this stuff and can't see giving it away (yeah, you LOVE vinyl but only at bargain basement prices).
I'll hold on to it until prices start going up or until hi-def recording arrives (e.g. SACD).
I should catalog the collection someday (total about 500 LPs). Most in like new condition (except those from my "yoot" -wouldn't sell those anyway) 30% audiophile quality.
Miles, Who, Black Sabath, Hendrix, Classic "Living Presence", Chesky, the whole nine yards.
NOW I know why I poor!
No no no... vinyl for the masses??? never.
They ARE tossing out those LPs... after 20 years the idea of ever playing them again dims. So the LPs wind up on the used market. Millions of LPs floating in the marketplace means LOW PRICES...
If the LP soddenly became a big 'thing' vinyl prices would follow skyward.
I have been grabbing all I can..... cheap!!!
Gotta go with Sberger and Elizabeth here. Who cares about the rest not knowing. Keep it the best kept secret and they'll be more records for us!...

Hey Dweller..."whats a yoot"(My cousin Vinny!!LOL!!)

BTW come on...sell some of your lp's to us! We can help make you solvent again!
I have tons of vinyl but will never play it or sell it. I will not invest the time or effort it takes to play vinyl well. SACD is just too good to even consider it.

Tons of Vinyl ??....Never play it or sell it?? Then why keep it at all?? or do you just want to deprive the rest of us who do think it's worth the effort to realize excellent 2 channel playback of LP's. Sure, SACD does sound good, but Properly done Analog is just too good to even concider starting a SACD collection _IMO:)
The secret is that hoarding unplayed vinyl only leads to more minty vinyl on the market after you croak.
The "good stuff" all comes from estates where the 10,000 LP collection left by the dearly departed audio-nut is up for grabs at ten cents per LP...
MY SUGGESTION: play the hell out of it now, while you still can!!!
My aquisitions are getting spiffed up... so when I croak, it will go back into the world all shiny and clean, with new inner sleeves and 5mil outer covers!!!
I believe the original poster made a comment about memories plus I have some old original releases that I do not want to part with.

Please make sure you store those treasures properly... So when you croak someone will have a ball!!!
'Prolly not me, but someone will play the hell out of them eventually!
Have 'em buried with you??
A woman who I used to work with and who knew of my vinyl habit told me two weeks ago she was having a huge yard sale of items that were her 80+ year old father's. I reminded her that I had a vinyl interest and she said her father had about 300 albums from Cuba (she was born there and left when we put Castro in power), some Tango from Argentina, and some Salsa from Brasil, all vintage. Well last week she contacted me to tell me that her sister had left the albums in the house for the junk man to trash. Lucky junk man!
Today on Sunday Morning (CBS) the resurrection of the turntable was as an instrument and not for playback!!

Beyond the argument of sound quality or convenience, the major problem with SACD/DVD for me has been the need ti start a new disc library of software that often already own on CD or LP.

When I returned to vinyl a few years ago, I immediately had about 700 records to explore and rediscover without spending an additional penny. What a marvelous adventure it has been - simply addictive. Of course I have since spent many more pennies on new records, but I am still trying to clean and catalogue all the records I own.

If and when I follow the SACD route, I doubt that I will purchase software I already own unless its a must have version of somethng precious to me. When most software is released routinely as new on hybrid discs, I will probably make that decision.

I think many new people, if informed and excited, will flock to vinyl because they already have the software. Reentering the hobby will inspire more purchases of new LP's as well as used records, which will provide more market incentive for record companies to release current music on vinyl as well as CD. That is good for everyone.


Your comments were Hilarious....A good way to start off the day!!!!!!!!!

If the trend continues, we might be in for a letdown. Vinyl seems to be making a comeback. There are more new pressings available and the new products available speak for themselves. Prices are likely to be effected.

I am a fan of old Denon turntables and the 103 series of cartridges. I have written to Denon marketing about the increasingly active analog market, only to be ignored. Interestingly enough in this months Stereophile analog corner a Denon rep commented about how the initial alotment of Denon's DP500M turntable has been sold out. Apparently way ahead of their projections.

If Denon woke up I'd be very pleased. I'm not sure if the smaller specialized manufacturers would agree, but the audiophile consumer would benefit regardless of whether they buy Denon or not.

IMHO, if you're into analog, the 70's and 80's were a much better period than now, but its starting to get interesting again.

See Ya,
Elizabeth, I believe you just might inspire me to spin the black circle again. At least my old favorites. It does seem kind of crazy to let them just sit in the closet. I think I'm going to give it a whirl for a few weeks just to experience it again. Then, if it seems like too much trouble I might sell some of what I got.

I don't think there is any chance ,though, of vinyl making any big comeback in the marketplace.
Wild - I was in the same position a few years back. It was either stop hauling the then 2,000+ LP's when moving and sell them or buy a front end to do them justice. Now I have about 3,500. If you ultimately decide it is not the road for you, I have room for more! :-)
I buy Lp's mainly because they are available cheeply, and my intrusts in music are mainly in jazz and classical. As for increasing its popularity- I prefer to keep it cheep. Though I would be intrusted to know where you find new pressings- well aware of their existence, I have never acutally seen them for sale.
Shhhhhh, keep it a secret! Last thing I need is to have all the great vinyl gems out there being snatched from under my nose by fairweather fad jumpers! No, we have to keep to ourselves here, heehee ;) Now all you digiphiles, just go ahead and keep playing your gold and silver discs--you were right, digital IS better, so kindly drop me an email and I'll let you know to what address you can send me your old, dusty LPs =)

BTW I bought my Gyro from a very kind gentleman who was clearing space and raising funds for up-and-coming digital revelations. A few days after I received the turntable, he sent me an email to see how I was getting along. If I recall correctly, his exact words were "I want it back!!" with a sobbing emoticon ;)
Am I the only person here who listens, with no complaints (that I dont attribute to my playbeck system), to both lps AND cds?
As long as you don't call THAT a complaint, Zy. :-)
vinyl as mainstream source is dead...the current trend is toward ipods and home theatre.

sorry about the truth, it hurts...however..vinyl as a audiophile source looks great !!!! there are alot of new turntables and phono stages.

this is a good trend... a positive move with the audiophile community will spill over into the consumer..though i think it will be small in the consumer.

i own a marantz sacd player and a sota star...the software that is available for the turntable outstrips the the sacd player.

just leave some records left for me when you find a stash !!!!
Not a complaint. Not about the relative quality of the media at any rate. But such rivalry serves no real purpose. Another example of it is the rivalry that exists between proponents of various weapons in fencing. I favour the foil, by the way. But each style has its benefits that appeal to people of different tastes and strengths. None us uniformly superior.
Wildoats - Why did you ever leave the black circle? :-) I grew up on digital and still can't believe how much more organic LP playback is versus redbook CD. The only complaint I have it why did it take so long for me to finally jump in? Evidently word IS spreading since I'm starting to see more 20-somethings (and younger?) at the used record stores and thrift shops. Amazing!
Well Zy1234, I don't see many new classical pressings anywhere. Much to my dismay since I am a huge classical lover. Not at the brick and mortar stores and not at the online stores. There are the occasional reissues, but usually I can find an original for less money if I wait long enough. I never see anyone going through the used classical bins.

Were you referring to new pressings of classical and jazz? Or were you referrings to new pressings, period? If you mean the latter I find them all of the time.

link to a post where I shop
Classical and Jazz.
Hey I saw a record player on SEX IN THE CITY twice! Who says Vinyl isn't cool?;)-~
I'm surprised that the RIAA is not up in arms about all the 'free' music being grabbed up by vinyl hunters?? The LPs at the thrifts are nearly free... ;^)
And for a pittance you can get the finest music ever recorded!
Who wants to 'download' when I can go find incredible music just laying around... nearly for free?? (In case you didn't hear me smirking about this before... I got well over two dozen sources of cheap vinyl within a ten minute freeway drive)
If I can get around to solving my storage problem, (shelving) I would buy ANOTHER 7,000 LPs.
If you have THAT many sources for pittance-priced LP's why, pray tell, do you complain about the "$10 junk" on Audiogon? ;-)
Who EVER said women were logical???
I complain because the sellers probably aquired the stuff for the same prices I get it for, and turn around and try to get $10 for the exact same $0.18 stuff I can find by the 100's any and every day. IF they would sell it for say $3.00 I would not gripe, but ten is just a rip... AND MOST FOLKS KNOW IT!! notice they never sell anything??? Maybe they figure "Hey cable sellers can do it, why not me?"
The folks selling at $4 on the goN' are ok by me.
I believe they call that Captitalism, Elizabeth. ;)-~
Hey Chuck, anytime you want to borrow my Sony linear tracker to renew your love of some old records just let me know! The Sony is ready to go....even have a new cartridge to mount on it! No charge!
:-( I wish I had the source of used vinyl that you have Elizabeth. You are truly lucky. Locally, I think the Cleveland area prices have been going up.
They are going up in the Bay Area, California, too. Goodwills and other thrifts have gone from their LONG standard 99 cents to $1.99. The dollar bin at one music store is getting increasingly less populated. Once the mostly $2.49 LP's are now 3.99 - $4.99's are $6.99, and so on. Plus, you don't find those mint first pressings as often for a dollar. The staff is getting more careful to weed out based on condition, pressing, etc.

You can still find real values at the thrifts (I found a mint first pressing Buckingham-Nicks two weeks ago for a buck), even they are getting wise. Where I live you NEVER see 50's/60's jazz at the thrifts unless they are TRASHED. Someone is sifting through and selling them elsewhere. I have no real problem because the money goes to those that need it much more than do I need a cheap record.

Still, even at $7.99 for a NM LP, it is cheaper and better than CD's, and FAR cheaper then buying some of the new re-releases. Here is one reason for us to HOPE that vinyl comes back strong. More sales will mean cheaper unit prices, eventually.
AROC, when cd came out I abandoned vinyl and really haven't looked back until now (20+ years). When I first heard the Beatles on cd I liked the cd version better. I don't discount what those who prefer vinyl say, however, my experience when doing comparisions of the same recording on vinyl and cd, is I usually like cd better. I have preferred vinyl over poorly recorded cd, but prefer cd when it is recorded well. To me, cd is closer to live music.

Nevertheless, why not give vinyl a try. I've got about 300 lps, it will be nostalgic fun to give them a spin. If I still choose cd I doubt that anyone who prefers vinyl will care. More for them, right.
I used to argue that it is much easier to design a bad turntable than a bad CD player. Certainly at the low end of the price spectrum. A crap turntable with a crap arm and a crap cartridge will sound.... crappy. Today, I'm not so sure there are any crap turntables on the market (just so long as you steer clear of the stuff made for DJs). Not that I go around looking for crap turntables.

It is true, though, that there is a price threshold that has to be broached before you can assemble a vinyl source (table, arm, cartridge & preamp) that will do the busines for you, and at that price you can purchase any one of a number of competent CD players. But only the vinyl player will let the soul of the music out. At least that is my experience.

P.S. my early and limited exposure to SACD is very encouraging.
I carried a couple hundred albums around for about 25 years, finally bought a cheap dj tt for 130$and 60$ cart,liked what Iheard enough to spend 3000$About 3 months later to get a nice TT and phono preamp,money very well spent,Im hooked nice 3D sound,,
My easy collecting days will end eventually, as all the stashes get dumped. The folks whose TT's died ten years ago, are finally throwing out those LPs in my part of the country. Other areas went sooner... Soon, all the LPs will be tossed out. Then all that will be left are rummage sales of the deceased audiophiles.
Just as other superceeded technologies got discarded, ie typewriters... (for awhile you could find IBM Selectrics in perfect working order at thrifts for $10) Now they are gone. Turntables are a rarity also. For awhile they also were very common at the thrifts.
LPs will dry up where I live too, soon enough.
I'm getting all I can, while they last! My wild guess is that I will have another two years of good hunting here, then the great LP dumping will be a part of folklore here too.
Elizabeth,I got lucky ,found a thrift shop that has albums,and the women that works there says she has more being droped off almost every day,I bought 3 Heifetz LPs there for 50 cents each in near mint condition,it might be due to the fact that I live in Fla which has a large population of Retirees,lots of albums from 50s to 70s every now and then some 78s show up,
Problem I have with most of my older vinyl is I am really not much interested in listening to rock and roll anymore. The Crazy Horse stuff, CSNY; yawn..been there and all that. Floyd every now and then is OK. I've been out acquiring quite a few jazz albums; amazing how many can be found brand new these days for around ten bucks an album.

As for albums for ten cents; I wish. The used records here are between a buck and 10 depending on condition/desirability. Some records are quite a bit more as you all know. Try to lay your hands on a copy of "Atom Heart Mothers"....

Hi There
Here is another reason for vinyl,many of the cds available are remastered from 20- 30 year old master tapes ie: reissue from 2000 onwards and due to ageing tapes the high resolution shows up the faults quite badly, having copies of lps that are rarly played sound supierior, dont get me wrong i have 100s of cds but as an example my zepplin 1 lp of 18 years still sounds better than the cd version. hey i even recorded the lp onto minidisc and its better than the cd ,how strange.
I have talked at length, i.e. more than TEN minutes, to no less than sixty people still with vinyl with no tt. Mostly on airplanes and as dinner guests, they axpress near rapture wrapped in sentiment about either the old days or about how astoundingly good my system is (and believe me brother, it ain't). They all wander off with visions of restoration but I have never heard back again of any one doing so.
Well, a month ago I posted that I was going to play my old lp's again after not doing so for about 20 years. If I didn't really get off on it, I was going to sell them.

I'm not going to sell them. You'll have to pry them from my cold dead fingers (or buy them for a pittance at the estate sale since my relatives won't remember that I told them they are wonderful).

Does this mean I think lp's are better than cd's? I'm still evaluating, and will go back to cd's for a stretch after this. But I think it doesn't really matter.

It is a good feeling to know that I am not a total idiot. Back in the 70's and early 80's I bought a shitload of all my favorite lp's and decided to record them on tape. Then I put them away, as I started to buy these new things called cd's. Didn't touch them again until now. I didn't quite realize what exactly I had until I went through them (Boy, was that fun). Virtually a who's who of the great 60's and 70's music with a few jazz gems like "Saxophone Colussus", and "Duke and All-Star Road Band."

Some of the more beat up lp's that i thought were toast, I cleaned up. Just Ivory soap and water, but I had never known about this type of fairly thorough cleaning before (I use to just put a drop or two of cleaning fluid on the brush and spin the record).

I must say that the old toasted lp's regained a lot of their former glory. The thing I forgot, and now really notice is the lack of listening fatigue. My ears don't ever hurt at all when listening to lp's. I also found that the snap, crackle, and pops don't bother me much. It is true that there is something about listening to vinyl. It has been a treat. I've found myself singing along with the album, totally into it.

Nothing wrong with listening to both cd's and lp's from now on. I'm glad i have the choice without having to buy anything. Instead of passing by those used record stores, I'll be popping in, but only to buy a FEW. I think i might investigate a record cleaning machine too.
I missed my favorite sale last Sunday at the local Synagogue. it was reported to me they had 15 boxes of LPs at 10 cents per album. I did however manage to score six crates of LPs (~350 Lps,60s rock and jazz) from a neighbor this past Saturday. She wanted $20.00 but I gave her $75. I do have to live with myself and she has neighbors. Now all I need is the time to listen to them all!