So, you’re thinking of starting a vinyl collection?
Vinyl has had a big resurgence in recent years. It’s currently the fastest growing music format, with 2.1 million records sold last year.
Naturally, you might be tempted to find out what all the fuss is about. Here are a few things you need to know before you do…
You’ll need to make time to listen to music
In the digital age, a lot of us ‘enjoy’ our music on the move.
Vinyl can’t be enjoyed on the move. Instead, you have to sit down (or dance around, the choice is yours) and actually listen to an album from start to finish. Think of it like watching a movie or a TV show.
You’ll spend more money on music
Vinyl is more expensive than a CD or download, although some would argue it’s more rewarding. It also tends to have a higher resale value. It’s a good investment!
It doesn’t make music magically sound better
Although some people will tell you vinyl makes even the worst record sound like angels singing from heaven, it’s not strictly true. Your turntable, stereo and speakers are equally important, and you’ll need to train your ear before you pick up some of the nuances audiophiles enjoy.
In short, just enjoy the music for what it is and admire your pretty new record sleeves and lyric sheets at the same time.
You’ll learn a lot about speakers, pre-amps, needles and cartridges
If you want to get really serious about vinyl, you’ll need to check out a few AV blogs to learn about the art of building your own stereo system. It’s a lot of work and money, but it’s worth it.
Not all vinyl is the same
Unlike CDs, which you can just stick into a player and listen to, vinyl comes in different sizes and is designed to be played at different speeds too.
For the most part, albums are played 33 1/3 RPM, while some EPs and singles are played at 45 RPM. EPs and singles are often issued on 7 inch too. Just make sure you have your turntable set to the right speed before you play a record and you’ll be fine.
You won’t be leaving digital music behind forever
One of the biggest concerns for any new vinyl collector is how they’ll listen to music on the go. Don’t worry about it: most modern vinyl and even some older reissues come with a digital download code.
Storage is important
Vinyl should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Stand them up vertically, as stacking them can cause the record itself to warp.
Prepare to obsess over coloured vinyl and special editions
A simple record won’t be good enough. You’ll need the ultra-deluxe black-white-and-green vinyl limited to 10 copies, even though the music is exactly the same.
You’ll start talking to your Dad about music again
Although we’re getting to the point where even Dads didn’t listen to records, there is still a chance your Dad will have a lot of stories about his first record, and how music was better back then, and his collection of Europe vinyl and…
People will think you’re a hipster
Some people hear ‘vinyl’ and immediately assume ‘hipster’. These people are wrong. Probably.
Not everyone will want to hear about your record collection
There is a time and a place for bringing up your record collection. With musically like-minded friends? Great. Talking to the parents at a Christening? Not so much. Judge the situation wisely.
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