Why buy Vinyl Records?
We don't know much about yet, but if you are here, there's a good chance you love music. And you want to experience your favorite bands and artists in more fullfilling, more permanent way. Either that or you love new and expensive ways of cluttering up your home.
If you're a music lover, collecting records can be an incredibly rewarding hobby that can help you experience your favorite artists the way that they wanted to be experienced. You'll make a few new friends and everyone will want to go to your home for movie or game nights because as a side effect of this Hobby, your going to wind up with the best audio rig within a 20 mile radius. But before you start waste time driving around the greater boston area, is this the right hobby for you?
So before we tell you all the great reasons why you should collect records, here are some great reasons why you should NOT.
A. You've heard that vinyl sounds better than digital formats, and you're looking for the best audio experience. A lot goes into creating a good music recording besides the medium type- how it was mixed, the quality of the medium type, the quality of the program/phonograph/CD player actually creating the sound, and of course, the receiver and speakers you're using. Great CD's are being made constantly by talented producers who know how to get the best out of digital formats like CD's and MP3's, and terrible producers from the 70's with no idea how their medium worked made terrible Vinyl records. Now there are some great reasons why Vinyl is better, and why we loved it so much we built a record shop in Littleton to share it with you, but they aren't as simple as, "Superior Quality."
B. You figured Vinyl would be a more cost effective way to collect music. Records vary in price based of many factors, but even if you find a pristine recording of your favorite artist for only 0.99, remember that before you can even enjoy that record, you'll need.
1. A Record player. Expect to pay at least $100.00
2. A hiqh quality sound system with high dynamic range, and a decent bass and tweeter. Expect to pay at least $100 for this, and probably much more.
3. A record cleaning kit, because a lot of the inventory you pick up will be dirty.
4. Wires to tie all this together. Oh, you thought you'd use bluetooth? Well the bluetooth's digital encoder will cause the sound to degrade-not enough, but enough to kill warm analog tones you bought the record for in the first place.
C. You listen to most of music while on the move. I do too- and I use my MP3's or my CD case for that. You're never going to get a record player to fit in the cup of your treadmill-I tried, I promise- and remember what we said above about digital quality degradation? Even with a super slick audio burner, your Record's won't sound the same when they are burned to your Iphone. They won't sound bad, but transfer will make them sound like any other MP3.
So why should you consider buy records anyway.
A. Well, it does actually sound better, most of the time. If the record was created originally on vinyl, it will have been mixed for vinyl, and any transfer method will, again, degrade the original recording. So while a Vinyl recording won't do much for Scrillex, if you want Freddy Mercury to literally come through your speakers and sing Fat Bottomed Girls directly to you, this is going to be the next best thing.
B. You want to own a piece of music history- There's nothing quite like holding an original pressing in your hands, looking over artwork good enough to be framed, this was the tool that allowed your favorite artist to earn the fame he or she richly deserves.
C. You want Recordings you cannot get anywhere else- Besides the whole quality issue, LP's have a variety of fun mix options that ad to the monetary and historic value. Different Track orders, international designs, different types of artwork, different sounds stemming from different ways the recording was mixed- an LP is going to be your best bet. Not to mention all those artists who were influential enough to be popular and respected in their day, but not popular enough to be re-issued on Itunes or CD.
To Sum Up:
We love this hobby, otherwise, we wouldn't have this business. That said, it isn't for everyone- which is why we also offer T-shirts CD's, DVD's, Buttons, And some fantastic poster reprints on aluminum. But before you sink several hundred into this, get a feel of the music you like and stop in to here the quality difference. And deffinitely check out our Spotify Samples- get a feel if you like what we have.
Of course, before you buy some records, you better check some artists that would be worth collecting. Here are some of our favorites on Spotify- see what you like before you buy (Yes, we know the quality ain't the same but I can't make a record pop through your internets).