Vinyl records are not dead. On the contrary, as music becomes increasingly digitized, sterilized, and neutralized, a growing number of purists are turning back to traditional vinyl records, which they consider to be of superior sound quality. In fact, many rock music icons are big proponents of the vinyl movement, including Mick Jagger, who co-produced the recent HBO television show about the 1970s music industry fittingly called Vinyl, and Neil Young, who is the founder and principal investor of a company called “PonoMusic” that seeks to replicate the sound of vinyl records through digital recordings. Along with Mick and Neil, there are many other vinyl enthusiasts who scour specialty record shops, flea markets, and search online for the perfect old school album or recording. If you’re wondering how to get in on the vinyl renaiisance yourself, here are 10 tips for starting your own record collection:
10. Get Yourself A Turntable
First thing’s first. You can’t start a vinyl collection without a turntable (or record player) to play the music on. This is easier than you might expect, as the resurgent interest in vinyl recordings has led to a revival in record player and turntable manufacturing. Many leading stores such as Target and Walmart are selling these devices, as are local record stores. These turntables are likely to be pretty generic and cost in the $75 to $100 range. If you’re truly serious about audio perfection, then you’ll likely want to visit a specialty stereo shop to buy a superior sound system. An upgraded record player can cost as much as $300; more if you add in equalizers, speakers, etc. Of course, you can also search online for vintage turntables, but this can be a risky proposition as it is difficult to determine the quality of the player without hearing it firsthand. You’ll definitely want to hear the record player before purchasing it.