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Does anyone else here collect vinyl records?

I have a collection of several hundred records that I started amassing in 2017. They're mostly classical and mostly used, since I purchased a lot of them at stores that charge $3-5 per disc, and at one store's annual sale where they charge only $1 per disc.

I wish vinyl weren't such an expensive hobby. I currently don't even own a turntable because I've been in the market for a new one and I've been spending money on other things.

For those who do listen, what kind of equipment do you have? How often do you listen to records?
I still have my collection from the 70s & 80s, and I don’t listen as often, but my AIWA turntable still works.
jackson55 · M
@bijouxbroussard Keep spinning that vinyl. LP’s are making a big comeback.
jackson55 · M
I have about 2000 LP’s. I play em on a VPI turntable through a McIntosh amp and pre amp. Speakers are Electro Voice century III.
SW-User
@jackson55 VPI and McIntosh…dream setup right there. Sounds amazing.
jackson55 · M
@SW-User You don’t need all that to play records. A decent turntable is all you need.
dubkebab · 51-55, M
I've been collecting records since I was a kid,never stopped,even when it wasn't cool.
I became a radio DJ in 1987 and got lots of free promos that way.
I have lost huge collections a few times due to life stuff,stupid people and poor choices.
Not sure how many thousand I've got,but it's an unhealthy ammount.I see a few purges in my near future,especially with the prices being what they are lately...Much of the fun has been sucked out of the hobby for me,but I still find gems here and there...
My favorite TT is the Techniques T1200 sitting in the garage in need of repair.I use a few crummy USB models around the house along with a newer Audio Technica through a cheap Optimus amp but through spiffy Auratone monitors.My PA runs 2 800 watt Carvin (or Crown?) amps through an array of speakers,mainly JBL's.I almost never play vinyl out (apart from my radio show) unless I'm showing off.
I mainly buy used CD's lately cos they are so abundant,cheap and durable.I'm sure they outnumber my vinyl stacks at this point.

Just yesterday I got a stack of postcards from 1959,Portugal which are also 78rpm records.For a dollar,buried in a box of junk at a library sale.Made my day,haha.I like weird cultural ephemera like that. Thanks for asking.
SW-User
Twice in the past for various reasons I have given away my Vinyl collection. The first time would have been when they would now be quite valuable - early Rolling Stones, The Who etc etc, all 60's stuff. Now I just have CD's and a collection of music cassettes.

Now I do a stint on the tills at an Oxfam Book and Music Shop, in the Vinyl, CD, DVD, Sci-fi section. A little paradise where I can listen to some good sounds on a pretty good system that can play all sorts of media.

A few photos......


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And the singles......


Some of the more valuable are locked up behind glass.
CestManan · 46-50, F
I have maybe 100 or so. I am kind of picky about the ones I get.
Thrift stores always have them but they are junk no one wants like Andy Williams, 101 strings, or those sh*tty firestone christmas albums.

Turntable is an Audio Technica AT-LP120XUSB that I bought in 2017 IIRC.
SW-User
@CestManan Yes, good ones at thrift stores are rare. Also have to check each disk for obvious scratches.
CestManan · 46-50, F
@SW-User Sometimes I have found something sufferable from the 80's though.
Sometimes they are okay or good but sometimes they look like someone skidded them across a sidewalk.
smiler2012 · 56-60
{@anthony453] yes i have some forty five vinyls of songs i like and have collected from second hand shops and charity shops . alas i am like you have no longer a player and since i got a computer i watch and listen too music on you tube and spotify so they the records are in a box redundant
fun4us2b · M
Yup, glad you're enjoying them - I have a nice Rotel turntable and a nice system - CD has great range, but Vinyl has a crunchy quality to it - I like both.. since I have albums I bought in the 70s -90s (maybe 300) including classical, that still sound great.
Sidewinder · 36-40, M
My father had a large collection of records for a long time. In my teenage years, they gradually became my collection.
alongalone · M
Hi, I bought a rare 2X vinyl just today, so will need to acquire a record player(s) again.
dubkebab · 51-55, M
@alongalone Which record?
Livingwell · 61-69, M
I have an old school Optonica RP-4705 turntable, Ortofon cartridge, and a rebuilt Sherwood CP-602 amp. I bought these in high school. I have a pretty good collection of 70's-80's records and have bought a few new Lps to replace some damaged ones. Love the sound. And some of the old records go for $100+. If you look around, you can find some decent equipment at a good price. Lots of online discussion too. I listen to my vinyl quite often. Both new and old artists.
eli1601 · 70-79, M
I still have all my albums and 45's I bought in the sixties and seventies.
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Scribbles · 31-35, F
I think vinyl collections are cool and having a turntable to listen to them (hopefully you find one that is a good price) is really cool. But I'm personally not interested in cluttering up my house with a collection or in collecting in general. I'm pretty content with my Spotify and electronic playlists.
I still have all of mine from way back in the day.
DiegoWolfe · 36-40
I have a lot of vynil stickers....
Tres13 · 51-55, M
Mathers · 61-69
I gave up listening to vinyl years ago as it was so much trouble and they are damaged so easily
originnone · 56-60, M
I don't collect; why do you? Is it just the novelty?
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@originnone It’s just something I like. The sound of a record is unique and I enjoy listening to music that way. I still listen to music through my phone and computer, but analog audio is special.
Bibipat · F
No but one of my neighbors does.
Human1000 · M
I have my original old ones and occasionally have gone to the ol' vinyl store.
caesar7 · 61-69, M
Yes...I do. I have over 400 albums so far. Most are original labels also. I don't play them much anymore but preserve my most prized ones with anti-static sleeves and plastic covers.

 
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