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Old 05-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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I would collect more vinyl than CDs if they were more easily available to me and less expensive. Only one place in my town stocks vinyl and their selection is rather limited, after that I have to go to Dublin which is 1 and 1/2 hours away. Picking up dirt cheap second hand CDs is easy for me and I've found some great stuff over the past couple of years by chance at bargain prices.

I like the sound of a record over a CD, it makes the music sound warmer and more vibrant. This might be due in some part to my CD player (it's an old DVD player really) not being the best. Also the bigger artwork is a huge plus especially with gatefold vinyl.
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I would collect more vinyl than CDs if they were more easily available to me and less expensive. Only one place in my town stocks vinyl and their selection is rather limited, after that I have to go to Dublin which is 1 and 1/2 hours away. Picking up dirt cheap second hand CDs is easy for me and I've found some great stuff over the past couple of years by chance at bargain prices.

I like the sound of a record over a CD, it makes the music sound warmer and more vibrant. This might be due in some part to my CD player (it's an old DVD player really) not being the best. Also the bigger artwork is a huge plus especially with gatefold vinyl.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Gimme Vinyl! OK, a lot of my collecting is now more based on getting a lot of my 80's memories back, which usually results in going through the El Cheapo used bins (When it comes to The 80's, there's very little that's seriously collectable unless we're talking about those "Limited Edition" things or a rare Punk album), but still there's something about having that album in hand. To those into music of the pre-CD age, the original pressings - even those pressed on that infamous crappy vinyl some US companies were releasing their product on by the Late 70's - also give off that feeling of being there in a time when so many are content to just stream (nothing wrong with that, just mentioning it). The cover art completes the picture as well.

CDs are great for collections of 60's/70s's bands who's work you know you will never seriously get in full and the Industrial/Techno stuff and the Underground Metal albums I sometimes buy as it was all about The 90's for me (and usually the more rare and experimental the better). But besides the occasional find, it's vinyl for me in the long run...then again, I'm at the age where it just connects with me for those memories.

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The attached photo is me with the "Cards" from Three Dog Night's Seven Separate Fools album, the one with "Black and White" on it. Found the album for a dollar with the complete package and a nice conditioned vinyl. I read that they usually had inserted some poster in their albums on occasion (I think Suitable for Framing had one), but they are usually not found unless you get it at a higher price. Finding what's arguably Three Dog Night's best non-greatest hits album cheap in good condition with slight cover wear that actually fits the Playing Card style cover was pretty cool.

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Vinyl, absolutely no question about that. Vinyl hands down.

Anyone managed to find any real bargains on vinyl? I got Lodger, Scary Monsters, Let's Dance and Tonight (all Bowie albums) in great condition for four quid for all of them

Vinyl are more expensive but that's part of the enjoyment in my opinion, the chase and the sense of achievement when you manage to get one dirt cheap.
Now that's a bargain!!!
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Oh and good thread SR. x
Thanks mate! Personally, I don't think CDs get enough love. Even if vinyl has a deeper and "warmer" sound, CDs have a cleaner more "perfect" sound.
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I've considered that option but I'm slightly paranoid about ordering vinyl online. Do they come well packaged? I've ordered plenty of CDs off eBay and Amazon and I've had a few cracked cases.
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Thanks mate! Personally, I don't think CDs get enough love. Even if vinyl has a deeper and "warmer" sound, CDs have a cleaner more "perfect" sound.
For me, CD brings the listener to a lot of the details. Living in The US where albums were pressed in a cheaper way by the Late 70's, causing a lot of the sound to drop in quality by the end of the side, it's great to hear the songs in full fidelity.

I think that when it comes to "Prefect" sound, the more experimental CDs of the 80's and beyond are perfect for the format. Chris and Cosey's CTI experimental collaboration album Core introduced me to that concept as an owner of the vinyl and reading some of the notes on it. The packaging was great, but Industrial was interesting to me and the then-new tech sounded a bit lacking on vinyl after getting my first CD player. I used to be one of those Luddites who was always wishing for a Vinyl Dominated world - although getting the good stuff was always to my advantage in that way of thinking as something like a Cramps album was always value for the money in both packaging and music - but looking through the imports and reading about the "Brave New World" of Industrial of the time just broke the ice for me.

Plus, when it was affordable for Indies to press a CD, it created another "aura" (to use a pretentious word) to collecting, especially when the packaging went ecological. Sadly, I may have to go the Amazon route for those memories as a lot of the records stores around me lack in that area of music.
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What I find fascinating is that not too long ago, CDs were thought to be indestructible foreverware, while vinyl records were yesterday's trash you couldn't even give away to thrift shops or at yard sales.
Anyone remember laser discs?
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I've considered that option but I'm slightly paranoid about ordering vinyl online. Do they come well packaged? I've ordered plenty of CDs off eBay and Amazon and I've had a few cracked cases.
Yeah all of mine did. They came in proper vinyl packaging. If you don't mind the fact that they're not brand new then I'd say definitely try ebay.
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I mostly collect CDs but still buy vinyl when I can. New & reissues vinyl is definitely more expensive though I also pick up a lot of older albums at used record shops, flea markets and record shows for a good price. The biggest problem with buying more vinyl is I'm running out of room to store it. Thankfully digipacks are making storing CDs a lot easier as I don't care much for the jewel case.
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