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Old 05-02-2013, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so I've seen many people who collect vinyl and I've also seen many people who collect CDs. My question is, which hobby do you guys think is better? Which one do you prefer/practice?

Both side has it's pros and cons

Vinyl collecting:

PROS
-can go up in value
-you may prefer the sound
-they serve as art as well (the covers)
CONS
-substantially more expensive than CDs
-Take up more space
-sometimes can't find certain albums on vinyl

CD collecting:

PROS
-much cheaper than vinyl
-take up less space
-easier to upkeep and organize
-the format itself is much more versatile

CONS
-don't go up in value as much (unless they go out of print)
-much smaller so they don't serve as art as well as vinyl
-less "personal" (not as big, plastic cases, more digitized, etc)

Personally, I collect mainly CDs (I have a few vinyls though) because they are MUCH less expensive and are much easier to obtain. I also really like the versatility of them. I can bring them and play them in the car or I can burn them on my computer and put them on my iPod, neither I can do with vinyl.

What do you guys think? Which format do you collect?
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I get vinyl when available, but I also have a recording turntable. I hate how overly scratchy the sound is on it sometimes, but it's not a big deal.

One thing I hate about CDs is how susceptible they are to being out of commission with a few scratches. Vinyl are a little easier to deal with in that respect, unless you just beat the shit out of them.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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^True, but on that same note, CDs are much less expensive to replace (buy another copy of)

How many vinyl/CDs do you own Surell?
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Honestly, some are borrows from my parents, but my girlfriend's family just gave us a bunch of vinyl, so I guess i'd say we have about 40 or so vinyl that we own. CDs i'm not sure on, maybe about 20 or 30. That might be generous, but I've been getting more into vinyl and finding some good stuff for cheap at antique stores and in used sections and stuff. When I was buying CDs more i was still downloading a lot.

You are right about the price difference though it's still a pain in the ass. Also, CDs are more ready for transportation, where you have to go through a whole vinyl at a time with the recording process. Which is a pain in the ass. Too.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:30 AM   #5 (permalink)
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One thing I can attest to is vinyl being expensive. I'm practically broke because of my collecting. I try and get what I know I will like, so I don't end up having things that will clutter my room, and I invested in a decent turntable (which cost me a good amount). I only recently started to really expand my collection the last couple of years, I may have gotten at least 60-70 records with in the last year and a half, and I get a single each month from Too Pure's single club.

I'm a fan of music first, and a record collector second, so I don't rule out buying CD's, but I tend to gravitate more towards buying records if I have the option. I tend to listen to music on my computer more than my records, mainly because I like to listen to something again, and again, and again, and I don't want to wear down my records. Records provide a physical feel to a sonic art, and I actually have an "art piece" that has a 3" and 5" clear lathe cut record with various psychedelic artworks printed on high quality paper which are attached to a glossed cover and backing, which is housed in a pretty little cardboard box. A good deal of the records I have purchased also include posters, and large artwork booklets that I like to gaze at, so it feels a lot more fulfilling to have a record than a digital copy of something.

Here's that art piece I was talking about.
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I personally only buy CD's because that's much easier for me as I can't afford a proper record player or the more expensive vinyl.

But to be honest, I am not much of a collector at all, so I probably wouldn't go to vinyl even if I had money.
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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.
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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.
You had me worried about that one, for a second there I thought it might have been the "S" word that dabbles in Dubsteps.
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You had me worried about that one, for a second there I thought it might have been the "S" word that dabbles in Dubsteps.
Ah right. Before you edited that I spent a good 60 seconds thinking what you meant and maybe it was a joke that went over my head. Was gonna post but was too scared. Glad you cleared it up.
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Oh and good thread SR. x
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