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Old 04-13-2013, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Difference Between A Hipster And A Record Collector

As a collector of records, I find that as soon as you mention you collect them to most people you automatically get labeled as a hipster. I'd like to discuss a few keys things I have noticed that are different between hipsters that buy vinyl and vinyl record collectors.

First off, the main difference I have noticed is numbers. For the record I take quality over quantity any day, but it is something I have noticed. Of the hipsters I have met, they tend to have very few albums, their individual collections rarely exceeding 40 albums and generally around 15-25 tops. Of the genuine record collectors I know, the collection is usually around 60-100. I personally had around 350 at one point, but due to needing some cash I had to sell quite a few. As it stands I am currently around 100-120.

Second, hipsters often state vinyl as their preferred listening method. I will agree with them that the quality is better, but it is not my preferred listening method. Lets face it, listening to mp3s on the computer or your portable mp3 player is a much more efficient method. After all, isn't that what technology is all about, advancing to make something easier and more efficient?

Lastly, the albums they do have tend to be either modern reprints of older artists that are popular among the high school/college crowd(For those of you that may have been out of school for a while these tend to be The Beatles, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Ramones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Grateful Dead, among others.) or newer artists that release albums on vinyl. For me, when it comes to older artists, everything must be an original pressing. Yes, some reprints have collector value, but generally an original pressing has the most value to a collector.

So my questions for you guys

1.Do you disagree with any of these, if so, why?
2.Are there difference or similarities you have noticed?
3.Are you either a hipster or a record collector? Neither?

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Old 04-13-2013, 08:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I only ever get original vinyls. Probably my earliest (and most valuable) is a first print of The Beatles' Please Please Me album. I generally hate hipsters and don't associate them with record collecting.
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and what kind of music does a hipster like?
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Collector, and you know how I know this because my vinyl sits in a bookcase my honey built for it.. and the player is broken... but it doesn't stop me from purchasing more more and more...maybe that means hoarder....I am not sure...
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A person who listens to music you haven't heard of and dresses differently than you do. In other words it means absolutely nothing.
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Hipsters annoy the hell out of me, and I would normally agree with you about the records but vinyl is kind of "coming back" so to speak, I know a lot of friends of mine have purchased new records from modern bands, and even bought turntables from me to listen to them. Not everyone with a small collection is a hipster so I would tend to dissagree with the number of records owned having any factor there ( I have 38 records, and I listen to every one of them, I would have more if money wasnt tighter) Its the ones who buy older records, good music, hard to find records just to say that they own them, or hang them on the wall.
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