It’s one of the greatest come backs for vinyl records after nearly 2 decades. They’ve been on top of record seller’s priority list these days. In the past few years, there has been a record-breaking improvement in the sales of turntables as well as vinyl records. And why not since, they’re the ones having the privilege of storing and running the first copy of the original sound.
This is the Best Time to Start Your Record Collection
- Now, you don’t need to browse vintage markets anymore, or find specialist stores to get your favorite albums, because major music stores in almost every other place are now stocking them happily.
- Singers and artists from the past knew the potential of vinyl records, but now, modern artists have also realized this, so apart from releasing digitally, they’re also using vinyl format to large extent.
With a large number of choices, there’s no better time than today to start collecting vinyl records at your own place.
Hang On! Should You Trust Me?
If you want to know my interest in vinyl, I love everything about them. And there are four reasons to write this post:
- I love how they look and how they feel
- I like the sound of the needle when it makes that funny sound while moving over the record.
- I’m more interested in the ritual of buying albums according to the people and the events.
- I am quite lucky, I have a life partner who’s a music enthusiast and owns a massive collection of vinyl albums.
You can say, I am too lucky to have saved my efforts in researching too much to write this post, because I already have someone who can provide in-depth knowledge about vinyl collection.
So, brace yourself up for a heavy dose of information, if you want to build a large record collection. This post will surely get you started.
Starting with Turntables – How to Choose
Since vinyl records have regained popularity, you don’t have to go search places to get the turntable. In fact, the best way to find a great turntable is the internet. There’s a whole range of turntables for audiophiles, pros, DJs and beginners. In fact a plug-n-play turntable can be bought at around $100, or may be less than that.
#1. Search Online:
Your concern is valid, since we value the phrase, “What comes so easily may be odd”. Moreover, you’re making an investment, so you may want to try it before purchasing. Go ahead and search reputable e-commerce stores, such as amazon.com that offers a wide variety of turntables. You shouldn’t compromise on quality so, you have to go through all the specs and FAQs before making the right purchase.
Let’s make it a little easier.
- Scroll down to the customer review section and read latest reviews. Be rational and look for technical information according to your appetite. Go ahead and read as many reviews as you can.
- When you made up your mind, scroll up to the Q&A section and get more information about the features.
- Finally, go to the top and read the information again. You should also see the warranties associated (to relieve yourself).
- Still having doubts? Switch to the next product. And repeat the entire process till you nailed the best one.
#2. Meet the dealer
You can discuss with the dealer and find out what kind of equipment suits you. Personally speaking, you should look for the cheapest option available. You can always upgrade your device with the growth of collection. Such as:
- You can replace and upgrade the motor
- The needle can be replaced and upgraded
- The magnetic cartridge is also replaceable
- You need to replace the belt (for belt-driven turntables) after certain period.
When it comes to music stores with vinyl records, most of the big ones have already taken this route, dedicating a separate place for records. However, if the local music store has enough stuff to fulfill your desire, there are many other venues you can visit and buy your records.
Once again, you can go online (Amazon, Craiglist, Ebay and more!) and choose from the tons of choices on e-commerce sites. This is the most inexpensive and time-effective way to grow your vinyl record collection. Plus, there’s more to it:
- These stores offer discounts and deals throughout the year.
- These stores also offer products at cheaper price, compared to other music stores dedicated only for records.
- If that’s your lucky day you can get a some valuable pieces of music at a great bargain price.
If you were me living in a place from where you have specialized stores offering one-on-one customer service, you’d probably settle for a little higher price for records. Shopping at these stores not only give you special feeling, but also add to your knowledge about music.
- You’ll learn about new bands hitting the scene
- You’ll get valuable advice about old records you should or shouldn’t run
You have to go to vintage store if you want to grow your collection quickly. But don’t pick just buy any record out of excitement, since they’re way cheaper. Always take your time and inspect the record thoroughly.
- It should feel smooth
- It should not have deep scratches
- It should not be warped
Record collectors organize events and display their collections. Every once in a while, there pops up a market for record for music enthusiasts. There you can bargain some valuable scores for your collection.
- Search Google for such events and fairs in your area.
- Ask the store owner in your town about an upcoming event
Finally – Choose your records wisely
Now, you know how to buy and where to buy turntables from. You’re sure about the places to find best music. It all comes down to your choice where you should start with respect to albums.
I would recommend you to keep things simple, and make them simple when they start to become complex. If you still need explanation, here are few tips to start collecting your vinyl albums:
- You can get started with Hip Hop collection – Jay Z, The Fugees, The Streets etc.
- You can begin your collection with Jazz, Soul or Reggae music – James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley etc.
- Then there’s Indie music to give you a nice smooth start – MIA, Phoenix, Arctic Monkey etc.
You can start from anywhere including the rock, folk and pop. Or you can have at least two records of each genre. That’ll be great for a good start!