Daily Archives: June 17, 2022
The logo above, on my new t-shirt, is for The In Groove Record Store in Phoenix, AZ the owner Mike does a great Youtube view channel with over 7 million viewers! His channel along with Jack Graham’s Straight Talk with Jack, and New Record Day are some of my favorites to watch. Jack got me back into LPs by gifting me a very nice turnable and cartridge and I’ve started to amass a small collection of records. I say small because it is nothing like Jack’s over a thousand! I still haven’t filled my box that will hold only 50! Before you consider getting into this form of listening, I have a few warnings!
- It’s expensive, LPs that used got to less than $10. are now anywhere from $20. to $60. and many collectable ones for far, far more!
- A recent video by Mike was also distressing as he discussed how many pressings of the LP, Rumors by Fleetwood Mack were available and many were of poor quality. Figuring out which ones to buy is no small thing. It is not always apparent from looking at just the record jacket, (the cardboard sleeve the record comes in).
- LPs can be damaged while playing or handling them, far more delicate that a CD or tape.
- If you enjoy just certain tracks or cuts in a record, skipping around is much more difficult than pushing a button on the CD player remote!
- Because half of the songs are on a second side, once again, getting to that song requires removing the record and turning it over! I know that sounds like a pretty lazy excuse, but hey we are very used to convienence!
- Lots of used records are available and fun to try to find and less expensive to buy, but unless you really know what you’re doing, getting them great condition can be a challange and you’re always taking a chance!
- The ritual of dusting and cleaning your records before they are played is also one more step between you and your music!
- Analog records have a certain sound that is very, very pleasant. It’s not more accurate, just has a great sound, less sterile than many CD’s and streamed music. Your choice of amplifiers and speakers can help with the more clinical sound of digital music but I have to admit, a great LP of the same music, if properly mastered and pressed, has a great warm full sound, that I love!
- The same disadvantage of all the things you need to do, makes the listening even more rewarding. you’re more likely to get lost in an LP and let it play all the way to the end, and after all that is some the great pleasure of a collection of performances!
- If you are convinced that a record simply sounds better, then that is the reward of listening to an LP! I’m still slightly on the fence on that one, but I really do enjoy them!
- Liner notes and a wealth of information about the artists can make your musical experience all the richer.
So in the end, what are my final thoughts? I simply love music and I really love the hobby of the gear, I enjoy comparing speakers and headphones to one another. I have three sets of speakers in my listening room and over a dozen different pairs of headphones, I love them all, but they are all different and it is that difference that keeps things fresh! My main source material is CD’s, I went rather wild during the hey day of CDs and collected well over two thousand. With Apple Music I have hundreds of albums from a great variety of artists and the lossless files from my iPad Pro sound fantastic! Unlike Jack who is a musician and knows a great deal about jazz, my tastes runs quite wide. from Bluegrass to Classical, Symphonic to Rock n’ Roll, to Contemporary Christian and Gospel music! I have a massive collection of late 50’s to mid 60’s Oldies rock n’ roll on CDs! I also have a very complete collection of Frank Sinatra! My brother Homer and I saw him perform live in Miami during Spring Break in the sixties!
Thanks Jack for re-invigorating my love of the music and the gear!
Be sure and watch these:
The “in” Grove on Youtube
Straight Talk With Jack on youtube
New Record Day on youtube
i also enjoy The Cheap Audio Man, Andrew Robinson and the the Audiophioliac with Steve Guttenberg all on Youtube.