There are many unhealthy habits that people get sucked into that take away their finances, make them avoid their families and loved ones, and spend hours locked away in a darkened room sat on the floor in a corner. This is, of course, the addiction to vinyl. Once you get sucked into the hypnotic rotations of your favourite albums on vinyl, you can kiss your social life (and your disposable income) goodbye. A vinyl habit is a wonderfully fulfilling pastime, and is much better than frittering away your Saturday in a drinking establishment! So if you’ve really thought about how to get into the world of vinyl, here is how you do it.
1. Choose Your Turntable
This is the most logical starting point. The best way to go about purchasing the right turntable is to do your research, but there are plenty of useful resources out there, such as http://www.vinylvintage.net/turntables/ to give you a suitable springboard. If you are a complete novice to the world of vinyl, all you need to do is pick one with two speeds, the 33 ⅓ and the 45 RPM. But it’s also important to remember that in buying a turntable doesn’t mean that you are not able to play contemporary formats. A lot of turntables now have USB ports and a lot of vinyl releases now come with download codes, so you can purchase your favourite album, listen to it at home on the turntable, but also take it with you on a portable device.
2. Building Your Vinyl Collection
Why it may be simple enough just to go out there and buy some records, there is a fine art to buying records. For example, if you are going through a collection at a thrift store you need to make sure that there aren’t any scratches on the record. You need to take the record out and visually inspect it yourself, just to check if they’re are any issues, or you may find the record completely unplayable. If you are purchasing from a local record store, make sure you listen to it at a listening station (if they have one).
3. The Quality
The one thing you may notice about the quality of a record in comparison to a CD or downloads is that the record has a warmer quality to it. Ringo Starr, when asked about the CD reissues of the Beatles back catalog in the 80s, said that he preferred the sound of the vinyl because it was of a warmer quality. There is a definite debate between vinyl purists and casual music listeners in this respect, and if your kids consider it to be the pastime of someone “over the hill,” you can tell them to keep their Justin Biebers and Rihannas and go listen to some Nick Drake in your specially setup listening room! Never heard of Nick Drake? Listen to a vinyl pressing of one of his albums at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1_sIyjz4tc, it’s lovely.
And not to forget the fact that every year there is Record Store Day, which is a great way for vinyl enthusiasts to get together and to pick up some rare or limited pressings of their favorite artists. Vinyl is a beautiful thing, and it’s another way to get closer to some great music.