I see. Well, it could get worse : you could get another room. Then I think you wouldn’t need more… (note to myself : stop covering my wall with records covers as of right now)
What makes matters worse is in college (late 80s) I had over 2,000 albums, and, like most of us dopes back then, sold them all and bought CDs.
Of course, like most dopes I sold all my CDs and went all digital.
And then, we are here.
I must say I’ve missed this hobby immensely, more than I remembered, and think my smaller collection is better than what I had then, even if some of it is bought again. I have a lot of things I didn’t and my tastes have expanded greatly.
An album is on constantly while working unless on a call, and like the forced “get out of the chair” every 20 min or so to flip the record. I have Sonos so can play the record all over the house. My music on the phone is for the car.
I just recently got into collecting vinyls again. It’s fun, exciting and so terrible expensive. I use streaming a lot still as it’s financially impossible to keep up with, so I cherry pick.
I was without a stereo for many years, just had soundbars, but my old vinyl collection just stood upstairs for many years. It’s not a large collection, I only have like 350 albums, but it was build very cheap in the late 90’s when everyone was getting rid of vinyl.
As a young metal head it was music Mecca for me. Now I’m using discogs and seeing some of those album I bought for 3-4€ back then are now going for 150€+ is quite amazing.
Vinyl listening for me is peak audio pleasure; I’m not an audiophile that can detect the small distinct nuances in music; I listen to many artists that sound like they were recorded on a Russian toaster, but it’s the whole experience; picking out and album, taking it out of the sleeve, putting it on the turntable, the little “pluck” sound as the needle hits before the music slowly starts.
100% agree on everything you said, except…as you listen, and perhaps get a better turntable or cartridge, you do start to hear differences. Better cartridge means you can start to tell the difference between pressings, etc. - and thus the rabbit hole gets deeper, wider, darker and nuttier.
I follow two KISS vinyl groups on FB and shake my head at the folks that collect every single release of every single album - and then discuss the merits of each. I stay out of that end of the pool and mostly just enjoy the experience like you.
That said, I have ‘upgraded’ a few albums to better pressings as they are so dear to me, but generally stay away.
Enjoy it and if you put your collection on discogs, share your collection here and make friends too:
I agree with you, I did purchase a new needle a few months ago, as my Thorens was fitted with a very hard sounding one, new one makes it a bit warmer.
Decided I really want to go old school setup for all thing vinyl and have always disliked my Pro-Ject table (even with upgraded stylus). I just don’t think they build them very well.
So in searching for a “vintage” table, I just kept coming back to what damn @howard said about the Technics SL-1200 (MKII in this case) and couldn’t understand why I’d get anything else. So found one locally from a shop that knows what they are doing and decided to upgrade, just awaiting a preamp to connect into Sonos (for now, lol). Had a Stanton EL cart and stylus on it, also very solid retro. Might look into how to replace stylus as I have no idea of wear (what a rabbit hole full of cans or worms carts/styli are, jeez).
Deck is in amazing shape.
If you google ‘influencer’ our pal @howard’s picture comes up.
The Wheels of Steel!
It’s simply the best. Others may have isolated advantages but there’s a reason they have stood the test of time.
That’s a classic! It is also the industry standard for DJs. Always wanted one, but they are quite expensive.
My local go to shop had one for $800, and two others not in as good shape for $500. They dropped the price of the $800 one to $600.
It has what looks to be a perfectly excellent Stanton 680EL cart with Stanton D6800EL stylus that looks mint as far as I can see.
The going rate around here used is about $600 without a cartridge.
My local record shop has someone who goes over the tables they sell and sets them up etc. Got it home and it is perfectly setup etc.
Awaiting a preamp delivery tomorrow so I can hook it up to my Sonos setup down here to give it a listen (listened in store via headphones to insure everytihng was cool).
I will most likely sell my ProJect or bring it up to Rochester to the apartment just for kicks.
Those prices sound about right, the things are basically gold.
That is a decent price! The mk2 goes for 800-1000 euros in my local market. Even in a shitty state…
Which type Pro-ject do you have? I’ve upgraded from the Essential 3 to Debut Carbon EVO. A quick win in quality is to replace the platter with acryl.
I also use a phono preamp from Pro-ject that goes into my Sonos port. The DAC from Sonos is decent enough, but when I was a “beginning” audiophile using a good amp powering two good speakers made all the difference. Thank god I stopped chasing the hifi rabbit hole when I started with bass
I have a Debut Carbon with an Ortofon Blue on it (came with red, upgraded stylus was totally worth it). I bought it from Sonos with some small preamp integrated on the bottom.
I have two main quality of design issues with it.
- The tonearm lift gets stuck if you leave it up, no matter how I adjust it.
- The lid hinges loosen over time and unless you stay ahead of it - slam!
I also have their vac cleaner and have some minor gripes about it but mostly their customer service in the US is horrible! Weeks for a reply.
Oh I might reconsider blue since I have red now.