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Going back to Vinyl...

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For my music. I've had it with CD's and digital music! I sold off all my stereo gear in 1996, as a result of the wife's bitching about it and my extensive LP collection; "You don't hardly use it, they take up too much room in the basement, etc" After listening to this for years, I sold it all in a fit of anger at firesale prices in a garage sale. I know; stupid, stupid, stupid! Many of the LP's were rare, even back then.

Digital music just sounds soulless to me, that why I rarely listen to my CD's. SO, after the first of the year, I'm going to start rebuilding. The hard part, I think, will be the turntable. I sold off a mid-range Bang & Olufsen TT, a nice Kenwood amp, Yahama tuner and Bose 501 & 301 speakers and all he LP's. I made some lucky guy very happy.

I'd like recommendations for turntable, amp or receiver and speakers. I'm not looking for top of the line gear, just something that would do old vinyl justice. Also, a good source for old LP's.

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From what I've heard, you're not the only one. Many people are sick of the perfect sound of cd's. Even alot of the "Youngins" are finding an appreciation for LP's. Those 70's and 80's rock bands on vinyl are making the comeback!
And a lot of indie bands have been putting out vinyl in recent years. We have a huge collection in the basement: all my MIL, FIL and wifes records. I laughed when looking at the white album cover once and it had where my MIL had doodled "I *heart* Paul" on it when she was a teen, she still has a crush on him. I've ripped a few to mp3, but don't have real turntable to play them on. We just hold on to them because we figure its not worth getting rid of them.
 

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The sound quality on vinyl is unsurpassed IMO. I sold all mine about 6 years ago and have regretted it ever since. I still have my Yamaha tuner and d15EE speakers so I just need a turntable and to rebuild my vinyl collection. My tuner I bought back in 86 and has never let me down. The youngins are still amazed at how good it sounds coming from something older than they are. They just got used to disposable sheet i guess.
 

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I've got an old AR that I'm not doing anything with but you should really look for some of the laser turntables from right before CDs. No wear on the record and great fidelity.
On a side note, my nieces lesbian lover is a manager at on of the last pressing plants in Cleveland. I think they're working 2 shifts now.
 

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I kept my Beatles, Zeppelin and Traffic albums. I uploaded about 300 CDs to Google Music and to a 500GB HDD which
i can add to any computer, complete with graphics.

I have all access by any Android via Google Music and also listen to Pandora, Jango and YouTube. I figure with all that I have access to just about every song ever written after 1950.
 

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I just happen to know where you can find a nice turntable, giant receiver and a pair of huge dinosaur speakers.. All genuine vintage from the late 70s.. In my living room and I would love for them disappear. My husband doesn’t actually use them but says he would feel their lose if they were gone.
Perhaps a boating accident. :s9:

As far a digital music goes I think the iPod was the best invention since chocolate. I love them.. but consider I am stone deaf in one ear and don’t know what stereo is..
 

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Laser turntables are new. They'll come down in price eventually.


I wonder if they play the scratches too?
 

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I got back into records a few years ago. My turntable is far from state of the art, but what makes it useful for me is that it plays 33 1/3's, 45's and 78's. I like music from a lot of eras even going back into the 1930's - 1940's. I used to visit a store in Frederick, Maryland that sold 78's for 10 cents a piece. They were just stacked loosely in the back of the store. I remember walking out one day with over 30 78's for about $3. I also have some of the very old type records that are meant for the windup Victrola, which I also have. I don't use it very often because it needs servicing, and the places that service them are hard to find.
 

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I remember back about ten years ago you could play any record that would fit in your scanner. It could read the grooves from the picture.
 

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I've been a member of Agoraquest.com for ten years.
http://www.agoraquest.com/forums/index.php?sid=5cd43153ac34b5cf9454ee166169d94f

ALL SONY EQUIPMENT, though they do discuss other equipment as well. Here is a post of mine discussing my evolving Home Theater system. Different speakers, with a goal of the Sony STR-DA9000ES top of the line machine (I now own two). http://www.agoraquest.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=21807

MAXXWIRE is the man on the site there. He owns a lot of 'tube' amps that sound wonderful. To give you an idea of how nuts and bolts they get, one thread is specifically about using 'the best' electrical plug. AT THE WALL.

Called 'THE AC PLUG THREAD' - http://www.agoraquest.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=25971

not the only time they get in the weeds with tech details

I do like this site for all my entertainment information.
 

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I've been into vinyl since the 1990's and still have my collection of 33-1/3rds, 45's, and 78's...........probably 200+ albums although I've never counted.

Tables currently owned >> DUAL from 1970, Stanton (modern), and a couple of dusty old off-brand types from the seventies.

I prefer running my Stanton (direct drive) through my state-of-the-art 1969 Pioneer solid state through a matching set of Pioneer boxed bookshelf speakers which still sound awesome !
 

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I'd get a technics direct drive turntable, I've been using an SL-D2 and the thing is a tank. Put a nice cartridge on there and you'll be happy. Speakers/receiver whatever you can find, I'd hit thrift stores in big cities and you'll find a decent receiver. I found 2 denon tape decks yesterday.
 

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Search out "used stereo system" on the BAY.

Contact the sellers via email - be careful.

Find what you want and buy it piece by piece; or the whole thing - depending upon what you find and/or want.

HS

PS I understand - I'm very "Old School."
 

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I have an old turntable I've used, it's got nothing automatic. If you want the needle on the record, you have to lift the arm and put it there. On the other hand, there's nothing to return it when it reaches the end of the lp, it just sits there waiting for me to get off my a$$. I think it's also direct drive, not sure.
 

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Still have my oldl lps from 60s and 70s, been hankering to get an old record player for them.
 

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There is a distinct difference between listening to d.d.d.d d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d.d. igital and then going back to vinyl, to vinyl, to vinyl, vinyl, to vinyl, to vinyl, to vinyl, to vinyl, to vinyl, vinyl, to vinyl, to vinyl.

Of course nothing will ever be able to match 8 tracks they were ghyfrghhjhgdrcghhvfdcbjkkgggfr dd.
I am pretty sure 8 tracks were the inspiration behind 'Another One Bites The Dust'.
 

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I still have a bunch of vinyl from the my youth. Just recently pick up a collection of Murray Hill records, "Masters of Guitar" with such greats as Andres Segovia and Carlos Montoya.

I have a pioneer turntable still but I'm looking for a receiver at the moment. I also have NIB psb studio speakers that I got as wedding gift 16 years ago. Can't wait to start spinning some records again!
 

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I had a Techniques turntable that I hadn't used in years. It was a prize possession when I was 16. I put a record on and turned it on. Indicator light came on but no turning. I inspected it to see what was going on. Lifted off the rotary table and where the belt used to be was a line of dust. Yeah, it had been a while.
 

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Of course nothing will ever be able to match 8 tracks they were ghyfrghhjhgdrcghhvfdcbjkkgggfr dd. I am pretty sure 8 tracks were the inspiration behind 'Another One Bites The Dust'.
In "the day" I owned an 8-track recorder, which I still have, so I could copy tapes. I haven't thrown it out as I still have many 8-track tapes in storage, a project for the future. But I'm sure many may be dead by now.
 

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I sold a really nice silver face vintage pioneer 8 track on eBay last year. It sold damn fast, people still love the nicer 8 track players.
 

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The worst part about 8 tracks is when the rubber wheel turns to goop inside them.
 

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I still have a mid-70's Mitsubishi DA 10 amp and pre-amp, and a set 70's JBL L-100's but, alas, my hearing is now MIA.
 

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I like to watch those time life commercials , 30 min each they have clips of the oldies from 60s 80s, prices are assinie 150 for 10 cds, but good oldies, saw some on the bay for 35 bucks for the 10/11 cd set used, tempted to pick up some .
 

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Interesting post on 'cheap' turntables.....

As a sidenote, the weight of the 'arm' (downward force/pressure) will have the most affect on 'wear' of your records. The heavier the arm such as 5-grams instead of 1 to 1-1/2 will wear deeper grooves in the vinyl over time.
Once or twice is harmless, but after 50-100 times there will probably be noticeable wear.

The flipside, is that older vinyl with light scratches can easily skip or mis-track with ultra-light arm pressure such as 1/2 a gram.

Mine is adjustable with a dial on the back of the arm to increase / decrease the weight varying the pressure on the needle.

My 2-cents ~ AD~
 

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I wonder if the movie Oblivion has triggered some people into wanting to go back? I thought that was a good SF flick but I had to laugh at the idyllic survivalist retreat Tom's character had built (or found) in the valley beyond the radiation zone. The beautiful meadows and lake, the wind generator and solar panels, even a basketball hoop lol. All that was missing was a Big ol apple pie on the table. The American dream...

I'm quite happy with MP3's. My ears aint what they used to be so anything better would be a waste.
 

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... he's managed to create the new floor-standing Adante loudspeaker that produces robust, well-controlled bass for $5000. ... Overall though,, amazing sound for not that much $$$$
Just think. Only $10,000 the pair. "not that much $$$$"! What planet does he come from? I have a pair of AR3as I bought maybe 50 years ago for $500 the pair. Everyone I knew thought I was crazy, until they heard them lol. Must be a little inflation over time.
 

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Going back to ceramic. Von Bitchin. :p Max Raabe


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{underground of course, as das Fuhrer would never approve of such decadence}
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If you can't afford all that retro equipment you can pick up one of these at Hallmark for about $8


Who needs an iPod when you can pull out one of these from your pocket?
 

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Digital and downloaded!
 

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Two words for ya, BOOT LEG. That's the collection you want if you're into the vinyl


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