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  Why I Love Vintage Records
       by Ed Trautz


 Vintage vinyl is a love of mine, but I’m not a
sound-geek with speakers in every corner of the house or $10,000
headphones.I don’t even own that impressive of a collection, though
it is awesome to me. No, my vintage record fund comes from the few
dollars I may have in my pocket at any given time, and my collection consists
solely of beloved finds from yard sales, flea markets, and thrift
stores.But this haphazard method of snatching up LPs is some of the
fun: the hunt!A few hours spent perusing classic vinyl, from
Sinatra to Elvis, from the oft-found Pat Benatar and Carly Simon to KISS and
Neil Diamond, Parliament, and The Ramones, offers entertainment, a chance to
learn a few things, and the cheap thrill (usually $1-2) of finding a real
gem.
 But, as any music lover can tell you, vinyl also SOUNDS
better than any of our modern formats for listening.It may be a
subtle improvement over the far-easier to use sound files, but it is a definite
one.
The basic idea is that digital music’s format is converted
as it is amplified, so it doesn’t capture all of the sound wave.
Vinyl is the most true recreation of the artist’s sound, because it is
not converted; the sound wave is played in its entirety and nothing is lost as
the format remains analog from start to finish. If you’re
interested in all of the details of this, these guys explain it better than I
can: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/question487.htm
 Another cause for vinyl vindication is, as my father
pointed out to me at a young age, the sheer artistry of larger LP album
covers.That canvas is tall and wide, and the vintage, sometimes
trippy, sometimes abstract, images you can find just add to vinyl’s
allure.In fact, many purchase LP frames to display their vinyl as
art; these frames are sold just about everywhere! http://www.google.com/search?q=vinyl+record+frame&hl=en&safe=active&client=firefox-a&hs=s6O&tbo=u&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&source=univ&tbm=shop&sa=X&ei=X0QBUYrpDJPS9QTw7YDYCA&ved=0CFMQsxg&biw=1270&bih=801
 As a sum of these parts, vinyl records offer a ritual
for music.Cleaning off the dust, setting the speed and the needle,
listening to an album as the artist intended it (as one piece of art rather than
a collection of disposable one-off tunes), and sitting to focus on the music
rather than pushing it to the background of our lives, this is how music was
once revered, and it is still well worth this reverie.If you too
are taken by the appeal of vinyl, you’re not alone!In fact, vinyl
is promoted with great passion on Record Store Day, a day set aside to celebrate
the independent record stores who won’t bow down to the streaming and
downloading of the world!You can find more information at http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home

 


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