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Posted on Apr 21, 2012 6:47:02 AM PDT
Just bought Louis', "A Rare Batch of Satch", a sort of mixed bag of an album but this one was signed on the sleeve by the whole Armstrong band with Joe Darensburg and Trummy on the front line. I'm quietly pleased with this acquisition. Whilst signed CDs are sort of nice to have, you cant really frame them and put them on your wall can you? Now an LP is whole different kettle of fish.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 9:46:26 AM PDT
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PGM says:
I don't own any vinyl anymore,but when I did,the experience could be likened to be almost "junkie like".

I noticed in some of the threads,some of the folks use the word "score" to describe the buying of vinyl.

I remember the ritual of opening an album and removing it from the inside wrapper (anti-static if it was the "good" stuff),using your thumb and forefinger to handle it by it's edges and label to avoid prints,then placing it on the turntable (I had an Ariston RD 40 with a screw on spindle to hold it in place),breaking out the Discwasher brushes for the for the dust on the record and stylus (Micro Seiki tone arm and an Ortofon OM 30) and finally placing needle to vinyl.

If that's not "junkie like",then I don't know what is!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 12:17:15 PM PDT
Amtak says:
To each his own, PGM.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 1:16:00 PM PDT
Actually, these days, one only buys new or mint LP copies and then, you don't play them. You just own them! Or, if you do play them, then it's once only to convert them to a CD or MP3 file. Then, you display a few of the best designed sleeves in purpose built frames,. If they're signed by the artists so much the better, if by the entire band, better yet but don't display them in strong light where the signatures might fade. Every sleeve should be protected against dust and dirt by a polythene sleeve. DJ copies are out unless personally inscribed by the artist as are cut-outs or any other form of defacement of the sleeve. First pressings are best because the sound is always clearer before the wear and tear began to take its toll of the master. Deep groove copies are also best.

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 1:45:18 PM PDT
I always get a chuckle when I read what "one" does, as if to do anything else would be quite stupid.

Today I read in the obits that Joe Muranyi had passed. I took out my one Joe Muranyi album, autographed by Joe and bassist Major Holley, who was a sideman on the recording. I remember buying the album personally from Joe one night in 1978 at Jimmy Ryan's in New York. If I recall, the great Roy Eldridge was playing with Joe's band that night. Roy and I chatted, leaning against a parking meter out front of the club between sets. You can't get those kind of memories from pulling a CD.

Many of our LPs are autographed, and it's always a treat to read the inscriptions while listening to the music. As to transferring them to CDs, it's time consuming, sometimes error prone, and, most importantly, when playing with good stereo equipment, reduces the sound quality (providing that the LPs have been maintained in good shape). We have over 3,000 vinyl recordings in our collection, will buy more, new or used, when given the opportunity, have them displayed in custom built very attractive shelving, and have no plans to ever get rid of them.

As Amtak says, "To each his own."

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 2:00:47 PM PDT
Amtak says:
I am digitalizing my 1,000 + LPs because they were never remastered or were obtained in obscure parts of the world and are too good to give up. Sure takes real time though, and having moved to smaller digs, we must eventually sell them (all mint condition) If anyone knows how to digitalize them faster, please reply.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 5:10:27 PM PDT
fred cox says:
I have reluctantly accepted about 150 LPs from the widow of a friend of mine who passed away a couple years ago....and she wishes only to be rid of them. I have no interest in them. My friend was a collector of mostly jazz things. I would love to find a home for them. What do I do next??? Fred

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2012 5:28:36 PM PDT
Amtak says:
To Fred Cox: Email What style are the LPs? Classical, jazz, pop? What condition? How far are you from Washington, D.C.?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2012 8:26:34 PM PDT
fred cox says:
Pretty dang far. North Idaho... Priest Lake ( Mostly pop and jazz and very good condition. I have no clue on a price....all $ to the widow. tell me what to tell you or info you would want. (there is also a small stack of 45s and even a few 16 rpms. and a smattering of 78s


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 7:53:32 AM PDT
Amtak says:
To Fred Cox: Gut feeling says I should pass this one up, especially since I am down-sizing from large home to modest apartment. Were I within visiting distance I could be selective -- downsizing makes my desiderata quite precise: namely, classical recordings out of print and not remastered, or made elsewhere but not necessarily imported; and vintage jazz from top artists. All else I would probably donate to our local library as I have already done with lots of my own that did not fit that pattern. With those criteria, packing and shipping costs across the country would probably outweigh benefit in this instance. Thanks for reply, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 12:15:02 PM PDT
Good on you, Susan!

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 12:50:35 PM PDT
To Fred Cox.
If you want to pay for shipping them, I can give you the address of a guy who has bi-monthly auctions of shellac, vynyl, CDs and everything jazz related BUT strictly jazz related. I think that he's close to NYC either in New York state or New Jersey. Condition would be important, too. But, he has a long list of global clients of whom I am one. Let me know if any good.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2012 1:51:28 PM PDT
Amtak says:
To P. Campbell,
I could probably use that info too, as I expect to market my LPs after digitalizing them some time in future. My collection of about 1,000 contains about 200 acquired in the 1970s. (The other 800+ are unremastered and/or uncommon classical, in case you know where I could market those as well.) My personal email is: Formerly from New York State, I do travel there at least once annually.

Posted on May 8, 2012 2:07:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2012 2:12:23 AM PDT
One of the fun aspects of collecting vinyl is the great design of the covers, right? Somehow those wimpy little CD inserts just don't do it, do they? So, for those of us that that appreciate that the music on the disc isn't the end of the story, here's a fun site that you can log on to from time to time, If you go to the site, click on the jazz section and prepare to be intrigued by some great design. For those of us that realize just how a brilliantly designed cover can enhance the investment value of our collections, this site is a must. Have fun, vinyl freaks.

Posted on May 10, 2012 1:02:47 PM PDT
Nitya says:
To Susan Ward:
What equipment do you use to listen to your vinyl? I have approx 3000 mostly jazz LP's, many audiophile pressings as I used to own a stereo shop. When cd's first came out I hated them and only switched from vinyl to cd's when our 20k sf Tower Records closed out vinyl (mid 80's?). I was in real estate investment and leasing by then so went to an audio salon and bought a mid level cd player. I have since (probably around 93-93) upgraded my cd player to a two piece California Audio Labs set up with a separate tube driven DAC "digital to analog converter". The CAL really makes cd's sound rich and warm plus I believe most cd's today are mastered and manufactured to audiophile standards. Anyway I still have a very high end turntable, arm and cartridge set-up which never gets used. For the curious I run Audio Research Corp (of Minneapolis) electronics and bi-wired Fulton Premier speakers.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 6:22:43 PM PDT
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jassman says:
I'm getting stereo fever and cold sweats just reading these posts. Remember the Shure gram gauges for setting the tracking weight for your tone arm? Truly drug like. Ah yes, vinyl records!! They've left me a penniless, blind wreck of a man. Or maybe I'm blind from trying to read too many CD liner notes and squinting at my Ipod. Recently I had a "vinyl relapse" and picked up Mile's Kind Of Blue on 180g virgin vinyl, cued it up and mentally prepared myself for the electric shock of analog bliss but... It was a factory defect, (shame on you, Columbia Records, where is your quality control?) full of scuff marks and sounded like crap. After writhing around the floor in agony, I managed to beat the urge to return to vinyl by going cold turkey and only listening to digital formats for two weeks straight. Besides, after spending near $50.00 a pop for double Blue Note 45 classics, I realized I was out of control and sought my higher power for help. I'm happy to report, that except for a few minor e-bay purchases of used vinyl, I am in full recovery mode and doing fine! I'm still keeping my Thorens turntable though........

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 6:39:01 PM PDT
peter, since i almost became a commercial artist, the covers of 45 albums and 10"/12" LPs were occasionally better than the content. jim flora was a good illustrator, but david stone martin was the absolute best. when digging thru my vinyl pile i still stop and stare when a martin cover shows up. thanks for the link to coverlover. hench

Posted on May 11, 2012 11:39:42 AM PDT
I thought that I posted about the Japanese manufactured laser record player, which costs several arms and several legs, but the post seems to have disappeared, maybe because I mentioned the name of the manufacturer. I was saying how much I thought I might like having one. However, upon closer examination, it would appear that although it's the answer to playing your LPs without inflicting any damage to them, it is so sensitive that every miniscule pressing fault and speck of dust is picked up by the laser. The justification for buying this machine seems to be non-existent until virtually fault-free vinyl pressings become a reality. That probably won't happen because with the former technology, they weren't needed. And, the capital outlay and investment in the new technology (if indeed it existed) would mean an astronomical retail price for the pressed disks!! Ho-hum, despite the many $ millions that have been spent of developing this technology, it would seem that for now it's back to old technology, I'm afraid.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 1:20:10 PM PDT
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Nitya says:
A Rega, Thorens or Pro-Ject turntable with a $200 cartridge is all anyone needs to play their vinyl. Probably cost no more than $500 all in. The Pro-Ject Debut III is $399 and includes an Ortofon cartridge.

Posted on May 11, 2012 5:26:17 PM PDT
Amtak says:
I remain very happy with my half-century-old B&O tangential arm turntable, especially now that it's been tuned up by, and has a newly manufactured cartridge from, Soundsmith of Peekskill, NY -- a master who is even recommended by B&O. This machine is very light on the grooves and reproduces beautiful sound despite occasional pops in my otherwise mint condition LPs. I have no idea what these turntables are worth now (they haven't been made for many years) but if anyone is interested, I have seen two or three in the Soundsmith workshop that may be for sale.

Posted on May 12, 2012 5:44:25 PM PDT

To answer your question, I have a Thorens turntable. It's not new, I think about 15 years old now, but very good. The rest of my system is quite good as well, but is common to CDs, tapes and vinyl. I buy all of my equipment from Cadence (North Country audio).

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In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 11:13:56 PM PDT
Nitya says:
Susan D. Ward says: To answer your question, I have a Thorens turntable. It's not new, I think about 15 years old now
Thorens is about as good as it gets. I see why you still like your vinyl.
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