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(This post was last modified: 08-21-2018, 01:34 PM by yohannrjm.)
I know I'm not the only guy on here who listens to LP's. Let's hear why, on what, and how often you use them.

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I'll go first.

My parents had a record player, but had stopped listening to it by the time I was a teenager. I listened to it some at that point, but moved on to CD's when I moved to the US.

I only recently started listening to them again. This was brought on my a friend who really is into them. He must have many hundreds of LP's (if not thousands) and he had my wife and daughter rocking out to some classic rock when we went over for a New Year's party.

At that point, I remembered that a friend had given me a Crosley player that had been sitting for a few years in my garage. I dug it out and bought a couple of records from The Salvation Army for 25 cents and promptly got bitten by the nostalgia bug.

The Crosley was fine but didn't produce the greatest sound. I quickly updated to an ADS (A Braun Atelier turntable) which is good enough for me.

There are many reasons I got into records again.

1) You can get some very nice records for cheap
2) I really love listening to opera, and while CD's are expensive, records are dirt cheap.
3) Nostalgia

I really like finding stuff that my parents used to listen to. I grew up listening to Guy Lombardo, Mantovani, Glenn Miller, Nat King Cole, et al. It brings back memories of us all sitting around in the evening with one of these performers playing. It's really easy to find these records for almost no money. They're often in great shape and the music is lovely. It may not be to everyone's taste, but I like it.

In fact, I'm listening to Glenn Miller at the moment.

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Fun stuff.

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- Yohann
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All good music deserves to be heard. Especially on a turntable...
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(This post was last modified: 08-21-2018, 11:36 AM by PhilNH5.)
Cool topic.

I grew up on LPs. Seems every household had the huge furniture quality console. A hinged lift top exposed the AM/FM radio and the turntable.
The turntable had an extended spindle and you stacked up to 4 records on it. They were held at the top of the spindle. One dropped down when you started to play. At the end of the first record the stylus arm retreated and record 2 dropped down and began to play.

I was a teen in the 70s and have a good collection of rock and roll albums from that era. All of the supergroups.

We had a component system when first married. Seperate tuner, amplifier, cassette deck and turntable. We used that up until we moved into this house. Then we used mostly cassettes. My super organized and efficient wife spent days putting all of our albums onto cassettes.

The migration to CDs for us was forced by our cars. They no longer came with cassette players Sad
Once we stopped with the cassettes the component stereo system went to the garage.

We made the jump from CDs to MP3 and our phones quite quickly. I think because we switched to CDs at the last minute.


Haven't listened to an LP in quite a while. This thread might be just the impetus to drag it back into the house.

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I also do listen to some music on my mp3 player and phone. However, for good jazz and classical music, I find that physical media still offer the best sound quality. For the longest time, this meant CD's only. I have a nice collection of them that I listen to a lot.

LP's at this point are more of a curiosity for me. I only have a few dozen and they're what I can find at the thrift stores around, which explains why they're heavy on the big-band stuff. One thing I did notice is that I can pick out excellent classical records as well. Especially opera. I love opera, and the CD's of good performances are expensive. I find those same artists on LP for a buck or two. My wife is not into opera, so I have to listen to them when she's out of the house. Big Grin

We watch almost no TV and instead spend a lot of the evening reading or conversing. It's nice to have some background music on when I'm making dinner or we're sitting around chatting.

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I have a few hundred LPs left and a nice play system, but because it requires some rerouting of the wiring I usually dedicate a week every couple months to my vinyl. It still does sound great.

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(This post was last modified: 08-25-2018, 07:34 PM by yohannrjm.)
Just picked this up for 50 cents:

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One of my favourite artists, and one of his best albums. I know James Taylor is not to everyone's taste, but I really like his music and listening to this album reminds me why I do.

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- Yohann
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While most of us have heard 'Amie', I would never had heard anything else by Pure Prairie League if it wasn't for me finding this record. The recording quality on this LP is amazing.

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- Yohann
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(09-01-2018, 02:10 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: While most of us have heard 'Amie', I would never had heard anything else by Pure Prairie League if it wasn't for me finding this record. The recording quality on this LP is amazing.

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That is a great LP, Yohann, which I bought back when it came out in the '70s. I lost most of my LP collection years ago, due to flooding in my garage. This was one of the casualties.

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I’m in the process of trying to find a nice entry level audiophile quality turntable for the several hundred albums my wife and i have. I find the sound that comes from a record in good condition is richer and fuller than any CD or compressed MP3. I had a Technics turntable but the grounding on it was faulty so I’m looking to upgrade. One model I’ve been looking at is a Rega Planar 1.
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(09-01-2018, 12:45 PM)MntnMan62 Wrote: I’m in the process of trying to find a nice entry level audiophile quality turntable for the several hundred albums my wife and i have. I find the sound that comes from a record in good condition is richer and fuller than any CD or compressed MP3. I had a Technics turntable but the grounding on it was faulty so I’m looking to upgrade. One model I’ve been looking at is a Rega Planar 1.

The reviews of the Rega Planar 1 are seem to be great, so it's probably a good choice for an upgrade. I hope you do enjoy it if you get it. Please do update us if that happens.

The ADS I have has been excellent so far and offers excellent sound reproduction. The only issue I have with it is that the cables are too short and I cannot move it away from the amplifier. We have hardwood floors and I'd like to move the turntable to a shelf hung off the wall, but I can't.
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