At 2/26/13 12:40 AM, TheColourAwesome wrote:
I would love to get into vinyl but I'm not into much older music and new vinyl + shipping means $40 a record.
dud, have you tried searching eBay for records? They're not exactly cheap, but they're usually always in very good condition. But, where you find the real good deals is shopping locally at places like thrift stores and flee markets, items that sell on ebay for around $20 a pop go for about a dollar, depending on who you're dealing with, you're just not assured that the record you're buying is in good condition until you play it.
The hard part about being an old school audiophile is finding the record player. Turntables are a rare commodity, finding a really nice table is extremely hard to do.They sell new Sony tables for a few hundred bucks that are just pieces of shit. The best way is to find it locally (of course) and maintain it yourself, find an old beat to shit table, oil it, fix the plate, replace the cartridge, and so forth.
Once you switch to records, you'll never go back.
I've only started collecting vinyl recently, and I've gotta admit it's one of the best things I've ever gotten into. Personally, I notice the difference in analog sound as compared to digital (providing it was recorded before digital sound was released).
And honestly, getting started isn't hard at all, shop around Discogs, and you're sure to find wicked deals, I found a Doors record for $1.50! That record usually runs for $30 before shipping on eBay! Of course, if you're into collecting original/mint pressings, you'll be spending a pretty penny, but it's definitely worth it.
Not to mention, bands like Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Joy Division, and The Velvet Underground have released re-pressings of records in the past five years, all of them being 180-gram (high quality) LPs, and they're VERY inexpensive, around $20 for a brand new, mint, still sealed record that sounds fucking awesome.
If you're really interested, I think you should definitely start picking up some records. Even if you don't ever listen to them, it's a really cool thing to have kicking around, you can even get the framed and hang them on your wall!