Aaron, I agree with your point about a gentle-on-the-vinyl high-value playback system for "the
kids." I'm shocked that "Stanton" hasn't come out with one of their Technics-knockoff turntables
built into a little base that includes a pull-out iPod dock, headphone amp and some tone controls,
as well as the usual USB output for vinyl-to-ipod via the computer. It wouldn't be much to build in
a modest power amp or offer matching powered speakers. This would be a major upgrade/update of the
old "all in one" from the 70's that usually included a record-eating BSR changer. The key would be
to put a moderately good-quality and mechanically gentle turntable into the thing, not like those
junky "Crosly" all-in-ones sold at Wal-Mart.
Man, thinking of this reminds me of lugging New Advent Loudspeakers, a 40lb/40wpc Philips receiver,
Technics turntable and Pioneer reel to reel deck up flights of stairs to college dorm rooms. Even
then (mid-80's), most of my peers had those semi-boomboxes with detachable speakers, a radio and a
cassette deck, no turntables. But also, the music freaks like me all had turntables and we all had
lots of good times sitting around spinning vinyl and burning brain cells.
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Levinson" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2011 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Two articles of interest
> As someone that is pretty heavily involved in the vinyl trade these days I'd have to concur on all
> points. The market for most
> used vinyl tanked in the midst of the meltdown and I personally used that dip to pick up things
> that were otherwise out of reach for a little pisher like me. It was quite a boon for collectors
> and I've seen things rebound quite nicely. The one note that Tom did not mention that I learned
> from the 78 oracle John Tefteller was that really blue chip items (Skip James, Robert Johnson,
> rare jug band stuff etc) actually rose in price over the crash as they were seen as true
> "investment grade" items that would only increase in value.
> I am really glad "the kids" are rediscovering vinyl in large numbers and as someone the is a
> college teacher I have seen a huge increase of interest. Not only is it sonically a major step up
> from a low grade MP3 file I think that the ritualistic aspect of playing records makes people more
> involved in the listening process itself and that in turn makes them value the music itself more,
> a virtuous circle. These young vinyl folks they seem to treat all music as far more than audio
> wallpaper for playing video games unlike their digital peers...
> I always encourage them to obtain better playback gear and they are uniformly amazed at how much
> better everything sounds through a superior system. The vinyl market is here to stay and someone
> will make a fortune providing a fair priced and aesthetically pleasing audio component system for
> this new generation.
> Now if we could only get them to actually clean things...
> On 2/26/11 2:24 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Regarding the USA Today article ...
>> My observation over the past 2 years is that vinyl has moved from a fad to a long-term niche
>> industry. I think there will be a constant flow of few-numbers/high-margin new vinyl releases,
>> especially from certain types of musicans and certain smaller (and some larger) labels. The vinyl
>> copies I've bought here and there aren't usually better-sounding than the CD's, but the artwork
>> is always better and most of them don't sound much worse than the CD (there's one pressing plant,
>> the one in Tennessee, that doesn't do good pressing, and alas a lot of indie labels use it).
>> All this activity in new vinyl is definitely driving up prices for used vinyl if you want really
>> nice condition and pressings. There are still plenty of mass-market 70's and 80's disks to be had
>> for a dollar or two, some in superb condition if you look carefully, but what was in the $5-8
>> range a few years ago is in the $10-15 range nowadays as far as better pressings and more rare
>> titles. I've also seen the return of dozens- or hundreds-dollar prices on the audiophile
>> favorites from the "Golden Era."
>> In my own case, I've found I've replaced in recent years records that I gave away when
>> decent-sounding CD versions came out in the early 90's. My old records were played out, so I
>> don't regret this, but I never though I'd own the nice 12" sleeve art again. All of this has been
>> from good dollar-bin $5 shelf trolling and eBay, so it's been a minor investment.
>> Bottom line, I think the used vinyl market hit bottom a year or so ago and is rising and will
>> continue to rise, within reason. And the new vinyl market is here to stay. I do find it amusing
>> to hear some of "the kids" raving about vinyl and then find out about the junkola equipment they
>> use to play it. First of all, unfortunately, it probably does sound better than 128kbps MP3
>> streamed thru their phones, but their low-grade phonographs are ruining their $50 records as
>> quickly as they take them out of the sleeves without cleaning them. So the old vinyl problem of
>> quick wear-out in the hands of the average consumer is still ever thus.
>> -- Tom Fine
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott D. Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2011 1:25 PM
>> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Two articles of interest
>>> Here are two recent articles I thought might be of interest to those involved in analog and
>>> From yesterday's USA Today:
>>> From today's Wall Street Journal:
>>> Scott D. Smith
>>> Chicago Audio Works, Inc.