Is it too late to get into vinyl now?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Martgrol, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Martgrol

    Martgrol Active Member Thread Starter

    Potsdam, Germany
    I'm an avid listener of music of the Sixties and Seventies (among other things) and up to this point I only purchased CDs. Recently, I discovered this forum and read about the superior quality of vinyl first pressings (in most cases) to later CD and vinyl pressings. But these first vinyl pressings are often hard to get and pretty costly; the condition of used vinyl is also to be considered.

    So, I wonder - Have I missed out getting into vinyl much earlier or is there still hope for me (so to speak) relying on decent reissues or a couple of first pressings that aren't that hard to get? Or: Is it still worth to get into vinyl now?
  2. boboquisp

    boboquisp Forum Resident

    NE Ohio
    It's never too late.
  3. AJK74

    AJK74 Forum Resident

    Liverpool, UK
    I agree with the above poster. It is never too late - take the plunge!
  4. Vinyl is a timeless passion.
  5. Vinyl Socks

    Vinyl Socks Forum Resident

    Niles, Ohio
    Rock and roll the vinyl.
  6. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Northbrook, IL
    I tried to check your profile to see what other kind of equipment you have, but see you have not filled it out as of yet.

    I only got back into collecting vinyl records a little over two years ago. But the difference for me was that I had a pretty good collection as a start. But I have found all kinds of mainstream records in really great shape for reasonable money. And this often includes first issues. But it can be expensive to be sure.

    You're concern is justified and I admire your thinking. I have also wished I started back at least 10 years ago. Or better yet, had never stopped. But even with that as a consideration I have found it to be very enjoyable. I don't think it is ever too late.

    Here is something to consider. Many people like new records. That fact is your friend as old stock increases because of it. I would also recommend buying a record cleaning machine at the same time you buy a turntable. Lots of records can clean up really well and it expands the universe of what you can buy and enjoy.

    And don't forget, there are a lot of records out there and people generally do not throw them away. Eventually they sell them and have been doing just that as this revival in the medium has taken off.
  7. PretzelLogic

    PretzelLogic Machine wrapped in butter.

    London, England
    Sell the CD versions to part-fund the vinyl purchase. I adopted this for a couple of years and managed to make decent in-roads in replacing everything essential at a fractional cost.
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  8. kcjayhawk

    kcjayhawk Forum Resident

    If your wallet can handle it, it is well worth doing NOW!

    SNDVSN Forum Resident

    If you have any kind of OCD then i wouldn't recommend vinyl, it will drive you mad!
  10. zphage

    zphage Beatard

    Bucks County, PA
    Depending on how deep your knowledge is of your favorite era, you can still buy around the edges of the forgotten bands on vinyl quite reasonably.
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  11. Fred68

    Fred68 Loves Music

    Unless your doctor has given you six months to live, it's not too late.
  12. For things that were popular in the 70s and 80s, there's lots of cheap, very good sounding records in the used bins. Even if a lot of them aren't original pressings, it shouldn't be hard to find something in good condition that sounds much better than a CD.
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  13. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    Take it from someone who took the plunge a few years ago, stick with CDs, i love records, but they're a pain in the ass, and the only ones that will sound better than your CDs are the ones that are MASTERED better, don't believe the BS.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016
  14. The Killer

    The Killer Big Town Tom Cat

    You don't gave to go fancy reissues or first pressings, I've picked up 10 LP's this week, the oldest being a Faron Young disc from 1959, all if them are in excellent condition and my total purchase price was a shade over £10,
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  15. Rich C

    Rich C Forum Resident

    Northbrook, IL
    I really am happy to hear that it worked out for you. My preliminary checking is that I wouldn't get much for my CDs. I am keeping mine as I see no point in selling low and buying high.
  16. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo No music, no Life

    Never too late for anything...... :edthumbs: Except maybe bedtime! :tsk:
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  17. Nielsoe

    Nielsoe Forum Resident

    Aalborg, Denmark
    Join us. Vinyl records are often better mastered so many new releases will sound better than their digital counterparts.
  18. Exactly the reason why I don't get rid of mine.
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  19. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    And even then...............
  20. Mainline461

    Mainline461 Forum Resident

    Tamiami Trail
  21. Izozeles

    Izozeles Rock’roll Stalker

    Santiago de Chile
    No. You won't find the prices there were 10 years ago, but there's still a lot of old stuff around.
  22. Arkay_East

    Arkay_East Forum Resident

    Not at all. I still find deals all the time. I agree that you should buy some kind of record washer though. Dirty vinyl will take all the fun out of it, and won't sound better than your CDs. $.02
  23. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    My advice is to hang out with someone who has a decent vinyl rig and listen to it and see if you think it's attractive to you. Everybody's got a few really good pressings in their collection, you can compare with your ears to see if there's a difference worth exploring.

    Then, if you decide to get into it, don't get hung up on the "first pressing" mantra. Yes, first pressings are often definitive, but that doesn't mean you can't get a great experience out of later pressings or modern reissues. Don't fool yourself into thinking that good records have to cost over $100. One of the great things about LP's is that you can still probably pop into a record store or even a thrift store and score some great sounding LP's for very little cash. No, not Beatles/Floyd/Zeppelin, but there's thousands of other options out there.

    And finally, get ready for it to be somewhat challenging. You will make mistakes along the way, and you will pick up some poor-sounding records. Don't let that ruin the experience.

    But if there seems to be too much expense and uncertainty in the endeavor, don't bother. There's multiple high-quality digital alternatives out there that we all enjoy.
  24. Claus

    Claus Foodie Racer

    My opinion is.... it's over!

    New vinyl are no longer analog cuts. Most of them sound really bad, incl. the bad pressing quality.

    Reissues are expensive incl. Bad quality control.

    Originals (mint) are hard to find and also expensive.

    I'm happy I have sold my analog 10 years ago.
  25. Brother Maynard

    Brother Maynard Forum Resident

    Dallas, TX
    I hope it's not too late - I'm giving my son a new turntable for Christmas!

    I've wondered the same as you, though. My table's been in storage for a while, but I plan to get it back out. I don't have much vinyl, and I've gone a bit overboard with cd's the past few years. But lurking around these threads constantly gives me ideas for music I'd like to purchase, so I can see myself buying, say, mostly jazz on vinyl. I'm not going to re-purchase (again) all the Beatles, Dylan, etc., etc. In other words, no, it's not too late. I'd just be very choosy.
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