Any vinyl afficianados here?

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I know that despite the opinion that digital and high-quality technologies are preferred by the HTFers, there are people who appreciate the warm, crisp sound of a vinyl lon-playing record. Also, does anyone here own albums on vinyl ONLY. I tend to do that, only buying compact discs for the purpose of listening to music on the go. I pride myself on my collection of classic rock records and assorted rarities. My collection includes the following:
Pink Floyd: Ummagumma (UK pressing with the "Gigi" record
sleeve resting next to David Gilmour)
Beatles: stereo pressings of first four UK albums, mono
pressings of UK albums from Help! to the "White
Album" (very rare)
Rolling Stones: mono pressings of original UK albums
and my prize LP:
Vivian Stanshall: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead (EXTREMELY
RARE and in mint condition to boot)
So what are your views on vinyl LP's and what are some of your treasures?
DADA for now....
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TheLongshot

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The only really nice vinal I have is a very nice copy of Pink Floyd's "A Nice Pair" (Double album with "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" and "Saucer Full Of Secrets"). I think mine was made in Germany, since it has the uncensored breasts.
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Mike Broadman

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I can't help but think that the only reason some people like vinyl so much is because of nostalgia. Sure, a vinyl can sound great, but only if both the record and player are in perfect condition. However, if you do listen to it to get that great sound, the record quality will deteriorate. So, you're stuck in a Catch-22: you have a great sound which you can't listen to because it will take away the great sound.
I listen to a lot of rock from the 70s and jazz from before that. They sound just as "warm" as the records, with none of the drawbacks.
 

Grant B

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Ive been narrowing my collection (more room for LDS!)
Beatles down to 1 1/2 ft! (i don't count )
Most american early mono
german, french, english, italian (beatles in Italy) of most of the early (pre sgt pepper)
Beatles christmas record (fan club only)
Magical mystery tour english 2 ep with book
Lennon wedding album with cardboard cake, marriage certificate etc
solo stuff & bootleg
Dylan's Great white hope
Doors LA Woman with see thru red cover and Morrison doing his christ on a telephone pole o the inner sleve
Jefferson Airplane with originial Brown paper bag cover
small faces - 1st pressing of ogdwen nut gone snuff in 6 round interlinking covers
3 bonzo dog do da band originals
Camper von Beetoven - cardboard 1st pressing cover of Telephone landslide victory
1st pressing of the whos my generation
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Grant B

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BTW is Vivian Stanshall: Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead much like the Bonzo dog Do Dah Band stuff he did?
If it is maybe we can do a trade (burn a cd?)
I have Urban Spaceman (1st) tadpoles and I can't think of the other title (It has tent, Mr Standish's parrot)
 
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To answer your question Grant B, Vivian Stanshall's Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead is not really like the stuff from his Bonzo-era. The album features Steve Winwood, Neil Innes and Ric Grech (from Blind Faith). It's got a lot of African rhyths and free-verse. Absolutely outstanding. I also own all the Bonzo Dog Band albums on CD. (Gorilla, The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse{a/k/a Urban Spaceman}, Tadpoles, Keynsham and Let's Make Up and Be Friendly). If you're interested I could make you CD-R's.
 

Philip Hamm

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I listen to vinyl often. I never replaced many of my records when CD took over in the 80s. Records sounded good enough to me then and they still do now. To "portablize" them I use MiniDisc which works very very well.
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Andrew 'Ange Hamm' Hamm

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I listen to a lot of rock from the 70s and jazz from before that. They sound just as "warm" as the records, with none of the drawbacks.
Maybe you need to give a closer listen.
I also listen to a ton of 70s rock, and a well-produced LP from that era is about the warmest analog recording you can find. I will listen to my copy of Steely Dan's Aja on LP ten times before I listen to my digital copy. If you take care of your records, your player, and your stylus, wear is kept to a minimum.
I don't listen to vinyl a whole whole lot, but when I do it's like a special occasion.
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Mike Broadman

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Ah,Aja, one of my favorite albums ever. That's actually an album that benefits from being on CD since it was such a slick production to begin with, but I guess I see your point. It's just not worth it to go out and buy a record player and dozens of records.
 

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Oh, records!
Nevermind.
Jim
Seriously though, yes. Thousands of 45s and 33s are enjoyed in my home.
 

Iain Lambert

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mmm, lovely vinyl. I've got a fair bit, although I've not got anything quite as rare as some of the stuff above. The best I could do is probably things like my Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode 12"s, although some of my old dance singles are worth a bit as well (early Warp stuff for instance)
My Dad has a few nice things, rare Dylan, Beefheart etc - yes, he does have that Safe As Milk release that Rob sells in High Fidelity, for instance. I guess I grew up with vinyl, really. I like the sound of it, and its much more fun putting a record on than a CD. Also, with the honorable exceptions of people like Spiritualized the artwork is nicer with vinyl.
 

Mike Broadman

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Wow, someone knows of the Captain! Despite my earlier posts professing my love for CDs, it would be a kick in the pants to hear Safe As Milk on a record, just for the hell of it.
 

Iain Lambert

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Oh its great to hear him on vinyl. Its just that when I think about some of the discs I played when I was only just old enough to be trusted with a stylus and how close I came to scratching them I shudder! Say what you like about how nice vinyl is, CDs are lot safer with kids around.
 

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