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Are Vinyl Records Still a Thing?

Holly Lipovits

Posted on April 10, 2020 20:30

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During this time in isolation and self-quarantine, I find the simple things matter most and bring a smile to my face, specifically with vinyl records.

I may have been born in the mid-90s but vinyl records hold a special place in my heart (I was clearly born in the wrong time … ). While my parents grew up with them and blasted the music of the 70s and 80s, I slivered my way through their decade and loved every bit of it.

My little vinyl record collection. Photo by the author.

Record players have always intrigued me and I always heard people tell me they're not worth the investment, but I thought otherwise. I browsed on eBay and Amazon for an inexpensive one, finding this one for less than $50 from Amazon. I wasn't looking for one that would cost me an arm and a leg. I immediately splurged and bought it for myself as an early Christmas present last year.

Vinyl records hold much more soul and an intimate connection with the music, whether that be music from the 60s, 70s, or 80s. I'm a personal fan of the 70s/80s era, with Billy Squier as my favorite rocker. They may hold a lot of upkeep such as cleaning dust or scratches off them, storing them properly without humidity and harsh temperatures, and holding them on the outside edges and not near the ridges.

According to an article form Sound Matters, there's plenty of upkeep to your records. To keep your vinyl sleek and enjoy them for years to come they say "you must keep your records clean. Dirty records don't just sound bad, they're also bad for your turntable, as the increased stress on your stylus will significantly shorten its life."

I remember I'd always ask my dad how to clean my records as he definitely knew how to. He showed me his small collection including Styx, The Rolling Stones, and Foreigner. For Christmas last year, he actually bought me a live Styx record, a Queen record, and another from Poison; all of my favorite bands. He also bought me the Victrola crate, which makes me feel so fancy.

While vinyl records may be slowly going out of style, many of the young people still enjoy listening and shopping around for them. It's not always about digital electronic gadgets, Dad!

Holly Lipovits

Posted on April 10, 2020 20:30

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