12 May

Vinyl Records – New Versus Used

I was at the flea market this morning and one of the vendors had a couple of milk crates full on vinyl records. My first thought was “great.”

I went over to look at them and saw that there were about 6 Led Zeppelin records right in front. I only have there first album on vinyl so I was getting pretty psyched (sorry for those who didn’t grow up in the eighties to have heard that before). As I looked through the albums, I started thinking, “these aren’t in exactly the best shape.”

I never used to care a whole lot about that. I mean, if the record looked good, without scratches, I considered it a find. Recently though, I have been much more discriminating in the records I buy.

Do I really want gamble on a couple used (possibly very used) records for very cheap, or spend a bit more one record in excellent or new condition?

I don’t want to sound all high and mighty, but if records really do sound better, and if most vinyl listeners consider themselves audiophiles, then do we really want to buy old used records that don’t sound that good?

Would you buy records that aren’t in great shape because they are cheap?

Or will you hold out for better records and pay more?

Let me know in the comments.

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4 Responses to “Vinyl Records – New Versus Used”

  1. Ben Baker Says:

    As I found out this weekend, you don’t seem to get as good of quality out of things that are cheap whether it’s furniture or tools. I would say the same for records: if it’s not going to sound good then why purchase it? You might as well download an MP3

  2. Ben Says:

    Tools eh? Yeah, thats exactly right. Sometimes people want an album so bad, that they are willing to buy a used one, which isn’t bad, unless it’s really used.

    However, I talked about a laser turntable before, that supposedly gets in the grooves of a record at a different place, and can take the most used up sounding record, and make it sound new again.

  3. Michael Says:

    Would you buy records that aren’t in great shape because they are cheap?

    Price is a major player in my vinyl purchases. My rule for when I go “Crate Digging” is one good song? Then it is worth a dollar.

    I do purchase high dollar vinyl as well..Recently I spent $134.00 on one album.

    I am looking for that Warriors of the World LP by the way. I saw it once and passed it up..Never saw it again. And it was cheap too….Still kicking myself..

    I normally do not buy albums that look abused or bad. I do not buy water damaged records. Well I did twice that I can remember, but only because one time I got whole 2 big boxes of LPs for $10.00 USD.

    The other was a “When the Tigers broke Free” Single. It was only 50 cents but it had a little water damage on the cover. I had looked for that single for a long while..

    I buy vinyl to listen to the vinyl, not look at the cover. Yeah I want a good cover, but if the price is right all I really want is the music on that biscuit.

    The PVC I purchase has to appear to be a well taken care copy of an album before I’ll buy it.

    That is my two pennies. Thank you, thank you very much…

  4. Ted Says:

    My two cents is that generally I don’t purchase vinyl if it looks beat up or if the cover art is damaged. I will occasionally buy a record that looks dusty (because I can clean it) or looks to have very light scuffs that won’t affect the sound (too much) if there is some other circumstance that makes it valuable to me. It all depends on how important or sentimental it is to you. I’ve paid $1.00 for a mint copy of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and I’ve paid $63.00 for an OOP copy of Cat Stevens’ soundtrack to “Harold and Maude.” I’ve bought records that weren’t in the greatest shape just because they still had posters or booklets still tucked inside with the record that were rare and valuable kitsch.

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