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    The reason I am asking is because I listen to my collection a lot and it's usually accompanied by my pipe or a cigar. Something about the physical element of vinyl is lost with cds or mp3s. When I pull out a record and the needle hits it I feel more connected to the artist than with a cd or mp3. Please post anything you want. You can tell me I am crazy. It's all good. I, at one time thought it was crazy myself. Another interesting thing about vinyl is that artist still make vinyl. I just picked up a few the other day and have been playing them frequently.
    Maybe I can convert some music fans out there.

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    I know what you mean about listening to albums. I really liked listening to them. Most of mine are long gone. Loaded them up in the truck about 3-4 years ago and hauled them to Arizona and traded them for a motor and trans for a 72 Charger I was working on. Sold the car not long after that.

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    That's to bad man. Vinyl is becoming more and more valuable if they are in decent condition.

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    Into LP's big time. Have 1200+ , and just went to a Vinyl Show and bought a big batch a couple of weeks ago. There are lots of them that will never be released on CD because there is no market for them. I have 6 turntables and am now designing my own that will use a magnetic levitation system for the platter using neodymium magnets to eliminate all vertical bearing contact. The tone arm will be straight line tracking and have an air bearing to allow the arm to float on a 20mm rod. I'll post up some pics of models made by others like this tomorrow for you. I am fascinated by the mechanics of dragging a needle across a groove and picking up various modulations with such great fidelity. My friend and I have done lots of comparisons between the LP's and their re-released CD's and many times the LP just sounds more dynamic and natural. He has over 30K in his system and the musicians are in the room with you, it's friggin fantastic, almost better than sex.

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    ha ha agreed I only have 400 or so. I have repaired and sold a few turntables. I have never done anything to the extent of you though.

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    I keep dreaming of getting that phone call where someone asks you to come and get all those old records of their relatives, and you walk into a room with 20k LP's.

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    I have the same dreams. I feel like those days have past though. Most people like that have already sold or given away their collections.

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    to me vinal sounds more idk pure more like live than a cd. I have all my orginal Kiss Led Zepplin Doors hollys manford man records

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    My girlfriend's father game me Led Zeppelin II. It is a little scratched but it just gives the music more character.

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    I love listening to vinyl. There is something about it that you just do not get on any other audio format. I even buy a lot of the newer music I listen to, on vinyl. Anyone have a favorite album or two that they love listening to on vinyl? I find myself putting on James Taylor albums, Elton Johns "Madman Across the Water," and Ryan Adams albums as my "go to's."

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    My Empire 598 Troubador before restoration( which is on the back burner now )

    One of my Harmon Kardon TT's

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    This is the air bearing for the tonearm which I'll likely use to insure frictionless movement. The inside of the bushing/bearing is made of a porous graphite which allows air to be flowing over the entire inside of the bearing surface to float it on the rod it travels on.




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    Me and my wife have still got and play our old vinyls from way back including some of the original Elvis and Beattles albums.Eldest grandson has some of Sinatra's vinyls as well. That's a great set-up you have there Hobie.

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    More TT Porn

    And the Transrotor Gravita, about 150K dollars

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    My last turntable that I recently sold. Oracle with a Koetsu tonearm. The previous owner installed a special dry ceramic bearing assembly which produced an oscillating rubbing sound...he should have left the thing stock ( audiophiles are a strange bunch of humans). I got tired of messing with it, and sold it. It was one of those TT's that I always lusted for, then once I got it, and dis-assembled it trying to fix it, you realize it's not all it's cracked up to be.

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    Hobie1dog -Wow man those are are some amazing turntables. I currently have a cheapy turntable but have it hooked up to bose speakers and acoustimass center. Sounds pretty amazing.

    Briarbird -my favorite to listen to on vinyl is probably Iron and wine - our endless numbered days or strangely Hall and oates - Abandoned Luncheonette. If I am partying it is one of my many Beastie Boys albums.

    Morlader -I have the beatles white album and the magical mystery tour. Some of my most prized records.

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    My dad had that Led Zeppelin II album with the fold out cover. Awesome! I must have spun that record a thousand times before I was even a teenager. He also had a nice Fisher Studio Standard amp and turntable that was sweet back in the 80's. By the time I was earning enough scratch to buy music the cassette tape was out and I bought a few of those. I'd love to get back into LP's but just don't have the space to store more stuff.

    Hobiedog your homebrew engineering is great!

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    Holy S@** ! Hobie1dog, what a great set of TT. Being a jazzoholic I love my vinyl, I can hardly imagine the sound those puppies produce.

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    Nice gear Hobie. I listen to a lot of electronic music that that is all still released on vinyl. I have close to a thousand lps and 12" singles. There is no substitute for true analog sound waves. Digital gets closer and closer but I don't care if you have a billion samples per second, it will never be a smooth natural analog sound wave with all its richness.

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    Hobie1dog, wow... thats all I keep saying to myself...wow...

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    Undamaged vinyl records on high-quality equipment still sound great. I have a B&O setup I got from a neighbor for almost no money at all when he went "digital" years ago. I also have 2 Edison cylinder records and listen to those from time to time; really cool stuff too!

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    I've got lots of pics of exotic turntables

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    I've played trumpet most of my life, and all the glory days had tons of LP's .......but there is no market for the obscure trumpet records to be released onto CD medium, so I will keep vinyl spinning till I die. I hope to eventually convert all my LP's onto my PC just for backup, and iPod use.

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    :(More TT porn coming soon as I cannot figure out how to copy and paste on this iPad

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    Hobie1dog, What do you listen to mostly?

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    Lots of trumpet music. Maynard Ferguson(52 LP's) Doc Severinsen(35 LP's) Al Hirt(34 LP's)and then rock/ horn bands like Chase, Chicago, Blood, Sweat, and Tears. I started out learning to play by ear, so I love to put on a record and play note for note with the music, hence the need to have a stereo which will play at realistic volumes so that if you were blindfolded, the musicians would be in the room with you. And that is the whole purpose of a " reproduction system "

    I'm also a huge Pat Metheny fan, and also Gino Vannelli ( his Storm at Sunup LP from 1975 is an audiophile secret gem). Gino is what we refer to as a "musicians, musician". His compositions are incredible.

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    Pat Metheny on piano, and composition.

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    Likely my favorite song to date

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    Some pretty mellow stuff. That is another thing about vinyl. I find myself listening to genres that probably wouldn't on a digital format.

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    Some more TT porn:
    Angelis Labor

    Haans Acoustic

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    Wow Hobie1, those are some tt's!! Used to have a technics (can't remember the model at all) but it was one of those that had the strobe effect on the platter to make sure the speed was correct (pretty common back then). Actually looking to find one that is decent (nothing like the ones H1's got up lol). Would love to get my old Genesis albums back on the tt. I have my Onkyo receiver and cerwin vega speakers (yes wood cabs and 12" woofers) from back in the day, turntable is MIA for some reason probably due to a move. I remember trying to figure out guitar riffs constantly picking up the tonearm and putting it over and over the same lines lol. To me the sound of vinyl is warmer with or without the pops and every now and then skip. G1

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    This is my main TT now, a VPI HW19jr. Once again, when you turn it over and tear it apart you find out that it is a very basic design that leaves a lot to be desired, but it is highly thought of in audio circles.

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    These are some of my Empire 598 before pictures:

    after sanding off the old finish

    Dull, smoke tainted finish, these people I got this off of had more of those nasty ass cigarettes piled up in the ashtrays than any other home I've ever been in

    nicotine embedded where the belt rides

    After polishing with 0000 steel wool


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    Stained, and 3 coats of Catalyzed Lacquer



    initially sprayed a gold lacquer to mimic the original gold anodized finish, but am going to re-do it with a different clear.

    Final polished tonearm

    I wanted to match the finish I put on the mid/high cabinets I built for my main speakers in my garage system.

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    Hobe1dog, how did you learn how to do all this. I can do basic things but damn. I would love to learn to do some of that. Also I was going to friend you but have no idea how to.

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    oh and goalee1 I have had luck finding some decent turntables on shopgoodwill.com. You will have to sift through the crap turntables but some good stuff. They have some good pioneer tt's and technics and I have seen the one you were talking about with the strobes on it. Also I have even seen thorens turntables go for like 130 on there.

    Good luck.

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    Hobe1dog, how did you learn how to do all this
    I'm old, lots of experience.

    Also I was going to friend you but have no idea how to.
    I don't know how to do that either.

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    Seems like it should be something that is easy

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    I love me some PM group.

    I have my dads collection from the late 40's 50's and 60's. He owned a radio station in the 50's and went to VOA in the 60's till late 80's. I have a first printing of Take 5, by Brubeck. Some promo stuff of deano on one side and sonatra on the other with about a thousand of everything from opera to jazz. Some of this stuff is waaaaaay out of print, even since the 70's. Some of the 78's are of opera stuff recorded at the met.

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    Wow everyone on here puts me to shame. Although I am only 23 and no one in my family has any to hand down.

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    Although I am only 23 and no one in my family has any to hand down

    Just start out by going to thrift stores, Goodwill, locate used record stores in your area, look for record conventions/swaps in your area, and start collecting little by little. I recently went to a record show here locally and found 30 or so great LP's for .25 cents each.

    Last week I pulled into a little hole-in-the-wall Thrift shop that I drive by every week, but never went in, and found 6 great LP's in good shape for .10 cents each. It also helps to just mention it to everyone you talk to and tell them that you are looking for records. I did that with a guy I use to go to church with and ended up buying the Oracle TT that I posted above and he had 400 plus Audiophile grade records...major score for me at the time.

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    Yeah that is what I have been doing so far. I live in a very rural area so it makes it hard to vinyl as well as pipes and tobacco. I recently graduated college though and will be moving to most likely Knoxville, TN in the next couple of months.

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    Hobie, I'm thinking of getting back into vinyl so what do you recommend? I'm using the NAD C316BEE integrated amp which does NOT have a built in phono pre-amp. Pioneer and Audio Technica both make turntables than can plug into a normal audio jack, or I can use an outboard phono pre-amp with any turntable I want.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I would suggest you get one of the really cheap phono preamps on the market....eBay has them, then you are wide open for any TT on the market. I would start looking on Craigslist and EBay for a TT, preferably CL so that you won't have to get one shipped to you. The Technics 1200 models that all the DJ's use are great workhorses and can sometimes be affordable on CL. I use EBay and check the "completed items" section to see what they have sold for recently, before I buy on CL.

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    Also, if any of you want some great catalogs that feature Turntables and Vinyl, then Google up Acoustic Sounds, and then Music Direct. Plenty of color pics, highly recommended for anyone into Vinyl

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    http://store.acousticsounds.com/

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    Good stuff. Thanks, Hobie!

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    Hobie1dog did you hit up any record stores on record store day. I got a few and it was a blast.

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    Vinyl sound so much better, to me. Match a decent TT with a good Tubed Pre-Amp and Amp, and you have magic.

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    Shop http://bentcrayonrecords.com/ for all things new, innovative, and vinyl. My buddy John has had this store going for a long time and he has been responsible for turning me on to so so so much great music and putting me in contact with amazing artists from around the globe.

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    That last one is pretty tight!

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    Damn Hobie I thought I was cool because I had a Technics 1200. Those are some crazy turntables. I'm assuming stuff like that is super over engineered and costs a fortune no? Sound quality must be excellent as well.

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    These are the most exotic models ever produced. Most are in the 10K and over range. Phil, your Technics is the workhorse standard of the TT world, I would love to have one.

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    Back to the original post, I too have a small (literally sub-300)collection from Bowie's Space Oddity, through Emerson Lake and Palmer in the 70's, Joe Jackson and loads of 80's stuff. I prefer the sound of analogue and vinyl. Cd's are a little to "crystalline" and crisp for me.

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    Another great TT

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    Can you still buy "turntables"? Thats what they were called in the seventies when I bought mine. Yes, I slill have all my albums, 6 crates full of the rock and roll mucic I grew up on and lot of 45's from a little boy.

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    Click on the above links for places that sell new LP's and Turntables

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    My vinyl collection is just under 20K and runs the gamut from ABBA to Zappa and most anything in between. Been collecting since around '69 or '70. Vinyl sounds so much warmer than digital. Digital is great for convenience(sp) but for sound I don't think you can beat vinyl. Plus the artwork on LPs beats the pants off CDs.

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    Vinyl is still alive sutallee and is gaining popularity.

    Batdemon where do you store 20K records and can you post pics?

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    Yeah, will you put me as beneficiary in your Will?

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    Yeah but I think hobie1dog will have to split it with me!

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    I will get some pics up. Storage wise, I have around 1,000 to 1,500 at my daughters home because my son-in-law is steadily transfering them to hard drives for me so I will eventually have back ups of everything at home. The rest are in a storage facility. Around 20 years ago my best friend was wanting to buy a self storage business and I helped him by loaning him a significant part of the funds he needed. In exchange I asked that I get 2 of the largest storage units for keeps. Each unit is about the size of the bay of a gas staion, if you remember when gas stations had car bays, LOL. They are climate controlled and perfect for my needs. Jump to today, my friend now owns 3 storage places and has repaid the loan in full. I think my son-in-law has transferred right around 8,000 albumns but I may be off a bit. He is doing a really good job because it is time consuming, in that of course each record has to be played in real time plus the albumn and track info entered manually.
    As far as putting you guys in my will, I'm afraid you would have to fight my 3 daughters over it LOL

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    I you wanted to charge admission to just look through your storage units, I'd buy a ticket.

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    Can I just buy a hard drive and send it to you, and have him dump your Library onto to it? Let me know what program he uses...Audacity?

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    YIKES,
    What a fantastic thread thanks all for the photos (hobie1dog). As a younger man I worked in a music store and accumulated a decent collection of LP's. Still listen to them on occasion with an old Technics TT over some old JBL L100 speakers that are my favorites. It's very interesting to see the high grade audiophile equipment out there, so much that I've never experienced. High grade Pipes fit in with High Grade stereo equipment I see!!! Awesome.

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    I've heard that if your using audacity to record your vinyl you can play the record at 45 speed and slow it down on the program. Might want him to look into it.

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    I've only tried the Audacity software once, and it worked, but I need to find some tutorials on it to use it fully and maximize the fidelity. I've got 1100 or so records I want to transfer over.

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    I always plan on transferring but just get lazy and get mp3s. Well for the tracks they release on mp3s, that is.

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