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  1. hobie1dog

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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.

    I just started back in transferring LP's to the PC. Went into the LP library and got out 6 of my favorite LP's and got 3 of them done so far. Pretty much takes an hour, 45 minutes of recording, and 15 minutes of removing clicks and pops, labeling tracks, removing dead space between tracks, and transferring files over to iTunes. But once it's done, should have it for life.

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    I don't know if I will ever do it honestly. I tend to just want to pull out the vinyl. I like the feel and look of vinyl. If I converted to mp3 I probably wouldn't listen to it any ways.

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    Too hot outside, so it was great grabbing 5 of my favorite LP's and listening to them while transferring to PC.

    Vinyl is so much fun, and I really like the Ortofon MC20 cartridge even though it is the lowest output cartridge around ( 0.07 ) so I have to turn the volume control on the Pioneer Elite C72 preamp up to the 95% mark.

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    I like to listen to the vinyl I have, while its a modest collection I love it. However, my player is quite old. Its a 1959 Admiral Console unit that I got from my grandparents estate. It will crack and pop when you adjust the volume, but if you get it just right it sounds alright. I need to work on it soon, because many years ago I had to take it apart a bit and now the auto return feature for the arm is not working. Probably just a small thing, but its been a long time since I messed with it.
    I probably have only about 40-50 albums(more once I inherit my parents collection one day.)I have alot of seventies stuff, Eagles-Hotel California/Chicago at Carnegie Hall/Aerosmith/etc. that my inlaws gave me.

    Pretty cool stuff.

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    yep, sounds like the volume control potentiometer needs some cleaner sprayed into it to stop your crack and pop issue.

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    There may be a belt for the auto-return too

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    Sounds like I need to dig out my Beatles, Stones, Monkees, Three Dog Night, and CCR LP's from whatever
    box I put them in 25-30 years ago.....

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    Thanks Hobie1dog...now I just need to find that spot on the player..LOL. What kind of cleaner do you suggest?

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    I need to do this spray stuff to one of my old turntables as well.

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    I collect vinyl the best ones I have are all of the original Beatles UK-editions given to me by a friend as a wedding gift

    BLACKBLOODs for life...just please keep making Black House!
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    What kind of cleaner do you suggest

    You can buy "Contact Cleaner" at a lot of places, like Radio Shack...and 100 online sites....Caig makes some of the best products.

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    I have a few Beatle records. White album has to be my favorite. My buddy is trying to collect all the first UK pressings.

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    Your day is coming...
    Nationally Establish August 12th, the date Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, as Vinyl Record Day.
    http://www.vinylrecordday.com/

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    Cool, I'm ready for it, but I'll be on vacation then, so maybe I'll just ebay a few record buys to expand the collection.

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    there is actually already a record store day. All the record stores have a lot of exclusives and such. I had a blast. Here is a link to the website.

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    Teres Turntable w/ acrylic platter-lead shot filled pockets.

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    That's wild!

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    I've got a sh!t load more pics like that.

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    Do you also have an audiophile forum that you frequent?

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    Do you also have an audiophile forum that you frequent?

    Been on several through the years but have settled on what seems to be the most civilized, non-abrasive one called

    http://www.audiokarma.org/

    It has alot of traffic and has specific forums for turntables, speakers, etc. It has it's "stinkers" occasionally.

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    Vinyl is something I tend to do more privately because a lot of collectors are elitist pricks. I will check it out and give it a try I suppose.

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    Vinyl is something I tend to do more privately because a lot of collectors are elitist pricks

    Heaven forbid 8O...pricks?

    NO...most of them are just GREEDY

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    More TT Porn.

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    Three tonearms? How's that work?

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    Used to compare tonearm and cartridge differences. This setup would require you to unplug the tonearm cable from under the tonearm and insert it back into a different one. You could run 3 tonearm cables back to a selector switch or some of the older preamps had Phono 1 and Phono 2 positions on them.
    A friend brought over 4 cartridges he had that used the same TT as I have so we got to compare them. There is a huge diffence in dynamics, bass, midrange, etc. among cartridges.

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    Interesting. It looks like Dr. Frankenstein went a little too crazy this time.

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    Yowza!!! This thread is full of jawdropping tables! Truly awesome.

    I'm a vinyl junkie but don't collect much anymore. For sure the wax platters beat digital in sound, especially when used with tube receivers --- the warmth can be felt as well as heard!

    A few years ago I sold a Nirvana 7" for $375!!! Bought new at the recordshop for $5, it turned out to be a solid investment, sadly, I didn't buy this one, but this one.

    It's kinda crazy nowadays that most folks listen to music via "lo-fi" instrumention, pc speakers, cellphone, iPod or whatever. Hi-Fi seems almost like an archaic entity, most folks would think you're talkin' about wi-fi if you brought up hi-fi! But there seems to be a healthy enthusiast network as always, along with some inspired designs & artisanal craftmanship.

    I love the little 45's, way back when, the engineers would record those records really hot in the red because they knew most the teenagers would be listening onna cheapie 45 player that was popular back then, so the extra-loud record would totally saturate those tiny speakers & sound like rocketships!

    One thing I'm curious about, regarding Lp-to-digi transfer, is the loss factor, do they still sound so good? Is there only an unnoticeable infinitesimal loss? Afterall, it's the continuous analog stream that enhances it all, as opposed to the chop-suey cutting into 0101010101010101, although digi can indeed be superior in some ways, utmost clarity etc, it cannot replicate the warmth.

    And finally, I love how folks put up vids on youtube of rare spinning records, it's easy to get lost finding stuff because there's so much great stuff out there! So, to add to this thread, here's a few platters a'playing!!

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    In answer to your question, I personally cannot tell an audible difference after I transfer vinyl to my PC. Apple has "lossless" transfer, and I use a good cartridge and TT setup going into an Audiophile soundcard. The convenience of having LP's transferred to your portable iPod devices outweighs the small loss of fidelity for me.
    And welcome to the forum

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    Nice post mrlowercase. If you want to see some vinyl that skyrockets in price check out some of Jack White's stuff.

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    ZYX Bloom cartridge....need one bad.

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    Hey, thanks for the welcome, this place is a great community.

    ...and thanks for the answer, for sure, digitizing is a task I need to do at some point.

    I dig that electric blue ZYX cartridge, I imagine it sounds much cleaner than a stuffed bird!

    ...a Dutch artist, Jeroen Diepenmaat, perhaps inspired by the Flinstones? The beaks of the birds actually have needles & play the record!!!

    Other odd applications of vinyl in the artworld are plentiful, most notable would be Christian Marclay:

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    And then there's stuff like this, serious meditations regarding the cultural impact of a simple drum break found on the B-side of a 1969 hit single, documenting how this ubiquitous beat has permeated our universal audio-consciousness in one form or another. This video has 3,779,367 views!!!

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    One major thing missing from new-platform music is most certainly the grand layout of records. An epic gatefold LP has the presence of an artifact. The bigger format allowed for a small-scale art exhibit.

    Another thing lost is the "matrix writing" or "runoff groove etching" or "runoff inscription" which provided esoteric messages for curious eyes when slanting a record just right in the light, even though it's a well-known phenomena, many listeners don't know about the secret messages hiding near the label in the "dead wax". Many records were pressed which include this strange practice, here's a few of my favorites:

    Black Flag – “My War”
    Side A: Exploring the inside of empty guns
    Side B: Lookin for the markings of rifled thoughts. Is that it then?

    Camper Van Beethoven - "III"
    Side A: Soviet spies swim upstream
    Side B: disguised as trout!

    The Clash – "London Calling"
    Side A: Tear
    Side B: Down
    Side C: The
    Side D: Walls

    Earth – “The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull”
    Side A: Slow Music
    Side B: Slow People
    Side C: Here Is What I'm Willing To Do
    Side D: ............ ..... .....

    Hüsker Dü – “Zen Arcade”
    Side A: "Falling, Shirley -- Every Time I Square Off Against Someone's God"
    Side B: "I Spend The Rest Of The Night (Or Day) Hallucinating"
    Side C: "And Now It's The Visions Of A Joyous Hell"
    Side D: "Within The Circuits That Make Pac-Men Die And Vessels Disintigrate"

    Joy Division – “Still”
    Side A: the chicken won't stop
    Side B: (chicken feet marks)
    Side C: (chicken feet marks)
    Side D: the chicken stops here

    Killdozer - "Intellectuals Are The Shoeshine Boys of the Ruling Elite"
    Side A: buy American beef... support American cattlemen
    Side B: beware! powertools from hell!

    Led Zeppelin – III
    Side A: So Mote Be It.
    Side B: Do what thou wilt.

    Pink Floyd – "Tonite let's all make love in London... Plus" LP
    Side A: dark side of the balloon?
    Side B: wish you werked here?

    Shellac - "1,000 Hurts"
    Side A: What's Orange And Looks Good On Hippies?
    Side B: Fire

    Sonic Youth – "Daydream Nation"
    Side A: Rock and Roll For President
    Side B: Star Strangled Bangles
    Side C: Destroy All Record Labels, Part 2 - High, End
    Side D: No Sleep Til Rhino

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    I never knew any of that existed. You need to stick around here.

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    great post guys. This thread will never end....which is a good thing.

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    One of the best turntables I ever had was a Garrard with a Shure Cartridge. Bang and Olfson was a super turntable to. You could even mount it on the wall upside down and it would still play and track. Can't beat that German ingenuity.

    I've got a couple of old 45's of Elvis that actually has two songs on one side!! King Creole and New Orleans is on one side and can't recall what's on the other. There wasn't many made like that. I have 33's dating back to the 50's, 60's and 70's with a few a bit later like Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, "Sloppy Seconds". Old ones like Ray Coniff orchestra, Dean Martin, Eddie Arnold,Patsy Cline, Teresa Brewer, Percy Sledge, even have a Janice Joplin album..."Pearl" Too many to remember.

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    Janice Joplin is on my list. You should post pics of your collection colcolt

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    I'd need a 17mm wide angle to get them all in. I remember back in 1969 when we had a little Samoyed puppy about three months old and how she chewed the top two corners of two Percy Sledge albums and two or three Dean Martin albums. I didn't know it till I walked by the floor stand they were on and saw the marks. Cringing, I removed the albums and she came within probably half an inch to getting the vinyl but the record remained untouched...close call. I still have those records and their covers as a memento of that little girl.

    Anyone remember Rusty Warren? I have one of her albums called "Rusty Bounces Back". She had another called "Knocker's Up". She was a shameful hussy back in the 60's only being outdone by Red Foxx.

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    I'm a little young for these people but will have to look them up.

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    This has really got my mind going as I ponder over my collection. Sitting downstairs at the computer, my collection is upstairs but I remember more as I think about it. Some others you may not have heard about.

    The Platters
    The Flamingos
    Rod McKuen ("The Earth, Sea and Sky" albumn)
    Little Richard
    Jim Reeves
    Danny and the Juniors
    Rod Stewert
    Bro. Dave Gardner
    Kris Kristofferson
    Simon and Garfunkle
    Steven Stills
    The Carpenters
    The Lovin' Spoonfull

    ...and many more

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    I know all of those except The Lovin' Spoonfull and Rod Mckuen. I actually love old music but most of my vinyl collection is current stuff. Most don't know they still make vinyl today.

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    The Spoonful was popular long about the mid-late 60's. They had half a dozen songs that were hits back then with this one being one of the more popular ones. They were an English group as many were back in the mid 60's like the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

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    Rod McKuen was a poet, songwriter basically. The album I remember most was The Earth, the Sea and the Sky. Mostly music for lovin' if you know what I mean. There use to be a gal that came to visit me on weekends back in the early 70's from a neighboring state and she'd always ask me to play "that talkin' record". He had a soft almost intoxicating voice.

    http://svoundtrack.ecrater.com/p/4332369/the-sea-earth-sky-deluxe

    http://www.mckuen.com/biography.htm

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    I really like the video. I was at my girlfriend's parents house yesterday and her dad gave me his vinyl collection for my birthday! Everything from some rare elvis to Led Zeppelin. Probably a little over 400 dollars of vinyl. Best birthday gift a guy could ask for.

    Here is another thing I was going to ask everyone that still collects vinyl. Is there a record that you want so bad you can taste it but can't find it any where without having an outrageous price? For me it is Son House ‎– Father Of Folk Blues.

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    I guess it worked after all

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    I have a modest vinyl collection, most of which is old hardcore punk and metal 12", 10" and 7"s that I collected from the mid 80's through late 90's. I still have a sizeable portion of my vinyl collection I "liberated" from my older siblings over the years, Beatles, Kiss, Queen, etc...

    I really miss the days of buying 45's, checking out what was on the charts at the local department stores. Sadly, our family 45's disappeared, I have no idea where they went.

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    I went through a divorce back in 1976 and unknown to me at te time but later I discovered she had taken about 1/4th of my LP's. Having moved to Florida when she left I never saw them again. I had some choice early Elvis records in that bunch along with others I knew she didn't care about but took them anyway.

    In the mid 90's I was out of work having been laid off along with the rest of us and started doing weddings on the side. I had a big 6x7 Pentax and used studio lights with stands,radio slaves etc. at the wedding as to give more professional quality instead of a weak on camera mounted flash. One of my brides wanted me to play a certain song(name escapes me) by Celine Dion whom I had never heard of so, I went looking for it. I went to Wally World where they sold music then(they may still do) and started looking around for this song. Finally I went up to the cashier and asked where all the 45's were since I didn't want to by an entire album for one song. She looks and me and grins saying, "Honey, firearms are three isles over...where have you been? They don't make records anymore. The only place you can find those are at the flea market." Everyone around started to laugh. I was serious, though. I couldn't believe it as they had always made records. Well, I finally found the song on a tape but it was only that one song and no others. It was a sad day for me to learn there were no more records. After all, I had just bought an album about eight years earlier.

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    I have a couple of metal/punk albums from the 90's. My favorite is of a little band from ohio called Party of Helicopters. You should check them out. Some of my favorite songs by them are

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    Colcolt, that's a bummer about your records being jacked by your old Mrs. There are a few vinyl record stores in Knoxville. The disc Exchange is on Chapman Highway and Lost and Found Records is on North Broadway. You could get some of those old Elvis records back if you wanted. I was checking last night and Elvis vinyl is very cheap because they made so much. Oh and if it makes you feel better vinyl is still made today. So those mean Walmart employees were wrong. Walmart just chooses not to sell it. The cd's they do sell are all edited. They believe we shouldn't have the choice to listen to cursing if we want to. Best buy occasionally has a few vinyl records as well.

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    Yep, she was a real witch...even took my coffee and she didn't even drink it!! I'm sort of over Elvis so I'll count my loses and just keep what little I have left. One album I remember was where he was on the cover with a gold suit on-can't recall the album title.

    That ordeal at Wal-Mart was about 17 years ago. I guess they were more into CD's and cassette tapes as even then they had zero records displayed. At one time on Market Square Mall there was a place called Tucker's Record Shop and yo could get anything there, including 45's or LP's, from Patsy Cline to Barry(oh, baby) White. They're gone now, of course.

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    Oh I forgot you can also get records at McKay's Used Book Store. I'm not into Elvis at all. Never was.
    The Elvis records I have are
    Elvis as recorded at Madison Square garden-3 copies lol
    Elvis-Almost In love
    Elvis-Frankie and Johnny
    Welcome To My World
    2 Disc Elvis Commemorative album On Numbered Limited Edition Gold Vinyl
    Elvis In Person at the International Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada
    Elvis Volume 1 A Legendary Performer
    Elvis Moody Blues on Blue Vinyl

    I might add the madison Square Garden ones have him wearing a gold and white suit.

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    I have several stacks of vinyl records from the 50's and 60's. I would be willing to put together a list in response to a private messge. I would be most happy to sell these to a deserving collector.

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    Bump! I just found rubber soul by the Beatles for 15 cents!

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    Great thread! A trip down memory lane! I have close to a thousand vinyl albums in storage. I was a fanatic -- all the records are treated with Ball (don't know if the company is even around anymore) and in special sleeves. The collection is in storage now ... when we sold the house and moved back to Maine, I was working far away and not around so my wife and son took care of the moving process. I had a stereo system I'd built myself (Heathkit) which I married with a Technics SL-10 turntable that I loved. Unfortunately, in my absence, the decision was made to dispose of the stereo system in the move.

    Fortunately, I still have all the albums in storage. At some point, I hope to obtain a decent system again and it will definitely include a quality turntable for playing those old records.

    Thanks again for the post!

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    If you ever get around to it I would definitely like to see some of your collection.

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    Bump

    I am listening to August Burns Red - The Leveler on vinyl
    Here is a sample. May not be for everyone.

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    I am also a vinyl nut. Not much in the way of collecting mainly do to $$. Funny thing is my music tastes are all over the place. But, my heart will aways be for Metal, so that most of my vinyl.

    Last 3 purchases:
    Pantera Vulgar Display of power 180gram
    Pantera Reinventing the Steel 180gram
    White Zombie La Sexorcisto 180gram colored

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    I have thousands of them. I was a techno music DJ from 1989 - 2001. My collection fills an entire basement. Sadly now everyone can buy many of these songs in MP3 form and there are ways you can DJ the MP3's with any kind of controller including those that mimic turntables.

    Oh you mean Jazz records? What for? The digital versions have better sound quality.

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    Great stuff. I listen to everything I collect. I am thinking of starting a thread titled What vinyl Are You Listening To Today?

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    I like all music. Jazz is sweet. I like the warm sound you get from vinyl

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    Really? Warm sound? We call it "the analogue sound"...but sadly most old jazz on vinyl from the 1920's - 1960's just sounds tinny and dry compared to the enriched sounds created by studio compression and enriching. But it's cool to make the analogy. I also like Big Band music but on vinyl it is not better. Unless you seriously dig that scratchy old time sound where the music sounds like it is coming from a coffee can held over a speaker.

    If we were talking Herbie Hancock and 1970-2000's jazz and alike than I agree that vinyl gives you a more subtle "warm" sound". In fact most music that was produced in the 1970's-1980's will sound great on vinyl as the vinyl not only keeps the bass notes held longer but it maintains the length of the notes without the chopping that digital creates in editing the sound bits in in .WAV format.

    You can find many songs in FLAC file format on the vast torrent site sand I recommend those to many friends who are serious audiophiles. All anyone asks in return is that you seed kindly to be sure others can enjoy what you just found.

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    I love pops and cracks. My newer 180 gram vinyl sounds better than any mp3 I have. I also have my turntable hooked up to bose speakers. That helps. The artwork is larger also and that is a plus for me. It is more of a personal preference. Not a quality based decision.

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    Sold two turntables today, got another one yet to go. Cannot find a good deal on a Technics SL 1200 anywhere, now that I have the money.

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    I actually just got my first vinyl record player for christmas. I am a HUGE music fan so it has been awesome to buy some records. I wish I would have started collecting them earlier in life but Im glad I found it now! I only have about 6 albums at the moment but Im sure I will get plenty more. It's much better and more relaxing than an IPOD! And I feel like a true music fan haha!

    “A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
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    If you check out guitarcenter.com they have a lot of them used most of the time. I really want the rega rp1 but I did acquire a Stanton T92 usb dj turntable recently for a steal. It isn't the best turntable but it kills my old one.

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