I’m sure you’ve seen people with vinyl records. It’s hard not to when big name musicians are releasing albums exclusively on vinyl. Unlike CDs and MP3’s which lack a distinctive personality, a vinyl record is considered novel. The quality of sound is more definitive, and the album covers are works of art, proudly playing homage to the records themselves. If they haven’t piqued your interest yet, I suggest you give them a try. Read the turntable reviews at Local Singles Records, buy a player, then spin a vinyl or two on it.
But the love for vinyls isn’t recent, nor is it due to the promotions of savvy marketers. The love for vinyl, like the music itself, is classic. And there are those who are looking for classic vinyls, or records that were released decades ago, but are still in circulation. And contrary to what you might expect, the value of a record is really based on who is looking, not always on who the music artist is. One person’s favorite vinyl could be trash to someone else. One might throw away a record that is tarnished or scratched, while another might actually love it for its imperfections and whatnot.
These collectors make a hobby, sometimes a lifestyle, out of finding these vintage vinyls. They aren’t easy to get a hold of, mind you. It takes scouting and searching just to catch a lead on where a good one might pop up. Many collectors are frequent users of online stores like Ebay to try and catch their targets. They’ll even use snipping tools to make sure they win the auctions. (A snipping tool is a way to outbid at the last second, regardless of the cost the item is going for.) Needless to say, it’s a great demonstration of the determination that collectors have to get a hold of the vinyl records that they want.
Because many of these records are limited, most collectors go to local record stores early to scan the aisles and see what’s new. Sometimes, they even head over the night before and camp. They do the same for garage sales that advertise the sale of vinyls. Some collectors even take jobs in music stores and museums to see what they may get their hands on. But of course, other vinyl collectors don’t take the hunt so seriously. They stroll casually, taking their time. The end game is different for everyone. Some just want an addition or two for their collection, while others want every addition possible.
Now, I know that all of this makes vinyl record hunting sound like work. So you might be wondering, why do people even do it? How can it be considered fun? Well, think of it the same way you think of any of your own hobbies. And like any other hobby, those who are into it just love it for seemingly no reason at all. On the other hand, those who don’t do it aren’t always going to understand why. Sometimes, you just have to be one to understand one. So if you’re looking for a novel way to have fun, why not give it a try?