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Young Vinyl Advocate

I met with a young woman today, a senior in high school, who is the daughter of a client. She wanted to leanr more about what we do as she makes career plans.

I asked about her hobbies. She writes beat poetry, likes indie rock and collects vinyl.

When asked, she explains that she loves looking through used and new LPs and the people in the stores, but most importantly:

"Vinyl just sounds right. There's something different. I can't explain it."

Her boyfriend got her hooked. He told her that vinyl sounds better and makes music more fun. Her reaction was dup-like: "no way". But she then heard some music played via LP and is an absolute convert.

All on very modest equipment.

She even listens to an entire album side at a time.

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Wonderful. Thanks for sharing this, Elk.

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Does she write her poetry with a crazy sense of urgency?

Sorry, obscure lyric about a girl who writes poetry.

She sounds like one very cool person.

Imagine how good her ears must be at that age, too.

Tell her the industry needs her feedback!

Thanks for posting that.

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I vote her as prom queen.

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Very neat. Thanks for sharing.

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It turns out that I have a nephew that collects vinyl also. He is 17. We have talked about music a lot, but never about equipment.

I asked him about the sound of vinyl. He essentially stated that everyone knows it sounds better. He has quite a few friends into vinyl.

OK this is getting weird.

A little more exploring and it turns out that his biggest interest is old Pink Floyd, various prog-rock groups, etc.

(The high school senior I met with yesterday adores teh Beatles.)

I wonder how much is that they like the sound of vinyl and home much is that they like the sound of less compression.

My guess is both.

The twenty-somethings my just get us better sound yet!

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And here's another report on the vinyl revival.


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While the "cool factor" is partially driving the under-25 demographic to give analog a try, turntable vendors say listeners are convinced that the sound quality of a vinyl record is superior to that of a compressed digital file.

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Thanks, Stephen.

I am going to be sure to invite my nephew and his friends over to play their vinyl. This should be a hoot.

We all love to share our favorite music. I'll get to hear things I am sure I haven't and they will hear their LPs on a good system. Win/Win.

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I asked him about the sound of vinyl. He essentially stated that everyone knows it sounds better. He has quite a few friends into vinyl.

OK this is getting weird.

A little more exploring and it turns out that his biggest interest is old Pink Floyd, various prog-rock groups, etc.

(The high school senior I met with yesterday adores teh Beatles.)


You totally placed the finger on the pulse, Elk. I know I linked this Time article elsewhere in this forum, but the article talks about how the resurgence of "retro-rock" of the 60s & 70s among young kids has led the youth into the warmer sound of vinyl. The two go hand in hand - the interest in the music of the past, and SQ. From the article:

"Bad sound on an iPod has had an impact on a lot of people going back to vinyl," says David MacRunnel, a 15-year-old high school sophomore from Creve Coeur, Mo., who owns more than 1,000 records.

The link:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1702369,00.html

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Thanks guys- the news just keeps getting better. Great Wash. Times article Stepehen.

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