Vinyl Rules & New Blogs Rising
In this nice piece, Arlen Schweiger, managing editor of Electronic House, describes the great amount of fun he’s enjoyed while getting back into vinyl. Even on a modest analog rig ($50 Technics turntable and $100 Cambridge Audio phono preamp), Arlen has had no trouble noting vinyl’s virtues, which in his experience include wider soundstages, better focused images, and tighter bass. Most of all, it seems, Arlen is enjoying hunting for outstanding bargains on used LPs and sharing his discoveries with friends and family. Be sure to check out the slideshow.
Arlen also gives Stereophile and this blog a big shout-out. So, thanks, Arlen! I’m happy to know I may have helped in some small way. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have wonderful, supportive friends. Through this love of music and vinyl records, I have met many fascinating, beautiful people, have enjoyed unforgettable conversations and experiences, have discovered more than a lifetime’s worth of amazing music, and have learned so much. (Extra-special thanks will always go to a couple of dudesyou know who you arefor kidnapping my sorry ass, shoving me into the Princeton Record Exchange, and forcing a Rega P3 on me.)
There is a truly special community of vinyl-loving music fans out there, not only championing the experience of listening to music on a big, black disc, but also working to preserve an outstanding art form, while eager to pass on their unique understanding of the good life. But it’s not something that’s really thought about like that: It’s done because it’s fun. Something wonderful happens just about every day, and it’s all because of music.
Speaking of friends and wonderful things, two of my friends have new blogs. Nina Myers brings us Fashionopolis, “a window into the world of NYC style,” while Al Bjornaa offers Poop Or Not Poop, “a music review site for people too busy to read, hate reading, or can’t read.”
So, check those out.