Have you spent any money on vinyl LPs in the last 12 months? What did you buy?

Clearly many of you are spending bucks on your turntables these days. How about vinyl records to feed them? Have you spent any money on vinyl LPs in the last 12 months? What did you buy?

Have you spent any money on vinyl LPs in the last 12 months? What did you buy?
Yes, quite a bit
36% (76 votes)
Yes, a decent amount
24% (51 votes)
Yes, but just a little
16% (33 votes)
No, I've already got just what I need
7% (14 votes)
No, I don't do vinyl
18% (37 votes)
Total votes: 211

Will's picture

Mostly I buy used.

Lee's picture

Built up a collection of 500 LPs in just the past year.

Nodaker's picture

The only vinyl I listen to are those oldies that are being digitized. Sorry, vinyl lovers, they sound just as good after you've burned them to CD as they do playing them, so why not burn them and be done with the heartache of cleaning them, the cartridge, flipping them in 15 minutes, wearing them out, etc.

Rob's picture

Lot of used collections, some very well taken care of and some that are unplayable

greg's picture

Oh yes. I just purchased (two minutes ago, literally): new releases by Clinic, PJ Harvey, and Black Keys.

Mark L.'s picture

Let's just say my local vinyl establishment knows me by my first name. And I'm not willing to share them with anyone! My latest gem is a perfect copy of 2112 by Rush. Ahh, my youth returned to me for $2! The newer issues are terrific, with my latest purchases being Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, and Neil Young. Nothing, though, will top my two copies of The Beatles Collection by MFSL.

Patrick Bell's picture

Huh? Seriously, the clicks, hiss, and pops, from even the tiniest spec of dust. Impossible to keep clean. Technology is your friend—and friends don't let friends do vinyl.

JoeL's picture

I do listen, at times, to the hundred or so albums I have that are in good condition.

djl's picture

I've spent some on thrift store finds mostly and a few on eBay. The unfortunate thing about thrift stores is the LPs are more often than not scuffed or scratched, many times beyond any hope of restoring. I bought a used soundtrack LP of Star Trek III that was in great shape! Also a brand new copy of Jason & Ronnie Martin Brothers Martin that I still have yet to slice it open! Those are just two of the things I got recently!

Frank, Greenville, SC's picture

Some special finds to round out some artist collections, and way too much on Zeppelin in any all incarnations. Come on Jimmy, give us more.

Joseph Lee, Toronto, Canada's picture

In the past year, I have picked up rare used LPs for about $5 each. They included Johnny Nash's first LP, and his Let's Get Lost on ABC-Paramount label, plus many Paul Anka's LPs on ABC-Paramount label. Other treasures included Enoch Light and Tony Mottola LPs on Command labels. I cleaned them with my Nitty Gritty Machine, put them on my Oracle turntable and remastered the songs using 24bits/96kHz. Final results are one of a kind CDs with clean, warm. and vibrant sound. Of course, I restored the original LP front and back covers using Photoshop 7. Very rewarding experience indeed.

Jason Fox's picture

I bought Miles Davis's 180gm Live at the Plaza new for $12. I also bought Elvis Costello's Out of Our Idiot and Momofuku. All of these are excellent LPs.

Vinyl D's picture

Bough a vintage Marantz 6300 TT for a little over $200 and approximately the same in vinyl in the past 12 months.

xanthia01@gmail.com's picture

I don't buy it. Why would I buy something that I can't play in any of the places I like to hear music—in my office, on my iPod, in the car, on my music server, etc. Sorry, SACDs sound better too. Vinyl sounds different (and in some aspects better) but as a whole it doesn't—it's crackly and noisy and certainly not hi-fi!

Esa's picture

I just hate this retro-vinyl stuff.

Douglas Dye's picture

Have not bought an album since the introduction of the CD. First started buying CDs in the music stores when the CDs were behind the check-out counter. But recently I'm seeing an increase of vinyl albums available. Almost every specialty sales site now offeres the vinyl version of the album. I just may have to purchase a new turntable for my home system.

Joe Hartmann's picture

I have purchased several Superdiscs and about $50 of used records. My son in grad school full time is always in the used LP bin. I gave him a Rega 25 as a graduation present several years back.

Stellan Holgersson's picture

With vinyl as only source in the system, I just buy records. Those with digitalitis can keep on trying to improve that catfart sound with even more expensive loudspeakers.

Paul's picture

Of the options, I had to choose "I don't do vinyl" but I need to qualify that with a "yet." It will probably be another 18-24 months, but I plan to put together a two-channel rig in the living room (after renovations) and include a TT at that time.

Erik Leideman's picture

I will keep my 1500 LPs (and my 3000 78s) but I am rarely buying any these days.

Lutfu Onderoglu's picture

Vinyl is music.

EK's picture

I would probably fill the page if I went through every LP I've bought this year. My most irresponsible purchase was paying $50 for an out of print album by my favorite band. Probably could have gotten it for less.

R.  Foster Sayles's picture

Vinyl has been my mainstay in source material for the past 40-some-odd years. It has consistently offered the epitome in lifelike musical reproduction. It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing. Happy listening!

Fred Hoehle's picture

Paid very little for LPs in near mint condition for as little as 99 cents, some as many as 20-25 years old!

Nathan Jones's picture

You know what annoys me. A must-buy album is released and you think this will never be out on vinyl, so you buy the CD. Then a month later you are browsing records in a store and you see your must-buy album in the LP rack, in all its vinyl gloriousnes, most likely with gatefold sleeve or some such. I am also interested to note the increasing number of vinyl albums which come with a free MP3 download of the same album. A minority include a CD (of the same album) as a freebie!

sal's picture

Mission of Burma remasters because I know they're all analog.

DUP's picture

Yes, I love vinyl. Whenever a new Matt Oree album comes out, I try to grab it on vinyl!

Aden's picture

It's a fad! A fashion. All you people spending big money buying all that crackly, poppy, very un-hi-fi vinyl, you'll be so sorry when this fad is finally over. You'll be stuck with your music on a very poor sounding physical disc that you can't play anywhere but a turntable! Either that, or a colossal task of transferring it to digital at real time! Please wake up to yourselves—one day you'll want to play your music somewhere other than your main hi-fi and you'll want to hear it in crystal clear "hi-fi" as well, without all the noise!

Bob S in Stokesdale, NC's picture

Well, you had to ask this one, didn’t you? How many characters am I allowed? Some of these are to fill out collections, others to repurchase ones I had before but had sold when I got the CDs. Still others are just because they were there. AC/DC Back In Black Herb Alpert Whipped Cream and Other Delights John Coltrane My Favorite Things Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five vol.1 Louis Armstrong Satchmo’s Golden Favorites Andy Griffith Just For Laughs George Carlin Take Offs and Put Ons (original, not 1973 reissue) Joan Baez Diamonds and Rust ELO Discovery Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay X & Y Deep Purple Made in Japan Rolling Stones Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) Mono! Daniel Lanois Belladonna Led Zeppelin II MC5 Kick Out the Jams Sundazed 10,000 Maniacs In My Tribe Neil Young Greatest Hits Steely Dan Aja Classic Records reissue CSN first Classic Records reissue CSNY Déjà vu Classic Records reissue Pink Floyd The Wall Pink Floyd DSOTM 30th Anniversary Pink Floyd DSOTM German Import Funkadelic One Nation Under A Groove Grateful Dead Grateful Dead (first album) WS 1689 Grateful Dead Grateful Dead (live 2 record) 2WS 1935 Grateful Dead Live/Dead Grateful Dead History of the Grateful Dead – Bear’s Choice Rush Archives Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult (how do I make an umlaut?) Blue Oyster Cult Tyranny and Mutation Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties Blue Oyster Cult Agents of Fortune (more Cowbell!!) Blue Oyster Cult Spectres Blue Oyster Cult Club Ninja (only one I never had back in the day – had to complete my collection) And, before this next purchase, I had all my LPs off the floor and onto shelves: 200 LP’s of Broadway and movie Soundtracks, mixed with Pop, Classical, and Opera from the late 50’s and early to mid 60’s at an estate auction for $50.00

fred k's picture

I got some old vinyl at a garage sale for free. Well, I did help with the clean-up. The vinyl failed to sell. It was from the late '60s, when tube recording equipment was still used. The LPs are 180g or better and in good condition.