Do you buy new LP records?

The vinyl boom is one thing, but do analog-loving audiophiles actually buy new records? How about you? Do you buy new LP records?

Do you buy new LP records?
Yes, I buy a lot of new records!
29% (146 votes)
Yes, but it's a mix of new and used.
43% (216 votes)
No, I find 'em on the street for free!
1% (5 votes)
No, I buy used records at yard sales for 25 cents a pop!
6% (29 votes)
No, I already have all the records I need!
4% (21 votes)
I don't spin vinyl
17% (84 votes)
Total votes: 501

David Lunt/KG's picture

It would probably be all vinyl if I could find everything on vinyl! One good thing some record companies are doing is offering free downloads of the LP that was bought. I copy a lot of my records, but it's a big hassle. The free download should help sell more records.

Olivier's picture

New audiophile reimpressions are really worth it (esp. 45RPM).

Bill Bailey's picture

As a classical listener, I find there is no new vinyl and little used in good condition. Furthermore I just don't see the point to vinyl: just rip CDs to 256kbps MP3 and you're as good.

Calvin Miranda's picture

I rather go to the next best (new) thing than go back and make myself believe that vinyl sounds better than the cutting-edge technology. What are these people saying science is advancing in every known field but music?

Jim G.'s picture

I don't spin vinyl. Can't stand the surface noise, storage problems, and general unreliability of the format. I have vinyl from 30-45 years old. The good records sound bad from use. I have CDs from 20 years ago that sound really good.

mrod's picture

I received a Perfection steam cleaner for Christmas and since then I've been on a used record buying tear! Steaming and cleaning on my VPI 17 has made some relative bargains become audio gems. I still by some new vinyl as well as the evil shiny discs, but used vinyl is the new obsession.

D.A.B., Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

Constantly! In these tough economic times, the sheer pleasure of listening to a fine slab of vinyl is one thing I won't cut back on.

Dave in Dallas's picture


ChitoBG's picture

I'm from Manila and I buy both all and new records from Acoustic Sounds, Euclid Records, Music Direct, and Elusive Disk. To save on shipping cost to Manila, which will kill me financially, I normally have the LPs shipped to friends and relatives in US and have them hand carry here. And the analog cult in Manila is getting bigger and crazier everyday.

Dave Slater's picture

Vinyl is always preferred source. When a new CD comes out I wait for vinyl release (usually later) before buying. For example Mark Knopfler material

Laura in Spokane's picture

I buy a lot of new vinyl records. I also buy some used records to fill out my collection. Probably about 80% new vinyl, 15% used vinyl, 5% CDs, and never a download. I purchase most of them from an indie record store. The owner tells me that new vinyl sales is what is keeping him in business. The only time I buy a CD is when the new release isn't available in vinyl. If you compare new vinyl to a Red Book CD of the same release you will be blown away by how much better—more natural, more air around the instruments, more clarity and detail, deeper and wider soundstage—the vinyl will sound. Vinyl lives!

brian de souza's picture

Many of the new vinyl reissues don't sound as good as the original releases, despite the use of better and heavier vinyl.

Jefferson's picture

Typically, I only buy new if it's a 180 gram edition or contains a download of some kind, or hopefully both.

Brian G's picture

Used records confirm, to me, that I want to own a new, quality copy of my favorites. One's the beer, the other the chaser!

Chuckie Girmann, San Diego, CA's picture

I don't even have a turntable and I buy new records. Used vinyl scares me. There's monsters in those grooves.

rpeluso's picture

Not sure I buy a lot of new records, but that is not an option in the responses, unfortunately. I buy, but not a lot.

Bill Clem's picture

Just restarted after 20 years.

kc's picture

As long as Classic and Mobile Fidelity continue to exhibit the quality control and mastering care evident in recent releases, I will pay to play.

Jeff's picture

Some used, but probably >90% are new.

Henry's picture

Haven't been able to afford the new vinyl. I ran a used record shop, and sold the top graded ones for around $4. That was back in 2001.

Dave's picture

My "new" LPs include a lot of reissues, but, yes, I buy a lot.

ken mac's picture

New records cost too damn much. And the new reissues from Capitol, for one, sound like poo.

Victor Lange's picture

A large part of the fun is the fun is the treasure hunt aspect.

Ed Rizzo's picture

I will also buy used LPs as long as I can be sure of the quality

Dewey's picture

CDs and SACDs only. No vinyl. Does that make me an audiophile philistine?

Greg's picture

Got the new U2, got the new old Van Morrison Moondance, got the new Mastodon.

John G's picture

Yes, but they rarely, regardless of what Stereophile or any other music reviews say, they never sound as good as old vinyl.

Kevin Gallatin's picture

Early on (12 -18 months ago) I was finding I had a return rate of 60/70% due to pressing issues. Recently that has dropped to about 20%—it is getting better. Also, in most cases, the 180g vinyl seems to yeild the better quality, sonically and physically (fewer returns).

Bagger's picture

About a 90/10 used/new split. New vinyl is simply too expensive.

Carter's picture

I admit that most of my listening is CDs not albums, but I still buy albums, and not just bargains in the used bin. I buy new vinyl, newly released material. I don't buy that much vinyl, the price and the convenience factor of the little silver discs are quite compelling. Yet there remains something quite tactilely satisfying about opening a new record and playing it on the turntable. I also think the sound is a little bit better than on the same CD (some say mastering, some say inherent vinyl technical advantage, some way both, but I don't really care why).