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

Ray Masters's picture

Lately I am listening to more vinyl than digital. I have just found so much stuff in my 6000+ LP collection that I didn't know/forgot was there that I am feeling like my birthday and Christmas came all at once. It is hard to describe the excitement of discovering these gems. Just cannot tear myself away from my hifi! Complete happiness!

Mark D's picture

Every chance I get!

Jared Gerlach's picture

My last vinyl purchase was during the first Bush administration. I have seldom regretted moving away from analog, but I do wish I could have access to some of the music that has never been released through a digital medium.'s picture

Eww—why would I actually pay for crackles and pops? And something I can't rip, can't play in the car, can't play on a portable, can't play on a music server. No thanks.

Dismord's picture

Sadly, I'm finding the quality control of many non-classical LP recordings very bad. Considering a premium price is often asked, this isn't good enough.

Jim Tavegia's picture

Not many new, but quite a few used at prices up to $5, mostly from used record shops like Fantasyland records in Buckhead in Atlanta.

Gerry's picture

BlueNote reissue, Classic Records, Mosaic, Music Matters, Analogue productions—yep, I am buying a few.

n's picture

Mostly old vinyl, but also the occasional new. I think I am going to buy more new ones, though.

Terry's picture

One new for every 15 used.

Paul Luscusk's picture

Iit is a 80/20 mix used to new LPs for me at the present time.

JJZL's picture

And I will keep on buying them

punkdolphin's picture

I have the old stuff on CD that sounds great on my Cambridge Azur 840c, so I can go new on the vinyl. I'm thinking of doing a vinyl review for a website.

R Scofield's picture

I spend more on new records than any other medium.

Allan's picture

Warmth of sound does it for me.

selfdivider's picture

I probably buy one a week.

Derwyn Goodall's picture

Yes I buy new records—plenty of them. Did I say I buy lotsa new records?

Chris Heinonen's picture

I buy mostly new releases, so I buy a lot of new albums all the time. I buy some used albums, but not nearly as many as I buy new.

ty sproul's picture

I buy primarily new records. New vinyl and SACD account for 90% of my music purchases.

Doug Bowker's picture

I have around 900 LPs, and I could have double any day if I had the time and money. i'll buy new when I can, but I love a good used bargain. Depends on the band and what I find. For used, I have a cleaning machine—essential.

sat's picture

More new than used.

Jack Daniels's picture

I love vinyl, but new records tend to be a bit expensive. Sometimes it's just easier to torrent those rare finds than ponyin' up 20 or so bucks for the great quality.

CBC's picture

How come I can't pick "lots of new records" and "mix of new and used"? Both apply to me.

sammy's picture

eBay is a convenient place to shop for used vinyl in good condition. I find new vinyl to be somewhat less of a value. You can buy it online but it's never as cheap as the CD—not that it necessarily should be, but when you're broke it's harder to keep the faith. Last time I checked, LPs offer "anti-piracy" in a way digital files do not. And the labels still don't care. Look at the discography on a typical artist's official site and often there's no mention of the LP you know was released. Capitol releases some new and some old titles on LP but characterizes everything as "Vault," as if new LPs aren't being made, aren't viable. A recent marketing disappointment: I had a great experience buying Everything that Happens, Will Happen Today online. You can get a lossless FLAC download. Who needs the CD? And I like the music. Months later, they now offer it on LP for $20. I might have splurged a few months ago, but not today after having already shelled out $10. Offer a discount to those that already bought? Nope.

Ace Mineral's picture

What is it with these record people?

tonyE's picture

I have bought a few records off and on and quit buying CDs a long time ago. I guess that with 400+LPs I don't really want to buy more. I would buy high resolution, non-compressed downloads but the market (catalog and price) is not there yet. Also, music listening is a solitary endeavor and I sort of like doing it with the family (or at work with headphones). I do buy DVDs. Oddly, that is satisfying. And I have found out that I listening and watching is a more enjoyable and engaging endeavor. I would really love to have video attached to the audio. Not necessarily MTV stuff, but stuff like static shots of the orchestra, or operas or just the musicians sitting around and playing the music. Oh! BTW, the state of US music sucks.

Don McKearney's picture

To actually find the album you're seeking is the greatest battle!

Al Earz's picture

I actually have decided to stop or drastically reduce buying new vinyl. It is ridiculous to pay $25-35 for a record that has the surface noise of a $4 used copy. I gues I am boycotting till the vinyl pressing folks can assure quality and profit instead of just profit!

Bubba in SF's picture

You should have included buying used LPs from a reseller. In our area we have a used record store that rates used LPs by condition and that is what determines the price. They all are between $4 and $8, unless it's an import. Just like whaen you could go to a record store. I haven't been for a while because it is 60 miles away. I hope he can stay in business. Technology can do some amazing things but, sometimes it's a case of "if it ain't broke don't fix it." The record companies pushed CD to be perfect sound and downloads promise convenience. All the LP promised was listening to the latest music from a very diverse range of artists. If this economic downturn shows anything, it's that getting back to basics is what is much more important than the latest gizmo or format. Just an idea. What if the recording industry just worked on finding new talent with unique music and getting it to the public? Nah!

WalkerTM's picture

Tend to try and find old ones in near mint condition. When certain titles are not available, I will splurge on new.

ACF's picture

Why not? Some are wonderfully re-mastered, pristine, collectible, and sound better than the original release.