Like more than a few of you, I love scouring the used bins at record shops for cool vinyl, not to mention finding weird stuff at garage sales. I’ve got a very modest collection. About 1000 records at this point. Half I had from before the “resurgence.” The other half I’ve picked up in the past couple of years. Maybe 150 are new, but most are used.
It’s such a joy to play pristine vinyl, but in the interest of increasing my collection of nostalgic stuff from the 60’s/70’s/80’s, I’ve been picking up used records with reckless abandon. On the surface, spending $10-15 is waaaaay more appealing than spending $25. Reminds me of my youth when everything was $6.99.
I have visions of building up a massive collection. And if they’re all new, that’s gonna be a fortune!
I love taking a road trip here and there, to find record stores an hour or two away. Hunting down great stuff. It’s a blast. And I’ve found some really cool albums in my travels.
But lately it’s been veerrrryy frustrating when I come home, clean the vinyl in my Degritter, and play some of these that LOOK ok, but when the needle drops, it’s more noise and skipping than it is music. And i don’t think i’m gonna drive back the 50-100 miles to the shop and complain.
Maybe it’s just the cost of doing business, but I think I need to up my vinyl game. Unless it’s a pristine copy, or some goofy rare out-of-print thing, I think my bin-hunting days are numbered.
What do y’all do with records that are less-than-playable? Drag to trash? Keep for nostalgia but put a big red X on the cover?