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I've been thinking for a long (long) time about buying a decent turntable. My question though is for people who are into vinyl and CD. Do you:-

a) Buy the same releases for vinyl and cd

b) Buy main releases for CD and only buy music you think to be suited  to vinyl (or vice versa)

c) Buy main releases for CD and trawl charity shops/car boot sales/ cheap online for vinyl

d) Other (please explain)

The thing is, I know I will appreciate the vinyl sound, I'm just scared it will be a phase... 

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I only buy vinyl

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I have quite a few albums on CD and vinyl where the latter is the original pressing and I buy the later remastered CD. I usually prefer listening to an original recording, even though it may be flawed, as that was the artist's statement at the time and how it was meant to be, given the limitations of the recording process. A bit like saying an original painting is always better than a copy.


I tend to buy new and older releases on vinyl if available and CDs if they are not.


All of my classical LPs have been found in local charity shops and a few rock gems in mint condition have also been found, such as Carole King's Tapestry album, which didn't appear to have been played.

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Hi Octopo.


Firstly, don`t be scared about vinyl being just a phase. If you are a music lover then I expect you will want to keep a turntable forever, especially as you have said you`d like to buy a decent one.


This is how I buy my music nowadays -


a) Buy main releases on vinyl


b) Buy main releases on vinyl and cd if I see the cd cheap somewhere


c) Buy certain main releases on cd only if I`m not too fussed about owning that particular album on vinyl


d) Buy certain main releases on cd if it`s only available on cd


e) Buy none major releases and presents for other people on cd


My last five album purchases have all been on vinyl with just one of the five bought on vinyl and cd (Blackmore`s Night `Secret Voyage`)


A few years back I was buying more cd`s than vinyl simply because a lot of major releases weren`t available on vinyl. Infact it could be the case that some of them were available on vinyl but I didn`t realise. With some of my cds I do regret not searching harder at the time for the same release on vinyl, especially from the early 90`s when cds didn`t sound as good as they do now.


The latest album by Blackmore`s Night which I just mentioned is the first they have released on vinyl. Therefore in the past I haven`t really had much choice!  I own every recording by one of my favourite bands called Mostly Autumn but unfortunately they are all on cd and are unavailable on vinyl. Had they have been I would have bought both formats if I`m honest because they are one of my favourite groups.


Sometimes an album will be released on cd several months before it is released on vinyl. It can be the case that initially you are uncertain wether it will be released on vinyl at all. You therefore have a decision to make, how badly do you want this album? Can you wait for the vinyl release? What if I wait and it never materialises?


It appears that more and more major releases are being released on vinyl as well as older albums being re-released. On top of that there are loads of places where you can buy second hand vinyl. Record Fairs, Ebay, Charity shops.


Buy a turntable, order some brand new 180gm albums which usually arrived sealed and in pristine condition. Carefully unwrap, turn lovingly in your hands and then place on your treasured new turntable. If you`re like me the phase will last a lifetime. Good luck!

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Still prefer and buy vinyl.  These days with a lot of releases you can get the best of both worlds.  Some labels will either throw a cdr of the album or a download code for Ipod / MP3 listening.  For example I just bought the vinyl version of Liam Finn's new album on Transgressive Records.  Came with a cdr with six bonus tracks.  Also bought the 5 x 10" 78rpm boxset of the new Kitty, Daisy and Lewis album which also came with a cd of the abum.  Have bought vinyls from USA labels such as Secretly Canadian and Saddle Creek and they usually include a download code for a mp3 version of the album

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Great advice!ÿÿ

ianmcg:

These days with a lot of releases you can get the best of both worlds.ÿ Some labels will either throw a cdr of the album or a download code for Ipod / MP3 listening.

This is interesting though, never heard of this before. Would this just be for smaller releases looking to get more publicity?

Survivor, great too, I think you may have single handedly persuaded me!ÿ

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survivor:

A The latest album by Blackmore`s Night which I just mentioned is the first they have released on vinyl. Therefore in the past I haven`t really had much choice!  I own every recording by one of my favourite bands called Mostly Autumn but unfortunately they are all on cd and are unavailable on vinyl. Had they have been I would have bought both formats if I`m honest because they are one of my favourite groups.



Can't agree more with your sentiments Survivor! regarding Mostly Autmn, I too am a big fan and agree it's a shame none of their titles are released on Vinyl.


Take the plunge Octopo, be decadent! Buy new releases on CD and 180 or 200 gram vinyl


Use cd for convenience and vinyl for serious listening sessions. Good luck!!

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Buying all new rock/pop/jazz music on Vinyl LP now, unless a title is not available. (buying from amazon UK and good ebay traders)

Buying classical on CD still.

Only have one or two accidental duplicates on both CD and LP so far. Not going waste money buying LP versions of everything I already have on CD.

Also buying from local second hand record shop because (a) they are very good and classify condition of LPs extremeely accurately, (b) have a great choice, (c) have a Keith Monks record cleaning machine so I can get every purchase professionally cleaned for a couple of quid, (d) they are only 5 minutes walk away.

No point in celebrating the recent increase in popularity of new vinyl (and arguing for the superiority of the format) unless I actually buy the stuff brand new wherever possible and do 'my bit' to keep LP production viable.

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We maintain a turntable amp and speakers for playing the vinyl we bought years ago. Nowadays we buy CD and play it on the new system mostly.


I'm a £ for £ fan of CD but there is no question that there is something about vinyl. The ritual if nothing else! Wink

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I do C! Got myself Rick Astley - Whenever you need somebody for 50p today! What a bargin! Great condition too! I find the sound-quality of my Project Debut III better than my Arcam CD73T most of the time (partly due to CD masters being soooo bad) but the "end of arm distortion" can get quite bad sometimes.

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Seems to be mainly releases on smaller or Independent labels.  The only major label band I can think off at the moment was when Radiohead sold their last album as a deluxe vinyl / cd box set.  When payment was confirmed they sent you an e-mail with a download link. 

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Thanks for the replies guy's. Has anyone got any recommendations for turntables, £4-500, max £600 for some real totty?

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RPM5.2.........

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That's what I had in mind, and the Rega P3, but I've only got to know these through WHF. Are there no others in this price bracket?

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There are Project alternatives if you don't like the RPM5.2 shape (and mine gets dusty, for what worth). The Rega obviously. The Firm Funk has a version around that mark I think. You could try for a Michell on eBay (tecnodec, maybe even a gyro) if you push to 600.

And there's always the Technics 1200 if you fancy dj facilities.

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