Hi, I'm new on the forum and have been reading with interest the 'rate your new vinyl' thread. If this has been covered a hundred time before then I apologise, but I was after some tips about places or websites where you guys are buying all of these great LPs from? I always used to buy on vinyl in the '80s and early '90s, until CDs took over. I've kept the vinyl collection going with second hand purchases from shops, car boots and ebay, but I'd now like to get back into buying new vinyl. I'm not sure where to start looking though? Any advice would be gratefully received.
Amazon & Diverse Vinyl is a good plkace to start - Im sure someone will be along soon with more places!
Michell / Icon Audio / Kudos
Really depends what new vinyl you are after...
Amazon is great for new releases but watch out for the price they are charging - you may get better from one of these other sources, especially if the new release has been out for a while. Prices seem to go up, not down
www.diversevinyl.com is great for reissued/remastered and audiophile stuff (from labels like Mobile Fidelity). and they sometimes have a stand at the hifi shows.
You can also try (all excellent) :
For rarer american and audiophile stuff, or if you want to ship a bunch in one go, or have a US mailing address, go for...
Hi there and welcome!
I tend to get a fair amount of vinyls from Juno.com and What Records but you can find some rare stuff at Normans records. You've mentioned eBay which I have found hit and miss with playback quality recently.
I'm lucky that I have a few actual record shops on my doorstep in Leeds. Particularly useful as I'm trying to lessen my use of Amazon.
Jumbo is my favourite and has a large range of vinyl in store. Crash Records is also excellent and although they have less vinyl in stock than Jumbo they can get hold of difficult to find albums at decent prices. Both stores have really helpful and knowledgable staff.
There are also a couple of excellent second hand stores. Not sure of the current name but its just opposite The Grand Theatre, off the Headrow, Leeds.
Online, I agree that Diverse Vinyl is good. Also a nod to Sugarbush Records who seem to have a fantastic array of 60's, 70's and 80's vinyl.
Oh yes, and forgot to mention What Records, as noted above, they've been very good in terms of quality of service.
Have bought number of discs recently. Some very good ones. These are all thoroughly recommended.
Kraftwerk. Both Autobahn and Radio Aktivtat. These are the German versions, on 180g and come complete with booklet. Sound superb.
James Blake- James Blake. 180g double album. Window rattling bass.
The Doors – LA Woman. On Rhino. Fantastic cut, hearing bits on it I certainly don’t remember, all instruments very clear.
Bobby Womack – Bravest Man. Great album, great production.
Devendra Banhart – What Will be. Love this album and this is better than the cd. Double 180g, gatefold. So many styles but all great.
Have also bough the Foals – Holy Fire deluxe edition, although very well done with coloured 180g, gatefold sleeve containing a dvd and demo cd somehow the vinyl never quite makes it, cd version better.
Diverse Vinyl feeding my addiction
The new My Bloody Valentine album - mbv - arrived yesterday. Beautiful gatefold sleeve LP with the CD in a slit in the inside cover.
However, as I got in quite late and My Bloody Valentine can only be played LOUD, I can't vouch for the music or the pressing yet. I'll report back.
Great to have mbv back, transports me back to being a student 20 years ago!!
Sorry for the delay in reviewing but I've been a little busy. Anyhow, I spent the Easter weekend listening to a lot of music (too cold to do anything else really) and listened to the new My Bloody Valentine album, mbv, several times. To say that 20 years disappeared at the drop of a tonearm is an understatement! This could have been recorded a week after Loveless. However, let me qualify by saying that this is in no way a criticism. It's fantastic to have MBV's massive wall of sound back in my life and I will be listening to this for quite some time I would imagine. Great pressing, very clean and excellent presentation and packaging as well. If you were a student 20 years ago and fondly remember "dancing" to MBV down the student union, then get yourself a copy as you will not be disappointed.
Next up will be David Bowie's The Next Day. I've been listening to this on Spotify since it's release and am eagerly awaiting my trip to Sister Ray on Saturday to pick up a vinyl copy.
Managed to pick up the Joe Bonamassa double vinyl LP of the Vienna Opera House Acoustic set, from FNAC in France (€17).
First thoughts of the packaging are that it is a well-presented set.
However...no download voucher and then the playing quality - awful !!!!
Side A - major crackling during track one, not resolved by antistatic brush clean.(the exstatic one).
Side C - track two - crackling again.
I don't generally have static, and this was not resolved on repeat plays.
Does anyone else have this album, with same problems, or do I have a duffer?
I would say, although I do not have this on vinyl, that you have a duffer.
Also I have just had the pleasure of listening to Neil Young 'Massey Hall 1971' on Reprise label and part of his Archive Performance Series.
It has to be one of the best live recordings I have ever heard with absolutely quiet background between tracks and no surface noise at all. Certainly it urged me to crank it up a little further than my normal listening levels.
Loads of second hand expensive kit!
After a delay caused by the Rega P3 going away for a service, new cartridge (Elys2), belt and set up, I sat down at the weekend for a listen to two new vinyl purchases.
- David Bowie - The Next Day
- John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
Both albums are lovely presentations across two LPs in gatefold sleeves with accompanying CDs for ripping. They also both sound great with absolutely minimal background noise and great recordings/pressings. The John Grant album is also presented in beautiful pale green vinyl, which looks great spinning on the Rega.
Another bad experience! Just received my copy of the new Dawes album - "Stories Don't End" from amazon.
Side A and Side C - needle wouldn't even get to the playing groove - a big run-in area but my needle just slid off the record. Unless I managed to place the needle exactly where the playing started, it would head west.
Plus the first disc was markedly warped.
Side A also had a trianglar scratch mark, straight out of the sealed package, and another hairline scratch
Otherwise, a great sounding record (in terms of the music). It's now heading back to amazon. Anyone else had any quality issues with this release, as I want to get a replacement?
The new album by Van Dyke Parks. "Songs Cycled". Double LP with CD included. A relative bargain at £13.98 from amazon.
Very interesting music, but my copy tainted by serious distortion/crackling on the right channel. Was it my stylus etc? Switched to a copy of Tea for the Tillerman on AP - nope, my system is all fine.
I have had experience of a new vinyl being poor on first play, then improving, so I'll give it a few plays to see if it does.