Vinyl Records and Rare Music

The classic way to listen to music is with vinyl. It is the old form of music playback that is a cherished item for the Baby Boomer generation in North America. However, since the advent of the cassette player, they have faded away and it has been decades since they were actually sold as part of new music packages.

So, for those who wish to go back to the days of Elvis, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, what can they do? Well, thankfully just because cassette players, CDs and mp3 players have come along, it has not meant that all vinyl records have been destroyed. In fact, many still exist.

When you are looking for vinyl records, it does not have to be a hard chore, and you can actually find them in many different places around the city. One of the best places to look is the pawn shop. They are the dens of the antiques that no one wants any more, and you will be able to find some great vinyl records there that could prove useful to your collection.

Second hand shops are also great locations for vinyl records as people donate them when they get newer versions of music playback technologies. You may find a diamond in the rough, or simply a copy of the record your mom threw into the garbage in 1967.

That being said, do not expect to find Led Zeppelin IV, Tommy or Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the second hand store or pawn shops. Even average music listeners know those are valuable and will not give them up without a good price in return.

For the high end and collectable vinyl records you may be looking for, you will have to check out collector’s shops, where you will find the records but not for a cheap price. You can probably expect to pay upwards of $50 to $200 for some records, instead of the one dollar per record you would pay in a pawn shop or second hand store.

Vinyl records have gone the way of the Do Do Bird, and no company makes them anymore. They are nothing more than collector items now for a variety of Baby Boomers and their children who want to grab a piece of history. They can be found in many different places in the city, including pawn shops and second hand stores. At those locations, you will find a variety of vinyl records, from the obscure to the well-known. Of course, for the more expensive and valuable types of records, you will have to go to collector shops, or even better, eBay, which will have every kind of record you could possibly imagine to put into your collection.

These days, there are more opportunities than ever to find the vinyl records you are looking for because they have been supplanted by new technology not once, but three times. In fact, two of the technologies that supplanted vinyl records, cassettes and CDs, are considered archaic these days. So, where are you going to find the vinyl records you are looking for?

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Vinyl music is making a comeback these days in Europe and America. Audiophiles are clamoring for those flat discs and their amazing analog sound reproduction quality. While members of the Internet generation still look to the Web for the downloading and acquisition of music, those who aren’t totally unfamiliar with LPs and 7-inch singles are balancing the trend by staying old-fashioned.

What might be the reasons why vinyl music continues to enjoy enthusiastic supporters? “Their sound quality is the best,” says Paul, whose first record was My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry. “I prefer vinyl over audio cassettes and CDs because of its fidelity to the production and because of the warmer sound.”

Also, vinyl music is classic. They not only brought pioneering developments in recording technology, but one’s record collection can be an indication of one’s good taste. From the flipback or laminated sleeves to graffiti jackets, from colored splatter discs to hard-to-find, out-of-print import music albums, vinyl music is simply in a different level of style and sexy from a folder collection of MP3 songs on a laptop. It’s more prestigious, and rarer, than a digital recording that can be copied and reproduced with a single mouse click.

Of course, they’re also a tribute to the musical revolutions in every era: be it in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Remember gramophones? iPods are cool, but let’s not even begin to compare them to record players.

What do you usually do to all old and used CDs that no longer play? Do you just throw it away or you do something worth about it?

My brother had been collecting movies and music CDs since high school and honestly he has tons of it on his room. Some of them no longer play on the cd player because of too many scratches. Thus, those overused CDs turn out to be his wall decors.

Yes, his bedroom walls are covered by those used CDs that no longer play. He had everything posted on the wall using cement glue. When you enter his room, you would be amazed how those used CDs look so attractive when mounted on the wall.

I’ll try to post some pictures of his room next time. I will try to get the best shot. For sure, if you will see the pictures, you would also try using your use CD as your wall decors.

If you are a CD collector, you surely don’t want to miss a copy of the first solo CD of your favorite artist. You sure wouldn’t mind buying a used CD if ever it happens that record bars run out of stock for that copy. This is exactly what happened to me.

When the first CD of my favorite singers Air Supply went out on the market, I hurriedly visit the nearest record bar and to my dismay all the CDs had been sold. How I long to own their first CDs as the one I have are all cassette tapes. I search at but was not able to find one.

I never had the chance to grab a copy, not until recently that I visited I found a used CD of Air Supply still in good condition, original and sold in a much lower price. I didn’t wait for a second chance, and I bought the CD.

Since then, I don’t mind visiting musicstack for the CDs I’ve been longing for. Musicstack is more accessible for me as I can check them anytime on the web. Unlike record bars that close at night, is open 24/7 and that means I can shop for my favourite CDs even in the middle of the night.

This time, I don’t mind if it’s a used CD, as long as I can grab my own copy.

I usually don’t sleep at night because my job requires me to work on the graveyard shift. I know you understand the feeling of staying awake the whole night. It’s not really normal because for 20 years of my life I always sleep at night and work at day time. Now, it’s the other way around.

I had to find ways to keep me awake. I usually drink a cup of coffee before I start morning and manage to finish a couple more until morning. I don’t want to be coffee dependent and so I started to research of other ways to keep me awake.

There are times that I would prick and pinch myself. The feeling of pain would surely make you awake yet as soon the pain subsides I feel sleepy again. I just realize hurting myself will not do too any good too.

At times, I would stand up every 2 hours, do some stretching and after awhile would return to work. Yet, instead of waking me up, stretching makes me tired that I just feel like sleeping on my bed.

One time, my mother turns on our old music player and she put on some old rare music on play. I never notice I was already dancing to the tune while working in front of my pc and humming. Guess what, the music makes working at night lively and keeps me awake. Alas, I found the solution to my problem!

Today, every time I start working at night, I make sure to turn on my mom’s old music player, put on some country music and start grooving. Time passes by so fast when the music is playing and I was never been sleepy again.

June 2018
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