Vinyl – Enough Said!

28 04 2015
Rega RP1 Turntable

My new Rega RP1 Turntable


I was 36 last week and with that in mind and after much discussion and procrastination with my wife about the relative merits of going back to a turntable she bit the bullet and bought me one!

So I am now the seriously proud owner of the Rega RP1, as pictured, what a piece of equipment, and what a sound – I had genuinely forgotten the warmth and range that vinyl offers.

I had an old Garrard about 12 years ago but had gotten rid of it when we moved house along with the majority of my vinyl, I have been undergoing a musical renaissance of late and really just fancied it again. The Rega is bloody easy to set up pretty much plug and play. Not only was it easy to set up but is simple to use and more importantly (not really but to some maybe!) is great to look at with really modern styling.

Currently I own 6 pieces of vinyl so I know for a fact I am going to be off record hunting this weekend to see if I can add a few bits and pieces.

The best thing I own so far is Valtari by Sigur Ros and that is a delight, something I really want though is the latest Godspeed You! Black Emperor offering but I may need to save a few pennies first.

Buying records in their physical form has undergone a resurgence in the UK, I have probably gone on about this numerous times previously on this blog but I still buy CDs (yes god damn it they still exist!), most of my collection is in this digitally recorded format, and I will continue to buy in this way until I physically can’t anymore. Vinyl is different though it is not for everyday listening. I know that sounds kind of stupid but what I mean is that vinyl is special, it takes effort to listen to music in this way, but with it comes feel, texture, smell and the delight of gently handling that piece of plastic before placing it in the spindle. That experience is why I will be switching and buying certain key albums in vinyl, those albums that will either sound great or are intensely personal to me.

What would you recommend?


The Physical Product

15 12 2009

I always said that I would never get an iPod. Never say never as the saying goes as I received my Dad’s old iPod last year when he upgraded. Yes I said my Dad, he had one way before me and I always said I would never own one for good reason.

A lot of thought goes into the versions of albums that I purchase, when there is a special edition version, or even one with different packaging I will always buy it over the regular, bog-standard version.

For me it is not just about the music that is on that CD or piece of vinyl but the purchase is a process and I like to collect and have the physical goods in my hand. Using MP3 or iPod takes this comfort away, using the iPod I can’t delve into the sleeve notes or pick up who produced the album, who appeared as the random harpsichord player or who remixed a particular track. Well I can but having the physical album in my hand is far quicker than even Google or Wikipedia.

Do you not think that the work taken to produce an album cover should be rewarded with people buying the actual item and not just it’s inferior digital counterpart? I do!

Anyway back to the iPod thing, yes I now own one but no it hasn’t taken over my life, the only time I actually use it is when I am travelling on a train or plane and I have never purchased a downloaded track (I may have had a few free one’s off iTunes but never physically bought one). The iPod for me is a tool to give me my music collection on the move. It is not a storage device for that collection, for that I have… wait for it… shelves, I know, how 1990’s of me.

For me discovering music is as much about the product as it is the sound, what about you?

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