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    Default Vinyl Record Thread

    I couldn't find an existing thread but if there is one, please merge.

    Anyone been buying anything lately and what system do you use to play them?

    I have an old silver Sony deck from the 80's going into a Pioneer amplifier then out to the original Sony speakers.
    The deck has seen better days and I'd love an old Bang and Olufsen Beomaster 2000 but they always seem pricey with faults.
    Any good second hand hi-fi places still exist in Nottingham?

    As for vinyl, I've been hovering over the Warsaw lp which is a collection of early Joy Division recordings. Quite possibly the same extra tacks on the limited edition of Substance.
    Also ordered a new, sealed copy of Strangeways here we come by The Smiths. Years ago I borrowed a girlfriend all my Smiths vinyl and never got it back, so I keep adding bits every now and then.


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    I was given Bryan Adams Ultimate collection of a double album.
    Nice heavy weight; sounds great.
    Marantz TT42 turntable - now 25 years old, but still doing ok.
    Yamaha A500 amp through to Mission floor-standing speakers.
    The amp delivers 85 watts per channel RMS, which is plenty powerful enough for the village!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    I was given Bryan Adams Ultimate collection of a double album.
    Nice heavy weight; sounds great.
    Marantz TT42 turntable - now 25 years old, but still doing ok.
    Yamaha A500 amp through to Mission floor-standing speakers.
    The amp delivers 85 watts per channel RMS, which is plenty powerful enough for the village!
    I've got the Marantz TT130, had it since July 13th 1985, along with my Marantz amp, reversible cassette deck, digital tuner (first that I ever saw), and speakers. So I was able to watch Live Aid with stereo sound. The cassette deck belt has needed replacing for around 20 years, maybe I'll never get around to it. Had to replace the amp 8 years ago. Also had to replace the turntable belt about ten years back. The whole lot cost £650, quite a hefty sum at the time, but for all the use I've had out of it, well worth it.

    Finally succumbed to CD in 1992 when Roger Waters brought out his 'Amused To Death' album on CD only. So paid £180 for a Sony 5 disc autochanger. Aside from getting the laser replaced in around 95, had no problems with it at all, still going strong.

    Haven't been as lucky with DVD players though.


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    "You all forgot Rudolph Hess?"

    Warsaw ep is awesome, had it late 80s early 90s but sold on eBay when I was skint, as I did with the majority of my vinyl.

    Still got the entire INspiral Carpets back catalogue on Vinyl, most of which were brought at time of release and Stone roses viny and a load of indie stuff that was even too obscure to flog on ebay ( Edsel Auctioneer, MOtorclycle Club, Brilliant Corners etc lol)


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    Quote Originally Posted by ozthecoz View Post
    "You all forgot Rudolph Hess?"

    Warsaw ep is awesome, had it late 80s early 90s but sold on eBay when I was skint, as I did with the majority of my vinyl.

    Still got the entire INspiral Carpets back catalogue on Vinyl, most of which were brought at time of release and Stone roses viny and a load of indie stuff that was even too obscure to flog on ebay ( Edsel Auctioneer, MOtorclycle Club, Brilliant Corners etc lol)
    I've got loads of old Indie stuff that I bought at the time.
    Different labels like 4AD, Sarah, Creation... I stopped buying Inspirals stuff after the 'biggest mountain' single, still got quite a lot though. Same with the Wedding Present, PWEI, Neds, Happy Mondays etc.
    Some bands collections I sold when I was also skint, CUD, McCarthy and The Pastels.

    I remember The Brilliant Corners!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    I've got loads of old Indie stuff that I bought at the time.
    Different labels like 4AD, Sarah, Creation... I stopped buying Inspirals stuff after the 'biggest mountain' single, still got quite a lot though. Same with the Wedding Present, PWEI, Neds, Happy Mondays etc.
    Some bands collections I sold when I was also skint, CUD, McCarthy and The Pastels.

    I remember The Brilliant Corners!
    Cud are brilliant, seen them live several times and even now they still do a bloody good set.

    Wasn't overly keen on the BIggest Mountain myself and the whole of that album - but by that time i was in too deep lol

    Oh and Brilliant Corners i still love to this day and they are constantly sung along to at high volumes whem im in the car - Perfect teen angst indie pop


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post

    I remember The Brilliant Corners!
    Me too. I remember one of the lads that used to come to football telling me that they were the next big thing and I should listen to them. I did, but wasn't impressed. To give him credit though, he had previously pointed me in the direction of the Wedding Present and Half Man Half Biscuit.


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    Technics turntable, mated to a Cambridge Audio amp with custom built speakers from Wilson Benesch.

    A mate of a mate owns Wilson Benesch, so mates rates there, but they weren't cheap. The amp was bought 2nd hand from Audio Images in Sheffield and the Technics turntable from Richer Sounds, a five minute walk from Audio Images, up near the Royal Hallamshire hospital.

    I recently splashed out on an Ortofon cartridge for the turntable in the Christmas sales, almost £200 but the sound picked up is on another level, money well spent.

    As for vinyl, I'm still trying to build my collection back up again. At one time I had over 1500 LPs and an assortment of 7 and 12" singles, much of it limited pressings of punk, skate, rock and ska that was cherry picked in a burglary 20 years ago when I lived in Hockley. I'm probably back up to about half of the original collection but they are re-issues with new artwork, or added/deleted tracks, certainly not the originals.

    A good mate of mine, Rob, who owns the Feather Star micropub in Wirksworth does a sterling job of hunting down rare, limited runs of vinyl for my back catalogue, otherwise most of my vinyl comes from trawling various record stores in Derby, Sheffield or Birmingham along with attending record fairs if I get the time.

    With the advent of digital it's so easy to get blase about music, pretty much anything I want to listen to is available at the push of a button, but there's something magical about owning something tangible, that's been lovingly created, from the actual music produced through to the artwork and sleeve notes.

    Can't beat vinyl.

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    Default Re: Vinyl Record Thread

    I already love this thread.


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    I was tempted to buy a B&O turntable whilst looking for something for my son recently. Until I saw the price of a cartridge and or stylus. F me, I appreciate you need decent gear but there's a limit to how good your ears are so that was a 'no thanks' from me. PL120D turntable SA750 amp and some new or secondhand speakers. Currently I've not got it setup and the speakers I have aren't the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redad View Post
    I was tempted to buy a B&O turntable whilst looking for something for my son recently. Until I saw the price of a cartridge and or stylus. F me, I appreciate you need decent gear but there's a limit to how good your ears are so that was a 'no thanks' from me. PL120D turntable SA750 amp and some new or secondhand speakers. Currently I've not got it setup and the speakers I have aren't the best.

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    That puts me off as well.

    I might just get another Sony, there's plenty on eBay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Redad View Post
    I was tempted to buy a B&O turntable whilst looking for something for my son recently. Until I saw the price of a cartridge and or stylus. F me, I appreciate you need decent gear but there's a limit to how good your ears are so that was a 'no thanks' from me. PL120D turntable SA750 amp and some new or secondhand speakers. Currently I've not got it setup and the speakers I have aren't the best.

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    Make sure that you have decent "interconnects" and good quality speaker cable with gold plated banana plugs.
    Decent cables can make budget speakers sound a lot better; crap cables make every speaker sound budget.
    If you are in the market for new speakers, there are some really good deals out there, and you do get some decent 2nd hand on EBay as hi-fi buffs go all high tech and digital.
    My Missions were 2nd hand on EBay - £110, absolutely pristine and £600 brand new.
    Even my bro who swears by his Sonos stuff says the whole sound is far meatier on my rig.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    Make sure that you have decent "interconnects" and good quality speaker cable with gold plated banana plugs.
    Decent cables can make budget speakers sound a lot better; crap cables make every speaker sound budget.
    If you are in the market for new speakers, there are some really good deals out there, and you do get some decent 2nd hand on EBay as hi-fi buffs go all high tech and digital.
    My Missions were 2nd hand on EBay - £110, absolutely pristine and £600 brand new.
    Even my bro who swears by his Sonos stuff says the whole sound is far meatier on my rig.
    I have no issues with second hand stuff, indeed my turntable, amp and tape deck are all secondhand. I had some Dovedale speakers which were also used but so big I had to get rid.
    Unless you want to spend a fortune, good quality 70's gear is the way to go, looks mint too.

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    I've kept all my vinyl so I really should get the system up and running. I was given the amp and whilst testing it I discovered that plugging the iPod into it produced a rather pleasing sound. I love old pioneer kit and have a fabulous tape deck, just right for the tape cassette revival! ( No thanks)

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    Just had this pop up on my facebook feed - Loved Going up to Manchester and visiting Eastern Blok records circa 1990, followed by a browse around afflecks Palace, a drink in Dry Bar and a night out on the town

    https://www.facebook.com/ClassicAlbu...8209393372312/


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    Back in the day I used to buy all by my hi-fi stuff from Richer Sounds on Mansfield rd. Is it still there?

    Due to lack of space (at the time) I sold all my 1960s, 70s and 80s vinyl, and replaced them with CDs.

    But I did keep all my original 1950s rock n roll, and my Sun Label collection stuff too.

    Mrs rockabilly had a massive 50s vinyl collection which we gave to our daughter. She plays vinyl every day in her bedroom whilst doing her homework on my mum's old Fidelity Hi- Fi.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rockabilly View Post
    Back in the day I used to buy all by my hi-fi stuff from Richer Sounds on Mansfield rd. Is it still there?
    I got my Cambridge Audio amp from there about 8 years ago. Nice helpful staff. I was actually considering a different one, but one of the staff recommended the Cambridge one as being at least as good if not better than the more expensive one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Forestjones View Post
    I got my Cambridge Audio amp from there about 8 years ago. Nice helpful staff. I was actually considering a different one, but one of the staff recommended the Cambridge one as being at least as good if not better than the more expensive one.
    Cambridge are a good company, but theyre co-owned by Julian Richer. In the UK audio hardware community they have a reputation as being audiophile for people who can't afford audiophile - this can be taken both ways. I rate them, personally, My amp is also Cambridge Audio, from the Azura range. They also make good quality interconnects too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redemption View Post
    Cambridge are a good company, but theyre co-owned by Julian Richer. In the UK audio hardware community they have a reputation as being audiophile for people who can't afford audiophile - this can be taken both ways. I rate them, personally, My amp is also Cambridge Audio, from the Azura range. They also make good quality interconnects too.
    I had a Cambridge amp when I first acquired my hi-fi separates back in 1991.
    It was OK, but 5 years ago I listened to the then new Yamaha A-S501, which was voted best amp under £500 by What Hi-fi.
    At £260 at the time it was, and still is a lovely bit of kit, and matches up well with my Mission floor-standing speakers.
    The Cambridge's popularity stood me in good stead as I sold it on EBay for £160, not bad when I only paid £180 for it brand new all those years ago.

    Anyway, I have a question: what is people's experience with USB turntables?
    I am thinking of getting one to transfer my vinyl onto the computer.
    Is there a particular model anyone would recommend?
    And do they come with editing software so that I can clean up the worst of the clicks and pops?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Sinister View Post
    I had a Cambridge amp when I first acquired my hi-fi separates back in 1991.
    It was OK, but 5 years ago I listened to the then new Yamaha A-S501, which was voted best amp under £500 by What Hi-fi.
    At £260 at the time it was, and still is a lovely bit of kit, and matches up well with my Mission floor-standing speakers.
    The Cambridge's popularity stood me in good stead as I sold it on EBay for £160, not bad when I only paid £180 for it brand new all those years ago.

    Anyway, I have a question: what is people's experience with USB turntables?
    I am thinking of getting one to transfer my vinyl onto the computer.
    Is there a particular model anyone would recommend?
    And do they come with editing software so that I can clean up the worst of the clicks and pops?
    I considered the Audio Technica LP120 which is a copy of a Technics SL1200, it has a USB port, supposed to be decent quality and they're around £200 in Currys/PC World.
    Not sure about them coming with software, might be worth reading some reviews.


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    Default Re: Vinyl Record Thread

    In Hull we have moved on to cassette tapes now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GOBIAS View Post
    In Hull we have moved on to cassette tapes now.
    You wait till you get channel 4... Brookside is mint


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    Quote Originally Posted by GOBIAS View Post
    In Hull we have moved on to cassette tapes now.
    I thought they were still on 8-track up there. Did they find out about cassettes during their City of Culture year?


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    You don't get that on a cd or mp3






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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo View Post
    You don't get that on a cd or mp3



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