I can understand the need for a good vinyl copy, used or new. And a good recorded LP is allways the best. What the fuss is about, I think, is when some
sellers clain it to better than the pressings made from the releasedate and a few years ahead. That might be the case with Remasters /reissues. But I think it can scare some newcomers away from the pleasure of vinyl playback... "You should not buy that old stuff.. get our new copy at double the price". Some would think "why pay that kind of money when I can get 2 or 3 downoads or CD's with the same artist as the price for one LP?" As you probally know, there's a special feeling about browsing the web or, for those who live in a large city, browse through a used LP section to find the LP you're want for your collection. The smell of the old cover, put on the record after a good wash (low tech in my case, soap and water)and enjoy that sweet music and get a feeling of a tiny bit of history from, say, a 30 or 40 year old record. That is real alternative to digital music, I think, the hole aesthetic about the "ritual" of handling your records and put them on the TT, lower the needle and sit back and enjoy the music. In my case, the LP's for the "right" release date is "the real thing" and I admit that is psychical delusion because a reissue / remaster will probally sound the same but without the pops and clicks. But I don't mind the surface noise, as you know, brand new unplayed present releases can have surface noise too even after washing. And you can't compaire who I experiented vinylplayback back in the '80's with today since I now have better hi-fi and have differnt values than over 20 years ago. If I have met someone who really knew about hi-fi back then, I might have kept on buying vinyl along with CD's. But vinyl was out, CD's were in. Like today, downloads are in CD's are out. The differnce is that Vinyl allso er in and everybody a leats know about vinyl. Witch brings me back to the claim from some
sellers. Let's get the message out: You can have a hole new musical experince for a reanable amount of money with a TT at a reasonable price and used and new recording allso at reasonable prices. I browse the web alot for new and old music and I been reading alot about hi-fi lately since i'm to change my pre amplifier and upgrade my TT and speakers, now when I will have money free of my budget again to save up this year. And I just get Pi**ed off buy the majorty of reviewers and sellers who claim to be able to hear the grass grow and who say call good desent hi-fi for entry level and "a good way to start". Some start there and stay there and that is just fine. On other forums I can read about some newcommer who ask about a new cartridge for his "entry level" TT and is told to change the dam'n Tt instead..what's that all about. No wonder hi-fi sale is in regression if the belief is that you have to use an obscene amount of money before you get the right sound. And if you can't hear the differnce on one cable from another, you're just a half def ignorant. That said, it pleases me to see that "What Hi-Fi" is making reveiws on producs at all price ranges and are focusing on the product's strenghs within it's limits... more of that. Tell people that the good old hi-fi at a reasoable price can be more than enough for the avage listner. It would be a giant step up from the smartphone or ipod anyway. Tell the avage listner that there is tons of LP's and CD's without compressed sound. And the music on the is far more alive and groovy that the mainstream one hit wonders they play on the radio and youtube. Thank's to the "older" persons who played pinkfloyd, Led Zeppelin and other 60's and '70's music (on CD's though
)for me as a young man in the '80's, they're opend up my eyes for a hole new world of music and had shaped my music taste as it is even today. That and heavy metal and speed metal, don't listen to it now, but it turned me away from mainstream pop and made me open for all kind of music.