zwhita wrote:That sort of brings up another sensitive subject all its own: Why would someone sell an original pressing of a great album in the first place, assuming it is still in VG+ or better condition?
Pre 2000's I can see, as people were still dumping their LP collections who did not want them. But now, unless your tastes radically change, or you are the victim of some financial misfortune or worse, or you are a collector who already has another copy you prefer, I just don't see it.
Seems based on that logic, the number of original pressings of any LP available on the used market will only continue to shrink into scant nothingness. Probably should not even be considered now in most cases, even knowing it may be the only way to get the best sound quality.
A few thoughts here...Some people may decide one day to get rid of the bulk of their record collections because they've taken up too much room. Other records may be donated to charity or record stores, as the older owners move on or pass away, leaving their kids to sort out their mess. These are good times to snatch up original pressings, if in very good to excellent condition. Depending on the rarity and price, I will even buy a not-so-good copy, but mainly as a placefiller and a way to hear the music, at least until a better copy comes along...Record shows and estate sales can be particularly good in this regard. I have found Craigslist to be a good place to search for vinyl, too.
Now, if this vinyl resurgence continues to hold and more and better pressing plants pop up (Jack White's Third Man Records pressing plant is right in my own backyard!), things could change...If making good albums is treated as an art and a science again instead of an afterthought, we might start to see better quality reissues coming out. It's not over with yet, folks! Remember, that even in the 50's and 60's, there were "budget" labels like Crown, Diplomat and Sunset putting out all kinds of questionable releases...Some of those may have been decent, but in general, the quality of records even back then could be hit or miss...Certain labels like Blue Note and others were known for their quality pressings...Today, there are labels like Light In The Attic, Norton, Sundazed, Analogue Productions, Daptone, etc. that have put out some quality products...Just as in the past (although maybe a bit more now), there are crappy pressings and there are good pressings...I say know your labels (which ones to buy, which ones to stay away from, etc.), read reviews and know who you're buying from! There are times I will buy an album for the collectability factor or art and not so much the sound, bu only if it's really cheap...I don't pretend about that fact and WHY I bought it! Sometimes, though, with the right knowledge and the skill for evaluating condition, you can get lucky, too, at garage sales, flea markets, antique stores and thrift shops...Take time to do your homework and you will be rewarded with some excellent records!
And regarding original pressings disappearing into scant nothingness, don't forget how many copies of any particular album were sold and/or pressed...You may not have that problem with Pink Floyd's DSOTM, as there are many original pressings floating about...On the other hand, an untouched Beatles butcher cover may be harder to come by...