plyscds wrote: I never see anyone carrying records or CDs to the cash registers in stores that still carry those selections. They've even stopped carrying Crosley products. CD collections left in stores are pitifully bereft of variety,
That is because of webshopping. Majority of people buy vinyl on internet, it is more easy to get what you want. I also bought all hifi components on the web, because I got what I want and it was cheaper like in local store.
plyscds wrote:and you have to look carefully to find a new receiver with a built in phono preamp, much less a tape monitor loop.
That is not reality. Actually all of new japanese amplifiers have built-in phono stage also on entry level. A few years ago reality was different, that is why there are a lot of cheap phono preamps still on the market. I see also otputs for tape recording on majority of them.