Vinyl Records



Source: New Yorker



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  1. louis commented on Dec 26

    I will never give up my vinyl. Only downside is the reissues that are digital transfers to album. I have replaced some of my favorites out of necessity. On the other hand they have come out with some great mono box sets (Dylan, Beatles) that are an absolute blast to spin again.

  2. bmz commented on Dec 26

    Don’t forget about pop, crackle and hiss.

  3. Denis Drew commented on Dec 27

    Message from 1968 — from Hi Fidelity magazine in particular — the Absolute Sound of its era:

    When you play a vinyl record: at the thousandth-by-a-thousandth or a square inch where the needle comes in contact with the record the millionth-of-a-square inch point translates the gram and a half of the weight of the cartridge into eighteen thousand pounds per square inch: melting the vinyl at that point.

    The vinyl flows back together — it is undamaged — but it has lost its elasticity. If played again immediately it will be gouged away. It takes 24 hours for the molecules to rearrange themselves to original condition. Hi Fidelity actually presented a series of electronmicrograph pictures to illustrate the story.

    I was once recording Elton John’s Funeral For a Friend on cassette when I realized I made a mistake in the first 30 seconds — I went back; I figured just once over immediately couldn’t hurt. Wrong; that 30 seconds remained dull while the rest of the disc remained forever sparkly.

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