Getting into Vinyl
So I had some family up for thanksgiving, and they bought with them a Fisher phono table (turntable?) that supposedly their grandmother left them and now I have it.
I don't have a stereo system, but I do have a bunch of 33 albums and a huge amount (like 200) of 45's.
SO, what i did was use a 1/8th in headphone cable with an adapter to run from the phono's headphone jack to the input on my computer, and then put it through Grageband and play it through my computer speakers. Not the best sound quality, but it works.
It's crazy because I'm finding old beatle's 45s and The Doors and Cat Stevens and all these great 70's albums and I'm hearing them for the first time off of vinyl, albeit through tiny comp speakers...
I don't really have a point or question, I just felt like talking. :-)
Ah, memories. There's something to be said for some music being heard on vinyl... especially rock n roll, and early Stones/Beatles- type music. The digital sound often is just too clinical, IMO.
I inherited from my older sister, an Ink Spots vinyl album, recorded I think in 1961, a time when *shock, gasp, horror* bands would record as a band playing together in a studio all at the same time. That, together with the funkiness of vinyl technology made for real "feel".
I also remember listening to....
(Adjusts false teeth and rambles off into distance...)
Yes I still play my old vinyl's on a turn table.
They sound so much better than CDs, which sound so much better than mp3s, funny how technolgy goes backwards in some ways. It' s more convenient now, but sound quality isn't as good, which is fitting, because music isn't as good either. At least commercial music, is't so lame an not art anymore, all about the $$. Now it's all auto tune and "heeey..."
Hah! Colin, spoken like a true codger! I agree wholeheartedly, but then I was lucky to grow up hearing music go through it's radical changes... The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Cream, etc. Unfortunately not a lot of new changes have happened since then, it's largely retreading the old stuff, and more often than not, not doing it very well. Oasis? Please... all been done before, and much better.
<<<End of old codger rant>>>
I feel good... I knew that I would...
Ah yes, vinyl. Nothing like opening up an album that has been wraped in cellophane for over thirty years and listening the phonograph needle hitting it for the first time. Sounds sooo sweet.
Last count, over 1000 lps.
Recent addition: BRAHMS, The Four Symphonies. 1965. Sealed in original wrapper. Well, not any longer...
SAE TWO 75 watt amp & reciever.
Techincs Direct Drive turntable.
Original purchase date: 1982
...and yes, the stylis (needle) has been replaced many times.
I spy with my little eye an album by Styx. "Pieces of eight", I believe?
that's an impressive collection! Love browsing through those in stores - so broad and solid...
Thanks Merkindt. Picked up a couple of Cheech & Chong lps in real good condition the other day at a thrift store for a quarter each. Still looking for a copy of Big Bamboo with the rolling paper. Also got a very good condition of Monty Pythons Matching Tie and Handkerchief. (the record with 3 grooves.)
...and yes Barry, a Styx picture disk with a very low serial number. Wasn't easy finding a clock where I didn't have to enlarge the spindle hole of the record to fit the lp onto.
Good thread, I still break out the vinyl now and again myself. I started to capture/convert them a while back with the intention of selling the vinyl on ebay just to get rid if them but when I started listening to them I just decided to keep them (at least for a while longer lol). The vinyl just seems to produce a richer sound although it may be nostalgia..........*says another old codger. lol
It's fun to just to go through them and check out the album art!