Building Your First Vinyl Collection and How to Keep It

Vinyl collection

A few years ago, people don’t even know about the existence of vinyl records as well as record players since they are quite out – of – date and the manufacturers don’t produce in a large quantity like before. However, thanks to the help of the vintage trend and a majority part of DJ using vinyl records and turntables in their performances, the profit, and popularity of this industry is becoming more and more effective in regard to annual revenue. However, not many people know how to collect and store vinyl records in the right way as well as maintain their quality for a long amount of time.

In this post, I will how you how to create your first vinyl collection as well as the basic steps to make them produce proper sounds after several burns. Finally, we will have a brief look at how people using maintenance tools so as to protect their collection.

Vinyl collection

Before going to the main part of the article, I want to show you a short list of device and equipment you should prepare so that you can imagine the average budget:

  • Vinyl collection: you first collection doesn’t need to be unique or special, just some records and a nice shelf.
  • Record player: this might be the first challenge to you since you don’t have much experience in this field, and retailers are all ready to make you confuse with all the offers. Actually the money you should pay just not too much. It’s not going to be your only record player so take your time and save the money. Actually, if you are a person that travels a lot, you should purchase a portable record player with the help of an expert in collecting vinyl.
  • Maintaining devices: the equipment such as outer or inner sleeves might cost you a lot if you don’t know how to buy. So I suggest you should spend at least $100 on them to make sure about the quality and quantity.
  1. Buying Records

The first thing we need to do is to fill up your collection with some records. They don’t need to be unique or be some kind of high – end product, the normal vinyl record is fine. When you step in a record store, it’s similar to set a journey to another world which is full of music and vinyl. Actually, you can build a new collection based on the suggestions of the folks under the counter because they may know even more than the best vinyl expert.

Buying records

In fact, you don’t select the vinyl records based on their title and genre though those criteria are quite important. The quality and condition of the records are what we care about even more. For example, you see a really interesting Jazz record on the shelf and you want to buy it at once, but when you check it, the condition is poor and there are even some scratches on the surface, that’s when you have to say no. You can get it later just by ordering it online so don’t feel sad about that. What we are trying to learning is the way experts look for really good condition and a quality record player as well as how they put them into their collections.

Moreover, you can have a list of record store so that you can update the latest news about the markets, products as well as having information about some exclusive albums and new releases.

  1. Don’t Play Immediately!

I know that by the time you get back home, all you need to do is to turn your record player on, put the new record on the plate and play them out loud so as to feel the music, but you have to do the cleaning first no matter what the condition of the disc is.

The thing is you can’t estimate the condition of your vinyl records just by its appearance. Even new records might have flaws though they are carefully stored until sold. And of course you don’t want anything goes wrong at all, that’s the reason why you have to do some cleaning with rubbing alcohol and soft cloth first before testing it with the record player or the turntable.

  1. Testing And Adjustments

After cleaning the collection, it’s time to enjoy your efforts for a whole day long. If you have purchased some high – end devices for your collection, it would be great since you can enjoy the records completely. However, since we all look for some kind of upgrade day by day, it would be better if we take a look at the market and products and put some money on a better one perhaps.

Record players

As you can see, there are countless types and styles of the vinyl record player as well as a turntable. Each brand has its own advantages and disadvantages so don’t worry if you are being confused by all those stuff. There are some people can’t even distinguish the differences between a turntable and a record player, so don’t be scared if you don’t know some certain brands.

The best way to choose record player is to know how much money you have and how much you would like to invest. Actually, you can get a decent one with just $300 or more. However, notice the stylus, drive and the base of the record player, even when you buy a brand new one since there might be some accidental mistakes by the manufacturing.

Give it a try to see if all the components work well with each other and the product can actually play a record smoothly. If there are some problems and can be solved, I think you should still change your mind and find another one because it would be quite hard to cure all the errors and maintain it for a long run. In fact, you should buy an average one first before moving on to a better quality one with a higher price.