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thehunt

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Yes i play the tenor but also listen to loads of music. Just getting back into vinyl after a 20 year + hiatus.
Question is anybody know where to buy good quality LP's.
Thanks
Phil :welldone
 

Nick Cook

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Hi Phil,

If you're ever in Guildford, Ben's Records has quite good reputation. I've never bought a record there, but did get a vinyl record cleaner thingie from him. He's in Tunsgate, just off the High Street.
 

kevgermany

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I have to ask - why? I don't miss the crakles, pops, jumps at all... Constant changing/turning over records is a hassle when I just want to listen. And to my ears (maybe I'm saying something), CDs sound so much better.
 

half diminished

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Yes i play the tenor but also listen to loads of music. Just getting back into vinyl after a 20 year + hiatus.
Question is anybody know where to buy good quality LP's.
Thanks
Phil :welldone
Good man, love vinyl myself and have 600+ LPs and growing. Starting to collect jazz vinyl, Coltrane and the like.

There's load of sources online, even eBay can be pretty good. Also check out

http://www.vinylrecords.co.uk/
http://www.jazzhouserecords.co.uk/
http://www.retrovinyl.co.uk/
http://www.vinylconnections.co.uk/
http://www.vinylnet.co.uk/
http://www.maxvinyl.com/
http://www.simplyvinyl.com/
http://www.adrians.co.uk/
http://www.linnrecords.com/
http://www.htfr.com/jazz/
http://eil.com/
http://www.juno.co.uk/

There's just loads.

I have to ask - why? I don't miss the crakles, pops, jumps at all... Constant changing/turning over records is a hassle when I just want to listen. And to my ears (maybe I'm saying something), CDs sound so much better.
Another Philistine that will never be convinced. If you have to ask mate, you just don't get it. 180g+, half speed masters, that's where its at. Honestly Kev, you need to listen to a mid-level vinyl system properly set up with decent vinyl. It will blow away all but the best top end CD players - move up a step or two and nowt CD-wise will touch vinyl. They are a hassle but that's all part of the fun. Still dreaming up reasons to buy a Michell Gyroscope but Mrs HD won't have it in the house anyway! There was an interesting thread about this stuff a while back I recall.

http://test.cafesaxophone.com/showthread.php?1053-Do-you-still-use-vinyl-and-what-s-you-deck&highlight=vinyl+turntable

and also

http://test.cafesaxophone.com/showthread.php?622-Vinyl-compact-disc-or-mpc&highlight=vinyl+turntable
 

TomMapfumo

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I was interested to see Vinyl available at a Portico Quartet concert, alongside CDs of their new album - also ECM produce good quality vinyl. If you have clicks and plops on your records you simply don't have a high quality stylus - the better quality ones go deeper into the grooves and beyond the noise, as well as clearing out any dust that settles. Both my CD player (Naim CD1) and Turntable (Linn Sondek/Naim Aro arm/Lyra Lydian cartridge/Armageddon power supply) cost about the same, but the Vinyl does edge it, noticeably so IMO.

Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 
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thehunt

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Thanks guys, sorry Kev i agree with HD and Tom on this one. CD is good and i will always listen to it but vinyl is just better, the whole experience, it is tactile, the sleeves are better and most importantly there is a warmth to it and realness that CD just can't compete with. I stopped listening to vinyl cos i lived out of the Uk for over 24 years and could not when i was young man afford to shlep all my gear all over the place. Man i only got a mobile when i was 31 years old...
My good friend is the owner of angelsoundaudio check out his web site i have been priveleged to listen to very high en hi-fi such as Dr feickert decks with three tone arms, Emile amps and phono stages, WOWWWW!!! Needless to say he is my mate but wont let me have it any cheaper, ( tight git ) so right out of my league. Once again thanks for all the tips and web sites i will be checking those out.
OH HD, maybe i can come over and listen to some vinyl???
Thanks guys Phil
 

jonf

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Hmm, well, for me, vinyl and CD are different. But which is better is to my mind a subjective matter, more a question of taste than intrinsic quality of one source over the other. In use both have pros and cons as well. CDs are durable, easy to use and work on the move. On the other hand there's something about a turntable which appeals. It's simple technology, I can look at the individual componenets and understand exactly what each does. There's something tangible and attractive about that. I guess that's why I like engines and mechanical stuff, but find stuff like computer kit merely useful.
 

old git

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Ian,
I thought a man of your calibre would have been able to hear the flaws in half speed cuts from the original tape as even then they used sub-masters.
The direct cut via all thermionic valve chain by The Mastering Lab and sold as Sheffield Lab are worth the listen. Needs a good arm/cartridge combo to even track them as the engineer altered the cutting lathe by hand and prior knowledge of the expected volume rather than rely on electronic means which included compression.

I am turning into a boring old sod.
Wadja mean , turning?
 

kevgermany

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Interesting to hear the names Naim and Linn Sondeck again. My brother had one with a Linn arm, and cartridge and I spent a lot of time listening to it through his Kef Kalindas. Was the bees knees, but I must admit I didn't notice much difference between that and my Akai CD player. I might consider a record deck in the future, but it'll be a while before the kids are old enough. And as for mobiles, I got my first one at 41.... Didn't have a phone at home for many years, didn't miss it, either.
 
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thehunt

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AHH you were lucky, i used to live in cardboard box in middle '0' room.... I also did not get a phone at home till i was 26. Poor sod's eh Kev????

Interesting to hear the names Naim and Linn Sondeck again. My brother had one with a Linn arm, and cartridge and I spent a lot of time listening to it through his Kef Kalindas. Was the bees knees, but I must admit I didn't notice much difference between that and my Akai CD player. I might consider a record deck in the future, but it'll be a while before the kids are old enough. And as for mobiles, I got my first one at 41.... Didn't have a phone at home for many years, didn't miss it, either.
 
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