How much is that vinyl in the window?
We recently got a new turntable (an upgrade from the $99 Sony turntable that I got a few years ago at Best Buy). The guy I bought it from said that it was a great entry-level audiophile choice, so I guess I'm now an entry-level audiophile. It's been great – now we just need better speakers.
I've never not had any vinyl LPs... the small record collection I built during the '80s did whittle down during the '90s but there were still a few in a box somewhere that I got back. The rippled Prince 1999 album that got left in the sun and that I was able to somehow press back into play-able shape with an iron is forever lost. The needle always looked like it was riding waves in the ocean.
So now we go record shopping again! Sometimes for new albums but often to replace records I used to have. I'm not a collector but it's really cool to check prices for LPs and 45s and to see what's considered valuable.
Check out the latest editions of the Goldmine Record Album Price Guide and the Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records. You'll get listings of pricing info but also some great guidance for collecting 45s, picture sleeves and EPs, 12-inch singles, albums and selected 78 RPM records. You can also read about why "a still-sealed record is the record-collecting equivalent of the paradoxical thought experiment called 'Schrödinger's cat'."
The price guides are available in Reference on Level 3 at the Central Library. Stop in to take a look at them and stay all day! Find out how much a near mint 1973 copy of Led Zeppelin's "White label promo only" Houses of the Holy album would be worth!
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