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In Reply to: RE: From WSJ: Neil Young CD=$10, LP=$42 posted by Bromo33333 on May 30, 2012 at 14:46:28
If the 1990s didn't kill vinyl, nothing will IMHO.
Hmm... I'm not much of one for anecdotal evidence, but here goes. My son goes off to college this summer. When I left for school 37 years ago, it was a big deal deciding who would bring the stereo, and how I would get my albums there (at the time, all 200 of 'em). He's going with a laptop, an iPod, and a good set of headphones. The idea of loading up a turntable, amp, speakers, and boxes of records would strike him as more than absurd, and I would venture to say that there won't be a single member of his class who'd disagree - in fact, I'll reckon that very few of them will even bring CDs. (Peter IV has a stack of discs in his room, and the only time he ever pulls them out is when he wants to rip one into the computer - and he has a nice Scott integrated, a universal disc player, and a pair of classic Advents).
His generation is making the choices that will inform their music consumption for the rest of their lives, and physical media is not part of it. We grew up on vinyl, and we are keeping it alive. But we're getting older, and as people get older, they tend to simplify their lives and shed material things. Then they die.
Yeah, I hear you. But speaking of anecdotal evidence ...
A few weeks ago on Record Store Day I swung by a hipster store near where I live. (Other Music in NYC)
First of all the line was so insane that I didn't even bother. It was mid-day and a guy I asked said he'd been standing in line for 45 minutes. And he was only about half way to the door. There was nothing much I wanted and the line really put me off. I didn't wait.
But the line was all kids waiting to get in to buy records. 20s, maybe a few in their 30s. I realize things can be different in NYC, and that every day is not RSD, but I thought it was very interesting. All those young guys (and some women too!) waiting in line for a long time to buy records.
to sell them on ebay.
It has crossed my mind. Any RSD records worth any serious money? They all seem throw-away. I later got the Bill Evans live blue vinyl 10" (RSD2012) but it turns out it's a sampler for a set that will be out soon-ish, which I probably would have bought anyway.
wilco-whole love deluxe rsd,phish-junta deluxe rsd,flaming lips-heady fwends rsd,grateful dead-dark star rsd.and that's just 4 titles
At the nearest record shop to where I live - specialized in Jazz and Blues LP's - had crowds on RSD (and also on most Saturday Mornings). The clientele is most definitely NOT hipsters trolling for eBay sales. THere are a couple of them, but it isn't the main part of the business. I know the owner, and he told me that in the 20-odd years of being in business, he almost went under 3 years ago, but vinyl sales rising has saved him.
But being 5 hours from NYC ... that's a long distance for someone to get to on a fixie. :)
At least in the hinterlands, in Upstate NY, Vinyl is really coming back. The city I live in has a population of about 700,000 - and we have 6 record stores that either have a large amount of vinyl, or only sell vinyl. 2 have opened in the last few years.
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad"
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