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Do You Know Your Vinyl?

Before audio cassettes and CDs took over the world of music recording, vinyl records were the widely used audio recording medium. A long time has passed since the popularity of the vinyl record as the medium for music listening, so many people today may not be familiar with what it is.

The idea of portability and ease of use has seeped its way into the world of music as well, which is why vinyl records have been almost forgotten. However, people who consider themselves to be true audiophiles still know the worth of a vinyl record and can even give you a detailed analysis of all the qualitative advantages that a vinyl has over the modern forms of music recording.

Past and Present

A vinyl is a circular device that contains a series of audio recordings by an artist. It is also known as an LP, a record, or a record album. Although, audio cassettes replaced the vinyl record, before things like compact discs and mp3s came along as well, it is still recognized as a novelty among many.

Due to the rarity of vinyl records in the world today, many people are starting to realize their worth once again. It’s not just the quality of sound that makes people want to buy records, but other factors as well.

Valuable and Sensitive

Vinyl records are made from a special kind of plastic or synthetically produced resin, comprising mostly of polyvinyl chloride. They’re usually black in color, lightweight, and shiny. They can very easily be distorted by heat, or if not handled and stored carefully, because of their delicate anatomy. This explains why some of the more valuable ones are highly insured.

The Working of a Vinyl

Records have circular grooves on them, the number of which depends on the length of the audio track on the record. As the needle moves along the grooves, it identifies the track and plays it. The actual process of storing music on a record and then playing it back, however, isn’t as simple as it sounds.

All the Information You Need

Right in the center of the record is a label that often displays the name of the artist, composer, number, and sequence of tracks as well as the name of record itself. One more distinguishing factor is the record’s sleeve, the precursor of CD covers. Each sleeve has some artwork or photos on it to show which record it is made for. The sleeve also contains the names of the artists and the album, in addition to year of release, record company, track listing, and lengths of individual tracks.

Some of the factors that may influence the rarity of a record are the presence of an autograph, and the condition in which the autograph is present. Moreover, some records are also rare because they were only available on limited runs. There are many examples of such vinyl records today, some of them worth thousands of dollars.

So if you have some vinyl records lying around your house, it may benefit you to know their worth. Even if you don’t use them, you might be able to make some audiophile or vinyl collector very happy indeed.

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