So you want to start collecting vinyl records. Well, if this is something that you are serious about, you need to know the right way to go about it. It does not have to be an intimidating process as some people usually think. It does not have to be expensive either. Regardless of your music tastes, you can find vinyl records from the artists that you love and adore. You just need to know the right places to look for these records. Since collecting vinyl records it not an exact science, it does not have concrete rules that you must follow. But if you want to make the process much easier, the following are some of the things that you should consider before jumping into it.
Collect Vinyl Records That You Will Actually Listen To
It will be pointless to go through the hassle of searching for vinyl records that you will never listen to. Even though this may seem like a very simple thing to do, you will be surprised at the number of individuals that usually buy music that they think they would like but end up shelving it in their houses. Another mistake that some people make is buying records with the hopes that they may be worth a fortune someday. If you want to get value for your money, buy vinyl records that you will be absolutely happy to own.
Visit Thrift Stores and Record Shops Regularly
Since thrift stores and record shops are the places where you are likely to find the best vinyl records, you should be sure to visit them regularly. Whenever you visit these shops and stores, make sure that you check if the titles that you want are available. If the titles are available, buy them immediately. Most used vinyl record stores cannot be able to control what their stock will be on a particular day. One day they may lots of vinyl records from a particular artist and some days none at all. If you find the titles that you want but postpone to buy them till a later date, you may come and find that they are not available anymore.
In case you do not find the vinyl records that you are looking for during your first visit to a thrift store or record shop, do not give up. Visit the stores a number of days every week or month, or every day if you can. Visiting a record store only once a month will not cut it. Since most of them sell on a first come first serve basis, you need to be visiting them all the time if you want to increase your chances of finding the titles that you are looking for. There are some record store owners that may be willing to take your contacts and inform you once the titles that you are looking for are available. If you come across such a store, good for you.
Become Friends with Clerks or Sales Representatives at Record Stores
Collecting records mostly relies on a network of sellers and buyers. The more you know the clerks or sales representatives at the thrift shops or record stores you will be visiting, the easier it will be to find the titles that you are looking for. Make sure that you tell them what you are looking for. If you form a good relationship with them, they are likely to guide you towards what you need. They might even take your phone number or email address and be updating you whenever new or old vinyl records are added to their store.
Do Not Assume That All Limited Records Are Valuable
When it comes to collecting vinyl records, it is without doubt that you would want to go for what you consider the most valuable records. Some people have the notion that rare or limited records are the most valuable ones. There are some that might be valuable, but others may have become that way because no one wanted to purchase them when they first came out. If a record company was mindful to put a limited edition sticker on a record, it is also possible that they made enough copies in order to offset the printing cost as well as cost of applying the sticker. The most important thing to do when buying a vinyl record is choose it because you like it. If you buy a record thinking that it can help you offset bills or finance your child’s education later on by reselling it, you may be very disappointed. It is hard to predict if the value of an album or EP will increase in future.
Consider Collecting the Vinyl Records in Themes
While it is difficult or close to impossible to have every record you want, you can still try and see if you can manage to get all the titles that you are looking for. The best way to do this is by collecting the records in themes. You will need to track every record tyou are looking for from a certain artist, band or specific music genre. An alternative will be to collect the vinyl records based on cover art, size or record label. The fun part about record collection is actually assembling that involves talking to record store or thrift shop clerks, digging through bins and trading with the people you meet. When you enjoy the process, the collection is going to take care of itself.
Get Ready For How the Music Will Sound On LP
Since vinyl is softer than plastic, it can scuff and scratch very easily. Even though most of the stuff that you will hear when you drop the needle on the vinyl record will be music, it is very possible that there will be some background noise especially if the LP is older or the turntable you are using it quite junky. If the sound quality of the records you are looking for is an important thing, it is imperative that you invest in a high quality record player. It will also be a good idea to buy few albums and keeping everything clean instead of buying a lot of albums that you will not be satisfied with.
The cross that you may have to bear as a vinyl enthusiast is the background noise. Most of the old records have a crackle that you will just have to learn how to roll with. You may even find some that are stained with candle wax or coffee mug rings. If you cannot find anything better to buy, you will have no option but to buy those ones.
When You See It, But It
When you come across a vinyl record that you seriously need to include in your collection, buy it. If you pass on the record now, chances are that it would be many years down the line before you come across it again. There may be so many people out there who have interests and tastes that are similar to yours and are looking for the exact vinyl records that you are looking for. If you allow something that you need in your collection to slip away, you may end up with regrets later on. Do not even give yourself the afternoon to think about it because the record may find its way into somebody else’s hands before you make up your mind and come back for it. The trick is to strike while the iron is hot if you want your vinyl collecting business or hobby to be successful.
Vinyl sales have skyrocketed these days. So if you are thinking of becoming a vinyl record collector, you are about to make a good move that you will have nothing to regret about in future. Music lovers are turning to this type of music because it is pure and fun. As long as you keep the above-mentioned tips in mind, you will have an easy time in this business. Do not spend a lot of time trying to figure out if you will buy a vinyl record or not. You need to act fast to prevent somebody else from beating you at what could have been a great deal.
After buying your favorite vinyl records, make sure that you store them properly. Since they can easily get scratched, you need to make sure that they are kept in an environment where the risk of getting scratches is low or nil. For home storage, you can create a shelf or safe that is meant for storage of the vinyl records. For portable storage, you will need to look for compact wood crates that are specifically designed for carrying vinyl records anywhere. These crates can also be perfect for stackable storage. Whatever you do, make sure that the records are safe from any potential harm. The last thing you want is to invest a lot of money on a record and fail to enjoy listening to it as you had planned or be forced to sell it at a throwaway price because it is damaged.