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February 28, 2010


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Doug Zielke

You had to guess I just couldn't read your comments about the LP, and stay quiet. NO!

"...Painfully inconvenient...Turn them over... Cleaned delicately..." Well, dealing with the vinyl format is hardly painful. That would describe, say, dental surgery. Rather, I find the "ritual" I go through when playing records a source of pleasure and relaxation. Indeed, just watching my J.A. Mitchell turntable (which I consider a work of mechanical art), comforts me in knowing the world does not consist entirely of one's and zero's.

Record hunting on a rainy weekend is also a most enjoyable adventure. Just ask any vinylphile the joy he/she gets by flipping through the dusty bins looking for hidden treasure.(Next time you are speaking to Doug Ramsey, ask him if he ever visited the legendary, Bud's Jazz Records in Seattle).
And so your find ends up with a warp, a skip or a pop. Not to worry, it's seldom bad enough to trash the entire record. Record collecting and playing teaches you many lessons, not the least of which is patience.

Yes, I do have an excellent CDP. It's easy to operate and depending on the recording, digital can sound better than 50 year old vinyl. But when I want to really get involved with the music, I will warm up the vacuum tubes (more old tech) and put a stylus into the groove. It's a magic show I can see and hear in my living room, anytime I want.

Richard Mitnick

I hope this is not a duplicate.

Yes, we can buy just about anything we want in .mp3. But, "A Love Supreme" is how old? And still over US1.00 per track? That's nuts.

Marc Edelman

Yes, a dollar per track for A Love Supreme does seems awfully cheap.

John P. Cooper

I've purchased LPs when they were in vogue, both in person and by various mail order concerns. I've purchased CDs the same way. While I love the convenience of the CD, it is the coldest thing I have ever had to handle in connection with any form of art.

The LP and LP cover, on the other hand, are amongst the warmest and provide a visceral connection to the music itself.

Shopping in-store for an LP was usually a pleasure. Shopping in-store for a CD was a major nuisance due to the freakish packaging.

Shopping on line for CDs is the ultimate convenience and the consummate bore.

Wood pulp and PVC is the Life!

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