Cleveland - Much has been written about he resurrgence of the vinyl record, especially by me. I've seen friends and customers revive their dusty wax in recent months partly due to my evangelizing. And as good as the numbers in indicating the upward trend are they aren't accurate.
This record revolution is big. There's no way to tell how many used records and turntables are being sold as is pointed out in an article in this month's issue of Electronic House, Analog Revival Much Bigger Than Numbers Indicate.
For Clevelanders itching to get their vinyl fix I recommend this used route. The first stop is Play It Again Sam on Madison Ave. in Lakewood. This used stereo shop has been around for decades, having recently moved to new digs close to Bunts Rd. Here you can find a good used turntable which they can outfit with a nice phono cartridge.
Now head to Waterloo Rd. in Collinwood. Oh, but take the turntable home first. It's not a good idea to have a turntable bouncing around in a car, especially with the potholes these days. On Waterloo, just a block down from the Beachland Ballroom you'll find two record stores. Music Saves is where you'll find new vinyl. Most every artist is releasing their new music in vinyl format. It's not cheap, but you'll usually get a code for an mp3 version as well. Plus the packaging is often times a treat in itself. There's also re-issues of classic albums being released on a steady basis.
The final stop is Blue Arrow Records where you'll find a treasure trove of used vinyl. If you're older your mind will be taken back again and again as you peruse records you once owned or recall listening to in a friend's dorm room.
Nowadays I'm taking a chance on less than pristine vinyl. It's cheaper and I can clean it up very well with Spin Clean. This thing is well worth becoming a vital part of your new record hobby.
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