Vinyl Albums are great

Bill Gates

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I've kept all my vinyl albums (those that I managed to get back from one of my ex wives), which I started collecting way back in the sixties. These days I mostly listen to some great music streamed from my massive library on ITunes on my PC. However every now and then I rummage through the stack of vinyl albums and place one on the deck.
It's a bit of a ritual. Each side is cleaned with the special brush to remove dust and static. The arm of the player is then lifted up and placed with precision on to the album as it spins. The sound quality if not better than digital is certainly different. It is a very personal experience and one which demands that you pay attention. You don't just put an album on to a deck and go away and do something else. And the memories they invoke. The other day I played an Elmore James Blues album that I had bought in a specialist Blues record shop in Finsbury Park London around 1968. We've got a pair of Ditton 44 speakers and to play "It Hurts me too" was just a joy.

For me it's the doing of something rather that the thing itself that counts. A bit like coffee. Most people I know reach for the instant coffee jar, take out a spoonful, and pour boiling water into the cup and then add milk. End of.

I buy raw Colombian coffee beans. Roast them in my coffee roasting machine to the right temperature and time for my taste. Grind them to the right granule size. Before infusing the coffee in the machine at 93 degrees for 30 seconds to get the espresso I like. It takes time but its worth it.
 
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raleighnut

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They're not a 'deck' they're a Turntable, we'll have none of these modern slang terms please. :rolleyes:
 

Hover Fly

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I buy raw Colombian coffee beans. Roast them in my coffee roasting machine to the right temperature and time for my taste. Grind them to the right granule size. Before infusing the coffee in the machine at 93 degrees for 30 seconds to get the espresso I like. It takes time but its worth it.
I'm off up to the old iron ore mines this afternoon. I'm running out of razor blades, so I'm going to get some iron ore, smelt it in the backyard, get my kitchen mini-Bessemer converter going to make steel, then it's a simple forging process, followed by polishing and sharpening.
 
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Bill Gates

Bill Gates

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West Sussex
I'm writing this in a coffee shop called Harris and Hoole just finished a small cappuccino.dont like huge cups. and it's the closest a coffee shop has come to my high standards. i would recommend them if you have one in your area.
 
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Bill Gates

Bill Gates

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I'm off up to the old iron ore mines this afternoon. I'm running out of razor blades, so I'm going to get some iron ore, smelt it in the backyard, get my kitchen mini-Bessemer converter going to make steel, then it's a simple forging process, followed by polishing and sharpening.
I'll show you my coffee machines if you show me your iron ore smelting factory
or is just irony?
 

swee'pea99

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Love my records! I love buying new (old) ones too. You never quite know what you've got till the first play - when the needle hits the groove and you hear...almost nothing...the smile begins. Then you hit the music and find you've bought something made by a recording engineer who really knew what he was doing, and previously owned by someone with good kit, who took good care. Then sit back with a big smile on your face and...enjoy!
 

delb0y

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Quedgeley, Glos
I'm sure I've said this before on here, but back in the day I used to keep cuttings and interviews and album reviews from Sounds and Melody Maker and so on and slip them inside the relevant album. These days, on the rare occasion I grab an LP (I have to go to the garage, move some spare kitchen chairs and a couple of bikes, remove some sheets, some mouse-traps, some bubble-wrap, a box of books, and some flower compost) I'm often delighted to find, not only do I have a whole album cover (and sometimes an inner-sleeve) to read, but all that extra material, too. Good job there's all this reading material as I've nothing to play the vinyl on, anymore.
 
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