At this point I’ve got something like 250-300 albums, mostly picked up cheaply in thrift stores, vintage stores, markets, lots on eBay, etc.
I bought a decent vintage turntable, which is currently with a local hi-fi shop being fitted with a new belt and cartridge. I dug up my dad’s old amp and speakers, and they’re being put back into service (they were good kit at the time of purchase, and they’ve held up well).
Next step will probably be to get rid of some of my more questionable purchases, and pick up a few specific things the collection is lacking (not enough jazz or blues for example). Weaker content is a distraction, so it won’t really be a collection to be proud of until I’ve thrown out some of the stuff that isn’t worth listening to.
Really though, it’s pretty much there.
The site has been selected, offer accepted, contract signed, and we’re about six weeks into a nine week settlement.
After we take possession there’s a fair bit of renovation to be done (floors, roof, lighting, painting).
Until we get in there and start work it’s hard to figure out an ETA for when we’ll open. Hopefully by Christmas shopping season (say, November 2011), but it may end up being early 2012.
Over the years I’ve often glanced through the records at thrift stores. I’ve bought a few here and there, but I could never be bothered playing them on my inadequate turntable (since thrown out).
I’m opening a shop soon, and I’ve decided I’m going to buy a decent turntable and make a portion of the music I play in the shop vinyl, so it’s time to start taking vinyl seriously.
I’ve bought a few recent albums on vinyl, started paying more attention to the record section when I hit the secondhand shops, and thirty albums later I’m on my way to having a little collection.
Next step is to buy a decent sound system, see how I like the experience, and if that goes well, buy some of my favourite classic albums (Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, etc.) on vinyl.