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Jan 30, 2020 - 4:46:58 AM
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81 posts since 1/15/2013

About a year ago I purchased a record player and have been picking up used records at thrift/consignment stores. Fortunately, I live in NC so a lot of old bluegrass and folk records end up as donations. It really is a treasure trove of great music and bonus is that most of the old bluegrass albums are still in great shape!

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:46:31 AM
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84 posts since 11/29/2012

Absolutely! I have a decent, not expensive, stereo and turntable with a wall of LP's. For banjo and guitar practice I use and old Califone school record player with a wide-ranging speed control that I adjust to match my instrument's tuning. Quite a bit on records was never on any CD and will never be on the web. But, the number of playable thrift shop lp's, 45's, and 78's is dwindling after 100 years.

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:42:40 AM

Viper

USA

1072 posts since 12/12/2007

Count me in too. I've been chronicling my old-time related LP purchases for the last few years on my blog, The Glory-Beaming Banjo: glorybeamingbanjo.blogspot.com...ollection

There's definitely some great albums out there, even in Northeast Ohio. I imagine you'll have better luck in NC. Cheers!

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:21:04 AM
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Jim Yates

Canada

6639 posts since 2/21/2007

We still have the turntable, amp and tuner that my wife bought before I met her in 1980. The turntable has had a belt replaced and the needle replaced when it wears out (Our local shop still carries them.) I have a newer (a decade or sold) turntable/amp in my music room. I listen strictly to vinyl at home, but CDs in the car. Every soften I weed out the records that I don't listen to any more, but still have a bunch of old ones by Norman Blake, John Hartford, NLCR, F&S. . . plus many jazz and blues records.

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:53:36 PM

Jim Yates

Canada

6639 posts since 2/21/2007

Get Out Those Old Records      Carmen Lombardo

Get out those old records
Those old phonograph records
The ones we used to play so long ago

What if they sound scratchy
The tunes really were catchy
And specially those that said, "I love you so"

I used to beg you over and over
Just to set the wedding day
To get you courtable, I'd bring my portable
And melt your heart away

With all those old records
Those old phonograph records
The ones we used to play so long ago


Nick Lucas - Get Out Those Old Records

Jan 30, 2020 - 2:41:24 PM

648 posts since 12/26/2006

Living in England, many moons ago I literally cleared the two major Record shops in London of their Bluegrass LP's. I now have them all and love to play them. Can't beat the real thing.... The shops were HMV and VIRGIN back in the early 1980's.

Jan 31, 2020 - 6:01:20 AM
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rudy

USA

14988 posts since 3/27/2004

quote:
Originally posted by Jim Yates

Get Out Those Old Records      Carmen Lombardo

Get out those old records
Those old phonograph records
The ones we used to play so long ago

What if they sound scratchy
The tunes really were catchy
And specially those that said, "I love you so"

I used to beg you over and over
Just to set the wedding day
To get you courtable, I'd bring my portable
And melt your heart away

With all those old records
Those old phonograph records
The ones we used to play so long ago


Nick Lucas - Get Out Those Old Records


Thanks for that!  Hugely cool.

Richard Thompson's "Don't Sit On My Jimmy Shands" is also well worth the listen.

https://youtu.be/Fshfz6njn-8

Jan 31, 2020 - 6:16:45 AM

jem327

USA

20 posts since 4/25/2018

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:42:17 AM

3798 posts since 5/12/2010

There are a lot of old LP albums that have never been released on CD or more modern media, so having a decent turntable is a big plus.

I have found very rare albums on Ebay, and at Estate sales.

I have a "Crosley" machine which has a turntable and can record the albums to CD. It is not top end quality, but it does work.

An old friend has been clearing out his mother's house, which still had most of what he owned when we were still in school. He gave me a complete stereo system because he remembered how impressed I was with it back then.

It is all good, top of the line equipment from way back in the 70s.

This is all very old equipment, but it may still be good. I am going to give it all a try in the next week or so.

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