Buying Vinyl In A Digital Age

Alex Calhoun —  December 11, 2010 — 1 Comment

I’m a rather obsessive record collector. I’ve heard and made the vinyl vs. digital argument 1000 times, but I’m still a vinyl addict. It’s more than just the sound, the whole experience of buying records that makes them more appealing. The one downside of digital music has been the dwindling number of merchants willing to take a gamble selling an outdated music format. But, fortunately, a few hardy individuals have been able to stand through the domination of technology, and keep all of us record addicts satisfied. There are a few awesome online record stores. Gramaphone Records is the hotness for everything electronic, and their selection of Detroit and Chicago House and Techno is fantastic. Its a great spot to grab some amazing re-issues and classics. Turntable Lab gets a great selection of electronic music, and gets some really rare Hip-Hop, edits, and House in stock on the regular. Subscribe to their weekly updates to keep up. We all love Discogs for the for the amazing amount of discography geek information, but it’s also a stellar site for finding records. If you know what your looking for, some great deals are to be had. I’ve had awesome luck on Craigslist finding someone selling off a huge record collection for like $20. This may be for the serious crate diggers only, but you can score some amazing records this way. If you live in a city of any reasonable size, I’m sure there is a holdout record shop of some kind. In Detroit, you can’t top Detroit Threads in Hamtramck for electronic music. There is always just a ridiculous selection of dope tracks, and the selection of Detroit Techno and House is unbelievable. Out of towners take note for your next visit. A couple of places I would never pass up are flea markets or Salvation Army stores. It may take some serious digging, but some craziness can be found, and I don’t just mean Christmas albums or Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass. I have scored super old school Larry Levan edits, vintage 80’s house cuts, Scan 7 records, vintage hip-hop, and funk records that would make you drool. I’m sure there are some places I missed, so consider this a partial list. But if you want to go old school, it’s still possible to put together an amazing collection of tracks, if you give it a little effort.

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
December 2010
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