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The purpose of this blog is to explore the hidden gems of vinyl collecting. Every now and then you’ll find yourself in the thrift store, elbow deep in stacks of sneeze-inducing Herb Alpert Tijuana Body Shot Christmas records. Invariably you’ll think, “What’s the point, this heap of dewy-wet-turned-mildewed dreams was totally picked over by that kid in the paper-thin flannel shirt and single leg rolled-up jeans stooped over by that ironic velvet painting.” Then, as if coaxed by the Divine Hand…BAM!…you lock eyes with your agonizingly beautiful prom queen twirler. Working her over with your diamond-tipped needle is what makes record hunting worth the hours of dust allergies, worn grooves and heartbreak.

This site was originally intended for vinyl collectors but functions equally well, if not better, for digital music aficionados.  As such, all ears big, small, floppy and gnawed are welcome.

The records featured here are converted to 320kbps MP3s using a Technics SL-10 Turntable, Luxman L-100 Integrated Amplifier, and CD Wave Editor along with Audacity software. The final products are then given the Rebuilt Tranny Seal of Approval after passing inspection through a pair of JBL 4311B Control Monitors orAudio Technica ATH-M50 Studio Headphones.

After the sound check each side of every record is split, tagged and labeled for individual songs. This ensures the greatest ease of use on your iPod…or the sonically superior MP3 player of your choice.

***All records are ripped and torn in the sweaty crotch of Ohio’s creepy uncle: Cincinnati. However, this one pony show will be moving to San Francisco by the end of January 2011.

I do my best to bring vinyl alive through the digital medium. However, despite the touch of my magic hand, my MP3s will NEVER sound as good as the real thing. So, get out and visit your local vinyl shop, hit up an artist’s website or scavenge the corner thrift store. I’d love to keep all of the records for myself but, hey, a little healthy competition from fellow vinylistas never hurt anyone.

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