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Signage for Vintage Record Shop


You'd walk into this place, layers of mysterious dust covering the ceiling fan,Costello warbling about Allison. A fifty-ish, heavy-set nebbish, surrounded by Star Wars kitsch, is lecturing a soccer mom on the psychosexual themes of the Boomtown Rats oeuvre.

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Ah, yes! The emergence of the techno-geek! He could spend hours going on about ams, watts, bridges, tweeters and woofers, and the mysterious ohms! And if you were patient, he'd lay out some serious liquorice pizza.

Kids are different about their music today. It's all about how many times their fav has been busted, shot or what piece he carries.

Ed B:

It simply amazes me that we have devolved to such a low fidelity society, especially given our remarkable new technologies. In the 70s every hi-fi geek aspired to Klipsch speakers, McIntosh amps, Marantz receivers, Thorens turntables, Sennheiser headphones...

Now kids listen to crappy 128 kbs MP3s through little tin earbuds.


Where is this record shop? Does the love train go that way?



Analog sound has it in spades over digital.

I can remember when they were talking about the development of optical (or purely electronic) analog. I'm still waiting.

Until then, I still have a decent collection of vinyl. Being a late-comer to commercial music, I got most of it used for $2 a platter when the early adopters went digital (I picked up what few CDs I have when the tech-nuts went Ipod). CDs are nice for convenience & clarity. They're bearable for tone quality, but even those recorded at the highest sampling rates sound thin.

I picked up my amp & turntable on a sidewalk. Apparently, somebody bought a new stereo & put their "old" one out for trash--it was in the box for one of those "mini" (at the time) Mid-Fi CD shelf systems. The only thing wrong with it was that one of the power amp capacitors had broken loose in the amp (& at the time, there wasn't a tech in town that knew how to fix it). It isn't very powerful, but I don't like "painfully loud."

Now if only someone would throw out a pair of Jim Rodgers JR149s.

I'm not even getting into how much I hate ear buds.


T and Ed B.

Was trying the other day to talk to a "young one" and saying at least by the CD and download it to your IPOD. "You're losing sound young one." As ED stated, we've gone form dreaming of Klipsch speakers, McIntosh amps, Marantz receivers, Thorens turntables, Sennheiser headphones... And...And ... a better and better stylus. Diamonds are expensive.

Well the "young one" looked at me crossed eyed. I walked away!



Now we're really driving into the past. TEAC tape decks, Garrard turntables, Koss headsets........

Went to the races at Nürburgring while stationed in Germany. Took my Uher portable tape recorder and about 30 feet of dual microphone cable. Couple days later, played the tape back in the barracks around 11pm. You'd swear the Forumla One cars were coming right down the hallway!


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