There seems to be no shortage of articles touting the resurgence of vinyl. While there is no doubt a resurgence of vinyl among young people, for many others, the format never left. At least this is the case with us here at J&R. We have been in the vinyl business since our inception. That’s right, J&R has been selling records since 1971. While many others were talking about the demise of the lp, we kept on trucking. Vinyl will always have a firm place here at J&R.
Patrick McGeehan’s latest piece for the NY Times, Vinyl Records and Turntables Are Gaining Sales talks about the resurgence of vinyl, particularly here at J&R. Our co-owner Rachelle Friedman said, “It’s all these kids that are really ramping up their vinyl collections. New customers are discovering the quality of the sound. They’re discovering liner notes and graphics.” Indeed, Rachelle.
I myself am a big vinyl proponent, and I have delighted friends and family who never knew how rich, warm and lifelike records sound. They all have this preconceived notion that records sound scratchy, have pops and clicks all the time. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Many old records sounded poor, because of the source material. The old adage “garbage in, garbage out” rings true here. Other factors like misaligned and/or old cartridges need to be taken into consideration. How much care did grandpa really show that old turntable in the basement? The fact on the matter is that a well recorded, clean record on a fine turntable with a properly aligned cartridge and tonearm can sound magical. Any music lover owes it to themselves to experience the wonder of vinyl.
Make sure you check out our vinyl section for the latest releases. Keep spinning that black gold.