Vinyl has made a huge comeback over the last few years. You don’t have the same portability or efficiency you see in digital audio when it comes to vinyl. But you have to understand that they provide a unique listening experience. And it starts from the time you visit a store and buy a record. There is a larger physical experience as you can go through different records in the store which can help you find some unique sound.
There are many vinyl stores you can find in your local area and online. Some of the record stores will also have NZ Merch. An important consideration when starting a vinyl record collection is proper storage, handling and maintenance. You should have a safe space to store your vinyl records. They should be stored in a cool and dry place. If you have a temperature controlled storage unit it can extend the life of vinyl. When storing them, you should find a way of storing them individually instead of stacking them on top of each other. This will put pressure on vinyl and will cause damage. You should also clean the records before they touch the stylus of the turntable.
Vinyl comes in different conditions. You can always buy used as long as the vinyl has been kept in good condition. If there are scratches, visible groove wear and imperfections on the vinyl, then there will be a significant drop in sound quality. The recording may have a tendency to skip when playing.
You will also need to consider different types of turntables to play your vinyl. However, having some light wear and some defects on the surface will not affect the vinyl record. You will not hear any audible irregularities. You can also find mint and near mint records that are closest to perfect as you can get. There will be a grading label when you are purchasing a used record that will give you a good idea of what you can expect.
If you are in a record store, you can always listen to the vinyl in store before purchasing to be sure that there are no issues. Check if there are deep scratches on the vinyl that you can feel with your finger. You can also find bootleg versions of records that are priced lower. You can always ask the store whether it is a bootleg version or not. These records tend to be lighter than normal.
There are quality bootlegs as well so you need to check it out to see if it passes muster. You can find a lot of what you are looking for online as well. It can be hard to search for a unique record by going to record stores as it can take a lot of time. But with online shopping, all you need to do is search for what you are looking for. However, it is always good to check out the vinyl in person before you buy. You can also rely on online reviews to some extent.