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harangatang
03-10-2008, 07:16 PM
My family has a bunch of LP records that we want to sell. I have listed a few on Ebay such as Zeppelin and The Beatles. It appears that anything other than the "big" artists don't go for much if even at all. I have heard that places like Half Price books can give you almost nothing for them. So any suggestions?

WMR
03-10-2008, 07:17 PM
Contact Cosmo Kramer.

pedro
03-10-2008, 07:27 PM
Hipster garage Sale

Falls City Beer
03-10-2008, 07:28 PM
USB turntable. Me, I'd keep them.

Unassisted
03-10-2008, 07:38 PM
I have heard that places like Half Price books can give you almost nothing for them.
I'll second that notion. Half Price Books once gave me $2 total for about 30 records. After that experience, I donated the rest of my records to the local library branch.

OldRightHander
03-10-2008, 07:54 PM
I do a pretty strange thing with mine. I listen to them.

Falls City Beer
03-10-2008, 07:59 PM
I do a pretty strange thing with mine. I listen to them.

Me too. But I like archiving them as well, so I got a USB turntable; allows me to listen to out of print stuff on my iPod.

vaticanplum
03-10-2008, 08:08 PM
Keep em. Unless you have something really rare, you will not get much money for them -- LPs are easier to come by than people think -- but they will sound great in your house.

KronoRed
03-10-2008, 08:14 PM
USB turntable. Me, I'd keep them.

They also make a USB tape deck, if they would just get on the ball and make a USB 8-track the world would be perfect.

Unassisted
03-10-2008, 08:24 PM
if they would just get on the ball and make a USB 8-track the world would be perfect.

What a treat it would be to get to hear two songs at once on an MP3, followed closely at the end by the rumble and chunk-chunk sounds. :cool:

goreds2
03-10-2008, 08:56 PM
I do a pretty strange thing with mine. I listen to them.

Same here, I also have a working 8 track player in my basement. My friends always get a kick out of this.

:rockband:

OldRightHander
03-10-2008, 09:15 PM
I have a couple that were recorded direct to the disc. One is a Dave Brubeck album and the other is a classical recording I can't recall at the moment. There is a note on the inside that the direct to disc method was something new and it was supposed to produce a higher quality sound. They actually sound pretty good for LPs. The style of playing on the Brubeck recording is very spontaneous, kind of like a live recording. I guess that's because when they put things directly to the disc the musicians just all played together and it was captured straight to some sort of master template instead of first going to tape.

I back mine up as well, but I've been running an audio cable from the stereo into my computer. I might have to look into one of those USB turntables.

nate
03-10-2008, 10:36 PM
The absolutely best thing you can do if you decide to record them to digital is thoroughly clean them. If you can find someone with a "Nitty Gritty" machine, even better.

macro
03-11-2008, 12:52 AM
Not just LPs...CDs are now going for a dime a dozen. I'm sure that millions of homes have hoards of these things that are pretty-much worthless at this point. About eight years ago, in anticipation of the download era and the eventually obsolescence of the format, I sold about 150 on half.com. Decided to keep my favorites (about 125 of them), but now wish I'd just liquidated all of them. Probably too late now.

Javy Pornstache
03-11-2008, 01:33 AM
If you're looking to sell them rather than keep and restore, you should call one of the radio stations that does a swap shop type show, people call in looking for old LPs all the time.

nate
03-11-2008, 07:23 AM
Not just LPs...CDs are now going for a dime a dozen. I'm sure that millions of homes have hoards of these things that are pretty-much worthless at this point. About eight years ago, in anticipation of the download era and the eventually obsolescence of the format, I sold about 150 on half.com. Decided to keep my favorites (about 125 of them), but now wish I'd just liquidated all of them. Probably too late now.

They still have value to some folks. There's a whole range of audiophiles who wax nostalgic about the sound of vinyl.

wheels
03-11-2008, 07:28 AM
If you want, gimme a list of what you have. If there is something I want, I'd be happy to take 'em off your hands.

Especially if you have any Australian punk, or late eighties to mid nineties New Zealand noise pop.

wheels
03-11-2008, 07:45 AM
They still have value to some folks. There's a whole range of audiophiles who wax nostalgic about the sound of vinyl.

It's not just nostalgia.

Roy Tucker
03-11-2008, 08:23 AM
In addition, LP album cover make great art. My daughter hung a whole slew of my 60's and 70's album covers on her wall.

919191
03-11-2008, 08:34 AM
I did with mine what I do with all that I don't know what to with. I boxed' em up and forgot where I put them.

nate
03-11-2008, 09:09 AM
It's not just nostalgia.

I didn't mean it in a bad way. Some people prefer _that_ sound.

Falls City Beer
03-11-2008, 12:00 PM
If you want, gimme a list of what you have. If there is something I want, I'd be happy to take 'em off your hands.

Especially if you have any Australian punk, or late eighties to mid nineties New Zealand noise pop.

Isn't Bailter Space a New Zealand noise pop band? I saw them and their NZ brethren the 3Ds once--different shows, though.

wheels
03-11-2008, 03:56 PM
Isn't Bailter Space a New Zealand noise pop band? I saw them and their NZ brethren the 3Ds once--different shows, though.

Yeah, totally.

I little too spacy for me, but lots of chicks used to listen to them at the time, so it was good to at least know who they were.

As far as fuzzy, Kiwi Pop goes, I am totally into The Clean.

dsmith421
03-11-2008, 03:58 PM
In addition, LP album cover make great art. My daughter hung a whole slew of my 60's and 70's album covers on her wall.

Yep. Target sells frames specifically sized for LP covers that keep them from wear and tear. My sister has a really cool wall of cover art in her apartment in Chicago.

cumberlandreds
03-11-2008, 04:00 PM
Same here, I also have a working 8 track player in my basement. My friends always get a kick out of this.

:rockband:

I have a real antique. It's a stereo with an 8 track player and turntable. I would keep the records. The one's I have really have the best sound. Plus they will gradually go away with time and will be a real collectors item.

Matt700wlw
03-11-2008, 05:56 PM
I have my Mom and Step-father's old turntable (actually it's a "newer" model, wasn't used very much), and a bunch of their old records....I still have to go through my Dad's archives at some point....

I enjoy them! I'm the only 27 year old that I know of that has this as a music listening option.

CrackerJack
03-11-2008, 06:52 PM
It's not just nostalgia.

Most of it is for me I guess. I also have an Ion USB turntable (a nice looking one with a tinted cover like the old days). But I just use it for listening to my vinyl collection (versus ripping them).

Something about listening to old records all the way through, at once, that's appealing to me still I've found. I still buy them new and mostly used. Albums like Springsteen's Magic and the new Raveonettes (suprisingly) simply sound better on vinyl to me also.

I became such a digital channel surfer with the download craze that it's nice to go back to listening to music the way I used to growing up. Ecspecially when albums were created to have a certain flow and be listened to for the most part, in one sitting. Today not so much obviously.

When you're running the sound through a PC system with nice Bose speakers and a Creative Xi-Fi card, the only real difference I notice, aside from some of the pops and crackling at times, is that the playback and production sounds much more consistent and vibrant. With digital files, even commercial ones, you don't really know what you're getting.

OldRightHander
03-11-2008, 07:20 PM
I became such a digital channel surfer with the download craze that it's nice to go back to listening to music the way I used to growing up. Ecspecially when albums were created to have a certain flow and be listened to for the most part, in one sitting. Today not so much obviously.


That's where I think the download thing has not been a good thing. It's changed the way music is created, where now an album is just a collection of individual songs that can be listened to by themselves in whatever order. I miss the albums that made sense if you listened to them in order.

wheels
03-11-2008, 08:05 PM
Most of it is for me I guess. I also have an Ion USB turntable (a nice looking one with a tinted cover like the old days). But I just use it for listening to my vinyl collection (versus ripping them).

Something about listening to old records all the way through, at once, that's appealing to me still I've found. I still buy them new and mostly used. Albums like Springsteen's Magic and the new Raveonettes (suprisingly) simply sound better on vinyl to me also.

I became such a digital channel surfer with the download craze that it's nice to go back to listening to music the way I used to growing up. Ecspecially when albums were created to have a certain flow and be listened to for the most part, in one sitting. Today not so much obviously.

When you're running the sound through a PC system with nice Bose speakers and a Creative Xi-Fi card, the only real difference I notice, aside from some of the pops and crackling at times, is that the playback and production sounds much more consistent and vibrant. With digital files, even commercial ones, you don't really know what you're getting.

So you're saying you have a turntable that you can run through your computer?

I think I might need to know more about this.

Can I buy an adapter for my current rig, or do I need to buy a new one?

I'd really like rip all of my 7 inchers on to my hard drive. I also wouldn't mind doing a podcast thing, just spin records out into the ether.

You guys could even listen to it.

wheels
03-11-2008, 08:08 PM
That's where I think the download thing has not been a good thing. It's changed the way music is created, where now an album is just a collection of individual songs that can be listened to by themselves in whatever order. I miss the albums that made sense if you listened to them in order.

BRA-VO.

An old girlfriend used to always say to me "I just put all of my cd's on shuffle. I can't sit through a whole record..."

My response was usually something along the lines of "Guhh!", or something akin to that.

WebScorpion
03-11-2008, 08:32 PM
I have a Grammaphone. :thumbup:

KronoRed
03-11-2008, 10:42 PM
So you're saying you have a turntable that you can run through your computer?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Description=USB+turntable

wheels
03-12-2008, 12:00 AM
Oh my goodness.

Something to finally spend some money on.

Thanks for the link , krono.

cincyinco
03-12-2008, 12:28 AM
I fancy myself a DJ, so I wax nostalgic about vinyl. If you want to post a list, I'd be happy to look it over and see if we can come to a deal. I have a pretty sizeable collection, but it pales in comparison to some people I know.

FCB, what model turntable do you have?

MrCinatit
03-12-2008, 02:11 AM
I've not listened to my albums for quite a while, but the thought of getting rid of them is akin to a sin.
Besides, if worse comes to worse, they make great frisbees - and will come in handy at throwing at the undead when they begin to take over the Earth.

reds1869
03-15-2008, 04:28 PM
I've not listened to my albums for quite a while, but the thought of getting rid of them is akin to a sin.
Besides, if worse comes to worse, they make great frisbees - and will come in handy at throwing at the undead when they begin to take over the Earth.

"That was a first pressing!" :lol:

My wife and I are in the process of converting all of our vinyl to digital, but I still like listening to the records the old fashioned way. We're both musicians so we will always have use for all formats of recordings.