Today, you can fit countless amounts of albums on a device as small as your watch. But that hasn’t stopped millions of people from scouring through the internet and garage sales for vinyl records. Phil Perkins caught up with one of those collectors.
Ron Fair loves antiques, particularly vinyl records. So much so he’s rented a barn to fit his collection of about 50 000+ records.
“When I go to a garage sale the first thing I ask when they got records is, how much for all of it.”
You might call it hoarding, he calls it stocking inventory.
“I sold 30 on Ebay and got 3000 out of them.”
And a labour of love. “Way better. The sound is phenomenal.”
And that sounds great to the people at Dr.Disc on James Street North in Hamilton. They specialize in used records. “That’s a big part of our consumer base. People who like to collect the original records when they were pressed.”
In the last 2 years, 13million vinyl’s have been sold, the most since 1989. “More pure, more raw, not digitally enhanced.”
While a record of T-rex sounds more rich and warm on the turn table, it’s the fact that the record itself is even here that the vinyl resurgence could have more staying power.
“It’s the artists vision altogether. I think it’s really important to the music lover to experience all the artist intended to offer.”
And of course there’s the efficiency of pulling at the ‘ol heart strings. “I listened to music until 3 last night. I get a new album and I want to hear it all . It’s very nostalgic and it’s a comforting thing and I think people need that.”
More so than ever before.