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Waaaay back when, Steve had a respectable punk collection. He thought the records were all lost until I found the vinyl in a waterstained cardboard box that made it to our condo.

I haven't had a turntable since I lived with my parents. My records are long gone (including my Styx records...sigh).

Today our local community radio, KXEI, had a music sale as a fundraiser. KXEI plays music and does activities usually associated with college stations, and I listen to it to and from work. I have been in the mood for new music lately, and the feeling of having been to the record store and coming home with my finds is something I've missed a lot.

So we drove down to Maker House, which is an historic mansion downtown that serves as a gallery and meeting place. It has a very nice cafe/bar in it. Steve found it a little overwhelming and went to play the vintage video games they have there, but not before he came out with English Beat on vinyl. I spent $33 bucks and came away with jazz and Afro-Caribbean house music, plus a lot of groovy Herb Alpert, Tom Jones, and more jazz on vinyl. I also got several classical albums on vinyl, including a Beethoven's 9th directed by Georg Solti and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" (which I adore) and highlights from Wagner. The vinyl all came from an older man who was selling his personal collection because he and his wife plan to sell their five bedroom house and get an RV instead so they can chase the good weather. he was selling his stereo, but Steve declared it way too good for our purposes, especially since Steve is now hearing impaired.

After Pollo Loco for lunch, we went over to Target where we got a Crosley vintage-style turntable/CD player/radio. I'm listening to it right now. It was reasonably priced and isn't the best record player out there but certainly not the worst. I had forgotten how good vinyl sounds, and this is a welcome addition to the household indeed.

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helenkacan
Nov. 17th, 2014 04:34 am (UTC)
Oh, now you're bringing pangs of longing for some of my damaged and disposed vinyl such as Lighthouse (jazzy Canadian band with a prominent brass presence; they collaborated with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet at least once) as well as The Carpenters.
helenkacan
Nov. 17th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
And now I've remembered one of my oops falls. In ye olden days, I used to frequent the Classical Music Shop at Hazelton Lanes. I went LP shopping one Christmas. The streets were very icy. I had to walk down Avenue Road to Bloor before crossing over to my side, because there was no stoplight at Yorkville in those days. Just as I was approaching Bloor, I slipped and slammed to the ice, with all of my LPs clutched in front of me against my chest. You'd think ... oh, no. I've just killed my new albums. I'd thought, but I was wrong. They had all survived the fall with not a single sour note. Talk about excellent vinyl!
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