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Vinyl freaks

Did you buy any vinyl records last year? Apparently vinyl is making a comeback..although we know it will never be what it once was. How big of a comeback? Most facets of the record industry saw sales go down last year..but not vinyl. In fact, 2.8 million NEW vinyl albums were sold last year. And that's not counting the millions that were probably sold at record shops, second-hand stores and on the internet. The new albums that sold were a mix of classic iconic artists, and newer bands. Number one on the list was the Beatles Abbey Road, followed by Arcade Fire's Suburbs and the Black Keys Brothers. I think it's cool that folks are willing to spend $40 or more for something they could get cheaper on CD or download. But the fact is, this is not a new phenomenon. There have always been audiophiles who prefer the warm sound of vinyl. And they're not only willing to spend big bucks on records..they're also forking out a lot of money for gear. There are plenty of them that are definitely not your sister's Close N Play.  $2000 turntables are common..but there are some that cost way more than that. The Goldmund Reference II turntable costs $300,000! The company makes only five a year so you better get your order in way ahead of time. I'm probably not going to find one of those at a yard sale for 5 bucks. Looking for some more modestly priced turntables...that will only set you back a grand or so..check out Audio Advisor.

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