Thursday, May 2, 2013

It’s Vinyl and it’s Just my Type

I am a die-hard enthusiast of vinyl. There are so many reasons why. Let me count the ways: (1) because of the record jacket, and all the cool design real estate that it provides. (2) Because the sound of a record is more tactile and scratchy than digital recordings. Whether it’s Chopin, or an old Pixies album, vinyl sounds real and imperfect —  the way life really is. (3) I also appreciate the display of records. There is nostalgia in a big bookshelf lined with records. Whether its a record nook tucked inside a closet, or a repurposed bar cart for your turntable, or just a stack piled high in your living room — having records is unconventional in this increasingly digital world where folks hide their music collection on private iPods never to be exposed. Records are for public consumption on display in your house, like books. Here are some examples from over the years. Crosley makes a super affordable portable record player around $130 if you’re not wanting to invest in a vintage one, or a fancy DJ’s variety. Jack White’s label, Third Man Records also offers a portable turntable for just a little more at $165.

Crosley makes a really cool affordable turntable.

Crosley makes a very simple and affordable record player with retro luggage lines.

Third Man Records, Jack White's record label, offers this supercool and affordable Crosley portable record player.

Third Man Records, Jack White’s record label, offers this sharp yellow accented Crosley portable record player.

 

From Terence Conran's House Book (1970) a fabulous record and wet bar nook.

From Terence Conran’s House Book (1970) a fabulous record and wet bar nook.

No need to be fancy. A simple metal bookshelf makes a lovely record nook.

No need to be fancy. A simple metal bookshelf makes a lovely record nook.

Also from Conran's book, a record storage area at L, and with cabinets open, at R.

Also from Conran’s book, a record storage area at left; and with cabinets open, at right, hiding all the hifi equipment.

 

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