What got you into collecting records?
Music has been there in my family for a long time, my Grand Father played harmonium and used to recite Kirtan in the village Gurudawara,. When my Dad moved to Calcutta he bought his first Mono HMV gramophone with built in radio, so that’s when actual collection of LP’s started (before I was born) in my family, My Dad had LP’s like “Can Can “ movie sound track (I would love to have this again in my collection) “The Ventures”, the Theme from “Come September” by Billy Vaughn, followed by all the popular hindi film songs, These LP’s and EP’s recalls me my childhood days of early 70’s in Bombay, after my Dad shifted from Calcutta to Bombay (now Mumbai in 1965). While growing up not knowing the value at that time all the records and gramophone was given away in scrap.
Then in the late 70’s and early 80’s the music industry was taken over by cassettes, followed by audio CD’s, the source kept changing making in convenient to play and reducing the quality of sound.
There was no gap in listening to music, only the source kept changing, I had huge collection of music on cassettes & CD’s, but back of the mind always there was urge of setting up system with Turntable. After all the hardware was in place I went and bought my first basic entry level Turn Table - Marantz TT5005, and the collection of Vinyl began again from scratch in 2018.
Is collecting vinyl expensive?
Yes & No, If you already have Amp and Speakers, and then all depends what kind of music you are buying, some of the rare vinyl are very expensive, but most of them are not and the average cost of good new label is about Rs.1500/-. Thanks to Revolver Club I have picked up some of the excellent second hand Vinyls at mere Rs. 500/- to Rs. 300/- also and in excellent condition. Of course, the equipment is definitely expensive. And most importantly vinyl’s need lot of maintenance
Does music on vinyl sound better than any other format?
Yes of course any day, because it’s played in pure analog form and there is no conversion process involved before reproducing sound of converting from Digital format to Analog, Hence it’s pure and loss less sound from the source (Turn Table) to Amp to Speakers. There is immense quality of sound as compared to other sources, there is lot of depth you can experience, and the separation is of ultimate quality.
How often do you listen to vinyl?
Mostly on Weekends and sometimes in between all depends on moods, weekends are normally long sessions and at times, friends drop in for music sessions, then the nights are longer.
How large is your vinyl collection and which is the most valuable record in your collection?
Well I restarted my collection from a scratch in June 2018, I don’t have huge collection, I have about 60 vinyl’s. My major collection is of Jazz, few Classic Rock like Dark Side of the Moon & Wall by Pink Floyd, Highway to Hell by AC/DC, Eagles, Eric Clapton, Steely dan etc., Also few Hindi and Ghazal albums.
It’s difficult or impossible to single out your favorite record in my collection, cause I always buy Vinyl of my favorite artiste or group and the kind of music I like, so I feel all the Vinyl’s I own are my favorite or valuable.
Tell us about your turntable setup
Well I have Marantz TT5005 Turn Table, NAD C-372 pure Hifi AMP, and speakers are PSB Imagine X1T.
Any advice to people that are about to start their collection?
Personally, I am not an expert, because I am still learning about first press, reissues, digitally remastered or how to value the collectable etc. There are very learned members in our group who can guide better those who want to start listening to music on Vinyl’s or start their own collection.
I am sure whoever wants to start hearing and collecting music on Vinyl’s are music lovers and they must try to buy music on Vinyl form only if they have heard a particular album, as the vinyl’s are expensive. Always spend some time on weekends cleaning and caring your vinyl and equipment’s. Vinyl’s are great experience in itself from opening the brand new record to playing the same, that comes in great cover designs and some of them have great write-ups about the album which is a great learning. So start early, hear quality music and pass on your knowledge and experience. Thanks