How long have you been collecting records for?
I've been collecting records since around 1991-92. I didn't inherit anything, we had only about half a dozen LPs and 45s, which my dad gave away when our Philips turntable broke down in the late 80s. The first LP I bought was a UK press of The Beach Boys' Surfin' USA, picked up from the streets of South Mumbai for 60 rupees. It was both the best and worst time to be starting out with vinyl - worst because production had just about stopped around that time in India, but best because everyone was jettisoning large vinyl collections en masse, leading to great availability of cheap records in Chor Bazaar. I purchased many from there in the range of 5 - 75 rupees.
How Large is your vinyl collection?
Tell us about your turntable setup
I have around 750 LPs, ranging across rock, pop, folk, singer-songwriters, Hindi film music, Carnatic and a bit of Western Classical
Which is the most valuable record in your collection?
The most valuable in terms of collectibles is probably the Bandoggs LP, a British folk classic on a now defunct label, that's been out of print for more than 30 years, unavailable in any other format. I paid some 30 GBP for it. Others not quite so rare, but which I value personally are Nick Drake's Fruit Tree 4 LP box set, and signed copies of Jethro Tull's This Was and Oyster Band's Step Outside.
My primary turntable is a Pro-Ject RPM Genie with an Ortofon OM-10 MM cartridge, hooked up to a Marantz PM-5004 stereo amp and Monitor Audio M2 bookshelf speakers. I also have a couple of Technics tables, the SL-QD2 and the SL-Q3.
Any advice to people that are about to start their collection?Which is the most valuable record in your collection?
Be aware of what you're getting into. Vinyl is an unmatched joy, but also an expensive hobby that can very easily turn into an obsession. It's extremely difficult to say no to a good-looking record, and before you know it you'll be summoning the carpenter for a bigger cabinet (or a broker for a bigger house! :-D)