Originally Posted by johnman1116
I have a question about buying vinyl again. This time is isnt so much as to where to buy it but how or what I should buy. (its also confusing because all these labels tend to buy each other out)
- There are so many different label s on just one specific album especially the older ones. Which one do I get?
- Dave Brubeck's Time out labels include Columbia, CBS, Analogue Productions and then has random ones such as Not Now Music
- Does one for for name brands such as Mofi, Analogue Productions ($20-60-infinity) and maybe even Sony, Atlantic, Capitol ($30ish) or just get whatever for $20 or less off ebay.
I suppose this is why there are record stores and sites like elusivedisc because hopefully they dont sell sucky sounding albums (in the case of engineering production and not musically). Not saying that they dont at all but maybe less than ebay since they're sort of like collectors.
I was a little naive about labels when purchasing records for the first time and just bought based on price and accessibility (amazon and ebay)Thankfully I got lucky and most of them were capitol or Atlantic which I can live with and I guess i will return the no name brands and try again.
Also what do you guys do with like mainstream or newer music?
Sorry im all over the place with my writing. Im a bit sad because The Orbit turntable got pushed back 2 months due to actual exceeding expected number of units.
Well unfortunately, just because a record is new and 'remastered', it doesn't necessarily make it better. I'll give you the same advice I received (was it MorbidToaster?)-- head over to http://www.stevehoffman.tv and check out the Music Corner thread. Tons of discussions about mastering, recordings, reissues and pressings.
Generally, I've found MoFi recordings in M- condition to be a fairly source of quality used records. Some say they EQ the bass a bit higher in their mastering-- but personally I find their pressings to be the standard bearer. I'll take their Dark Side of the Moon pressing over any other recording, including the new 180 gram release.
Original pressings are hit or miss-- as I sit here listening to a just-purchased copy of Goodbye Cream on ATCO with so much surface noise I can barely stand it. Have to run it through a full AI cleaning cycle and see if I can knock it out. Bummer.
2nd issues and beyond generally get worse. Avoid all record club releases. On eBay they care very enticing 'ultra-rare' language and you're actually paying extra for a bad sounding record. Just say no.