Over the Easter weekend I looked through the boxes of 200-300 LPs stored in the loft and I’d forgotten what gems lay hidden away - and after browsing on Discogs, some quite valuable it seems. They were stored in sealed plastic tubs, north facing (no extremes of temperature) and wrapped up in their Discwasher VRP inner sleeves and polyethylene outer sleeves. Luckily, all appear to still be in A1 condition.
I have REALLY enjoyed looking through these old albums, especially savouring the outer and inner sleeves. So much so that I’m now seriously considering adding a turntable to my UnitiQute 2 (or CB Nait2). Folly perhaps in the current download and streaming era, but the nostalgia fest of pawing through these old spinners has caught my imagination.
As I’ve been out of the vinyl scene for nigh on twenty years (gulp) I could do with a little guidance please. Will more than likely be buying used, so dealer demonstrations not really viable unless I find an ex-demo deck that fits. Q’s that spring to mind…
Turntable: Initially thinking of either a vintage Rega Planar 3 (I have 'form' with this old timer) to get things going and to see If I still enjoy the old snap crackle and pop? Or perhaps a second hand higher end Rega P6 or P8, or even a basic Cymbiosis built LP12 (then upgrade in time). Newer brand alternatives could be Avid, Project etc. Recommendations?
Phono stage & Cartridge: Perhaps a versatile switchable Moving Magnet & Moving Coil unit? Or a dedicated MM or MC stage? Pros & cons of contemporary MM vs MC? Has the performance gulf narrowed between the two?
Vinyl: If I do plunge, how good are new 180g vinyl pressings? I remember the early 90's vinyl quality seemed to be shockingly bad with noisy warped pressings commonplace - very frustrating.
Alternatively, cash in the vinyl and put the proceeds towards a new HDX2 - tempting! Sacrilege perhaps (burn the witch!) but that’s also an alternative to the nostalgia vinyl trip?
Lots of questions I know, but thoughts and experience welcome from anyone else who has jumped back down the rabbit hole after a vinyl hiatus?