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Spin the Black Circle - An
 Intro Vinyl (as in Records)

Rick Vugteveen
Barcamp Vancouver ‘09

@rickvug | rickvug.com
Our Little Nook
Huh? Didn’t Records
Die in the 80s? Why?
Why?
• CD’s sit on the shelf. Rip once into iTunes.
• MP3/ACC not physical, not same perceived
  value (Piratebay!)
• LP s...
Digital vs.Vinyl (let’s get this
            out of the way)

• Sound quality:
 • Highly subjective
 • CD is better in mos...
Sound Quality...
• CD: Perfect digital sound. Does not
  degrade. Information is exact.
• CD: lower noise floor
• CD: loudn...
We all listen to MP3s.
Audiophiles Don’t live
  in the real world
"I find this sound quality stuff both
fascinating and ridiculous. It’s like the
pixel resolution of digital cameras:
higher...
Formats
• Speeds: 33 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
• 12” - Long Play (LP). Normally 33 RPM.
• 7” - Single or Extended Play (EP). Nor...
45 Adapter
Building a Collection on
       the Cheap
Where to Look
• Craigslist
• Garage/Yard/Estate Sales
• Auction
• Swap Meets
• Thrift Stores
• Swap meets, Flea Markets
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagillet/3754095975
Buy Lots to start. WAY
cheaper per LP! ($0.30
   - $3 per album)
Sell or trade doubles
and unwanted albums.
Keep the good copies.
Have patience.
Always check for
  scratches (but take
chance if cheap enough)
Keep a want list
(Rolling Stone Top 500
        albums)
Thriller is the highest
   selling album of all
time. It is worth $1, not
           $735!
Buy new albums on
 Vinyl. $5 more than
CD. Many come with a
   free download.
Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd,
 Zeppelin, Who, Beach Boys,
Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead,
  The Who (60s - early 70s)
 are gre...
pipes.yahoo.com/rickvug/
     vancouvervinyl
Getting Setup
Turntable Buying Advice
• Look for heavyweight turntables from mid
  70s - present.
• Brands: Linn, Technics (SL-1200),Tho...
Cartridges + Stylus
•   Shure M97Xe, M78S

•   Grado (gold, blue)

•   Audio Technica AT95E / 110E / AT440MLA

•   Goldrin...
Moving Magnet (MM) vs.
Moving Coil (MC) (low output)
Phono Preamp

• Amplify from line level input (RCA
  connectors)
• Built into old Receivers. Likely not in your
  5.1 setu...
Budget Phono Preamps
• My shopping list: is.gd/3UFeA
• NAD PP-2, PP
• Cambridge Audio Azur 540P/640P
• Pro-Ject Phono Box ...
Bottom Line

• +/- $100 for old turntable + receiver (shop
  around)
• $500 for a solid budget setup
• Sky is the limit on...
Storage & Care
Ikea Expedit
http://www.flickr.com/photos/monfresh/3232713525/
Other care tips
• Get outer (+inner) sleeves for LPs you care
  about
• Store vertical
• Avoid moisture
• Dust and dirt is...
Dorky Stuff I Couldn’t Fit In

• Crazy cases + art
• Posters
• Colored, holographic vinyl
• Lock groove (Sgt. Pepper, Atom...
Thanks! Let’s talk.

      Rick Vugteen
        @rickvug
 rickvug.com (excuse the dust)
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)
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Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)

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Presentation from Barcamp Vancouver 2009 on getting into vinyl records. If you are looking to get started in collecting, need a turntable or are looking for a few new tips there should be something helpful for you. Hit me up on twitter (@rickvug) if you want to connect.

Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl (Barcamp)

  1. Spin the Black Circle - An Intro Vinyl (as in Records) Rick Vugteveen Barcamp Vancouver ‘09 @rickvug | rickvug.com
  2. Our Little Nook
  3. Huh? Didn’t Records Die in the 80s? Why?
  4. Why? • CD’s sit on the shelf. Rip once into iTunes. • MP3/ACC not physical, not same perceived value (Piratebay!) • LP sized artwork • Cheap • Collectible
  5. Digital vs.Vinyl (let’s get this out of the way) • Sound quality: • Highly subjective • CD is better in most cases. • Records take more work to sound great • Don’t buy into hype about records sounding so much better. They don’t.
  6. Sound Quality... • CD: Perfect digital sound. Does not degrade. Information is exact. • CD: lower noise floor • CD: loudness wars • Vinyl: “warm” •Vinyl: theoretically unlimited resolution
  7. We all listen to MP3s. Audiophiles Don’t live in the real world
  8. "I find this sound quality stuff both fascinating and ridiculous. It’s like the pixel resolution of digital cameras: higher numbers are better, but that discussion always pushes the actual photography to one side, somehow." Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead
  9. Formats • Speeds: 33 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM • 12” - Long Play (LP). Normally 33 RPM. • 7” - Single or Extended Play (EP). Normally 45 RPM. Note big hole... need an adaptor • 78 RPM. Don’t know anything about them. Normally 10”. Pressed in Shellac. Whatever Wikipedia says!
  10. 45 Adapter
  11. Building a Collection on the Cheap
  12. Where to Look • Craigslist • Garage/Yard/Estate Sales • Auction • Swap Meets • Thrift Stores • Swap meets, Flea Markets
  13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagillet/3754095975
  14. Buy Lots to start. WAY cheaper per LP! ($0.30 - $3 per album)
  15. Sell or trade doubles and unwanted albums. Keep the good copies.
  16. Have patience.
  17. Always check for scratches (but take chance if cheap enough)
  18. Keep a want list (Rolling Stone Top 500 albums)
  19. Thriller is the highest selling album of all time. It is worth $1, not $735!
  20. Buy new albums on Vinyl. $5 more than CD. Many come with a free download.
  21. Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Who, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, The Who (60s - early 70s) are great for resale. Pickup for cheap even if you already own the record.
  22. pipes.yahoo.com/rickvug/ vancouvervinyl
  23. Getting Setup
  24. Turntable Buying Advice • Look for heavyweight turntables from mid 70s - present. • Brands: Linn, Technics (SL-1200),Thorens, Dual, Onkyo, Sony, Denon, Rega, Music Hall. • Not sure about USB turntables. • Belt Drive vs. Direct Drive
  25. Cartridges + Stylus • Shure M97Xe, M78S • Grado (gold, blue) • Audio Technica AT95E / 110E / AT440MLA • Goldring 1000 series ( 1006,1012 etc) • Ortofon OM and 2M series (Red) • Stanton 668
  26. Moving Magnet (MM) vs. Moving Coil (MC) (low output)
  27. Phono Preamp • Amplify from line level input (RCA connectors) • Built into old Receivers. Likely not in your 5.1 setup. • For best sound or compatibility with newer systems, you need a separate pre-amp.
  28. Budget Phono Preamps • My shopping list: is.gd/3UFeA • NAD PP-2, PP • Cambridge Audio Azur 540P/640P • Pro-Ject Phono Box MKII • Rega Phono MM • Music Hall MMF
  29. Bottom Line • +/- $100 for old turntable + receiver (shop around) • $500 for a solid budget setup • Sky is the limit on potential cost for Audiophiles
  30. Storage & Care
  31. Ikea Expedit
  32. http://www.flickr.com/photos/monfresh/3232713525/
  33. Other care tips • Get outer (+inner) sleeves for LPs you care about • Store vertical • Avoid moisture • Dust and dirt is enemy #1 for audio quality! • Google “record cleaning”
  34. Dorky Stuff I Couldn’t Fit In • Crazy cases + art • Posters • Colored, holographic vinyl • Lock groove (Sgt. Pepper, Atom Heart Mother, Ga Ga Ga) • Delicious Library • Could always become a DJ!
  35. Thanks! Let’s talk. Rick Vugteen @rickvug rickvug.com (excuse the dust)

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