Amanda Tenfjord. Oslo, Norway.
Amanda Tenfjord. Oslo, Norway.
@jevilishcharm ok someone asked so that means i’m legally allowed to discuss my opinions. this applies to mainly 1. reprints of easily accessible records and 2. MOST records that come out as accompaniments to modern records (there are exceptions to these, but not many) there are some VERY difficult to obtain records that like, if you want to listen to on vinyl you probably should just get the reprint, and some artists in particular are very much into the preservation of vinyl as a medium who have excellent vinyl pressings - jack white comes to mind - but they’re relatively uncommon compared to how common modern vinyl printings are
okay, first, my opinion-based reason that i have deduced with both logic and my own two earholes, then my very concrete provable reason. i truly think that modern repressings don’t sound quite as good. it might be a personal opinion - i think old vinyl that you buy second hand you can hear the history through the little imperfections, which to me makes it beautiful. but also, i think that they’re a shameless cash grab capitalizing on the vinyl trend and they’ll print anything on it to people who frankly don’t know any better - and i KNOW this is hypocritical considering i literally collect vinyl at the ripe old age of 22, but just. listen. i feel that this results in like, meh pressings that they can sell triple the price of a cd or digital album because they can sell it to kids who don’t know any better
that’s my like, conspiracy based reasoning, but my other reasoning which is very steady - which applies to reprints that were mass produced - is that, if you’re willing to do a little digging, you can probably find what you want for a fraction of what reprints cost. most records, unless they’re early printings or otherwise rare, go for between $5-20, depending on the record and sleeve quality, the popularity of the artist, etc. based on me looking around, reissues tend to cost at least $25-35.
if you don’t care about your record holding its value (if you buy reissues you don’t care about your record holding its value, record shops won’t pay what you paid for them, unless they’re very very rare) and only care about sound, you can get ridiculously cheap “as-is” records (”as-is” refers to either records that are scratched, which is bad, or records that have damaged covers, which is fine as long as you plan on mainly listening to them) once i bought tommy by the who for $4 because the cover was beat up.
and this isn’t even getting into buying used records off of the internet! discogs (which is the website i use to log my vinyl, and keeps track of different issues of vinyl released) allows you to buy and trade used vinyl, you can search for specific records on ebay, and, if you want to take the risk, sometimes people sell their entire collections on places like craigslist for dirt cheap. record stores are businesses, and i love the culture around my favorite record store, but they tend to be more expensive because of, you know, expenses like rent and paying people. the internet doesn’t have those problems and thus records may be even cheaper (i could also get into the pros and cons of stores vs internet but i’m already making one vinyl rant post that’s way too long)
basically, my opinions boil down to this: modern artists make music for modern music delivery systems, like streaming and cds. listen to their music on that. older artists made music for vinyl. if you want to listen to the music like that, go find one of those original records, it’ll be cheaper and will sound just as good or better anyway
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