A short history of vinyl

The music industry has undergone significant changes over the past few decades thanks to new technology. Vinyl discs were initially made from shellac and starting in the 1950's and after that polyvinyl chloride became more common. The phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music production until the late 20th century.

Even when new music formats such as compact cassettes were marketed, records still managed to hold the largest market share. By the late 1980's, digital media which was in the form of compact disc started to get a larger market share, and vinyl ended up leaving the music mainstream at around 1991.

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Records were then manufactured on a smaller scale from 1990 - 2010 and were mainly used by DJs and released mostly by artists who were in the dance music genre and listened to by a small market of music enthusiasts.

Vinyl began to make a significant comeback in the early 21st century where a significant sales increase was seen in both the U.S. and U.K. in 2014.

As of 2017, there are 48 record pressing facilities available from all over the world, 18 which are based in the U.S. and 30 in other countries.

The resurgence and demand of vinyl have made music companies invest in both new and modern pressing machines. However, there are only two producers of acetate discs (lacquers) remaining; MDC in Japan and Apollo Masters in California.

Why should you switch to vinyl as opposed to digital? 👈

Music Discovery and Collection

Discovering music digitally is less rewarding as you know exactly what you are looking for. All you have to do is type it in the search box and then hit play. You may find a few related artists to explore, but this ends up becoming more and more obscure as you look further.

Collecting vinyl records is more of an organic process. You never know what you will end up finding and this inspires you to look or shop further.

Embracing New and Unfamiliar Music

There is a good chance that you will come across a strange and unfamiliar type of music that you'll end up enjoying when going through random and disorganized crates of records.

These unknown music types would be very easy to dismiss if they were not right in front of your face and as such, there have been many similar undiscovered records which have never been committed to digital media.

Finding Classic or Treasured Records in the Rough

There is a great feeling that you get when you find something in a clearance bin or thrift stores for pennies which is why you should probably check out local charity shops regularly. More often than not, whole record collections are donated to charity and sold for only a fraction of their worth.

While it is true that most of these records will more than likely end up being terrible, scratched, or missing sleeves, you still never know what you are going to find. It might be a classic album that you saw or heard once and ended up loving, something random that you've decided to take a chance on, or a cheesy single from the 80's sold for a few cents.

Conclusion

Vinyl is more about exploring the world of music in a way you have never done before. While it may not sound objectively better than other mediums as the perceived sound quality of a recording often comes down to mastering, it still a great way to listen to music and help you appreciate it more.

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