Looking For Best Practices For Upgrading Record Collection
OK I got my two turntables picked out, phono stage selected, and cartridges chosen. All in all both analog rigs sound mighty fine, and some of the best analog playback I have owned.
Now about 8 years ago i simplified my life, and it meant leaving my vinyl collection go. A mistake I regret. When I came back to vinyl four years ago or so, I bought several hundred pieces from a fellow who needed to turn his vinyl collection into cash. While the vinyl was in decent shape for the most part, many had considerable wear on the covers, and I found the vinyl itself to be of varying quality once played. As a whole I am not terribly satisfied with the vinyl collection.
This evening I ordered four pieces from Soundstage Direct.
Keb Mo: Blues Americana and Keep it Simple
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Louie Louie Louie
Ben Webster: Soulville
Looking forward to getting them, but even with the Fathers Day sale, they are not cheap. Especially the Ben Webster!
So I am looking for ideas on the best way to upgrade the library. I would make purchases of new vinyl like this from time to time on quality titles, but it can't be all my purchases. But compared to some of the offerings at local used record stores that I have been into, heck new vinyl purchases arent a lot more expensive than many used. But still, I like Windham Hill and Private Music label offerings, and those titles are lucky to be worth $3 to $5 on the used market, if that.
So has anyone gone through this process, and care t share their experiences and observations? Vinyl condition is critical of course, but this time around I am going to care about the quality of covers also. I want my collection to be in excellent shape.