Ladies and Gentlemen…The New Page is Up



      1. Do you have a collection of 78 rpm records? That record player is 3 years older than my mom. When she was 19 years old she worked for a radio station and cut a lot of records of the live performances that were part of radio back then. We had a large collection of 78 rpm records she had saved all those years. After my dad died, she got another house, and I had the house I grew up it demolished. My mom didn’t want the record collection, so I gave it to my guitar guru. I made a photo of my mom the we had of her when she was 19 working at the radio station. I superimposed a photo of her in 2009 working on her computer on the old photo. You can see the photo at if you would like.

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      2. I gave my vinyl collection and professional turntable to my daughter. Around 300 records. Vinyl was making a comeback. I heard one of those box chains like BestBuy stopped carrying CDs and added vinyl. I’m surprised how many styles and brands of turnables are available these days.

        Laurie and I switched over to CDs in the early 80s. We were scoffed at by friends and family, who thought CDs were novel, expensive (they were) and they wouldn’t last. I remember telling one of Laurie’s sisters there would be a day vinyl won’t be available. It took most less time than I imagined.

        I got Laurie her first iPod in 2002. I think it was the 2nd gen by then. She liked to listen to Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell, but it came on really late at night. I originally rigged up a system with a timer that automatically recorded the show onto cassette tape while we were sleeping, then she listened while gardening on a WalkMan. Once the iPods became available, before pod casts, I used Audio Hijack to record the show through the computer and put in on her iPod. It was so nice when we could subscribe to PodCasts.

        I think we went through 4 or 5 iPods before we started using iPhones for PodCasts and music.


      1. I have to disagree. While I love analog recordings, vinyl LPs don’t come close to the dynamic range of music on CDs. There’s also the pre-echos endemic to vinyl records. And sadly, every time the stylus plays an LP, it wears away the grooves. The wear can be minimized with proper stylus tracking force but even so, vinyl records are fragile. CDs are clones of master recordings and they don’t have the sonic loss of most vinyl. There are audiophile LPs, made of heavier vinyl than the norm (I remember in the ’70s when to cut costs, record companies pressed thin discs that were more pliant than those of the ’50s and ’60s) and half-speed mastered records. If you want great sound out of vinyl, you gotta spend big bucks for gear. You get great sound from CDs at a fraction of the price.

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