There are some things that just never go out of style for those who feel that traditions are the spice of life. For some this may be home-made smores and for others it’s watching live football on Thanksgiving Day. There are other traditions that reach deeper than others for no particular reason, and yet they endear the very fabric of our lifestyle and influence how we like to live our lives. One more addition to celebrate a special past-time traditions is one that everyone enjoys no matter what style or theme you happen to like more. This of course is the collecting and listening of vinyl records. It has no age limit involved, no special skills required, and nothing more than the love of music to bring hours of pleasure-filled old memories back from near extinction of your mind.
Vinyl records represent a large part of history that dates back to 1930, however the original year records were introduced was in the year 1877. New formulations over the original shellac records not only improved sound quality, but also allowed longer record play through the introduction of a material called Vinylite. While this new technology was still evolving back then, the fist major breakthrough came in 1948 when Columbia Records introduced a totally new 12” non-breakable vinyl record. The creation of this new process was developed by a Hungarian-born electrical engineer by the name Dr. Peter Goldmark. He is also credited to the development of early CBS color television and later the VCR (video cassette recorder), though his long-play vinyl record technology was in regular use until the late 1980’s when CD’s were introduced to the public.
Many vinyl record collectors insist that sound matures over time, or it could simply be the wear and tear of a record that is played several times over. One thing for sure is- there is something about vinyl records that can’t be beat! Since early 2014 there has been a resurgence of vinyl sales that have steadily climbing in yearly sales. While there is a major sales jump, the mark is nowhere as major as it was in the 1975-77 period where mega-rocker groups such as KISS sold record breaking at platinum levels worth one million units per album. Shocking as it may sound, last years record sales topped 9.2 million records sold, however the number is growing higher as both fans new and old are dusting-off their turntables once again to get that vinyl sound you don’t get from CD’s or DVD’s.