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Looking for Vinyl? Here Are Some Buying Tips

I was at the Downtown Record Show in Toronto Sunday morning recording a Geeks&Beats podcast. While I didn’t buy anything–all the records I wanted were priced far above the amount of cash I had on hand–I did spend a considerable amount of time people-watching.

One of the things we tackled on the podcast was how to approach a big record show.  I pointed to the crowd. Many brought wishlists.  One guy came with a laptop so he could consult a massive spreadsheet of artists, titles and matrix numbers. Other just browsed, hoping to stumble across something they absolutely had to have.

But when you get really deep into record shows, there are many, many subtleties that one has to learn.  Analog Planet has some great tips here.

Alan Cross

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One thought on “Looking for Vinyl? Here Are Some Buying Tips

  • i have an excel database for my cds and vinyl to keep track of different pressings, etc. I keep this in my dropbox and can access the file from my smartphone at stores or shows. Much easier than lugging around a laptop!


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