Vinyl sales rose in 2017 (Yay!) but turntable sales fell (Huh?)

According to a report, even sales of vinyl rose to its highest levels since the 80s, sales of turntables dropped by 5%. This is odd.

Demand for vinyl shows no sign of stopping, so turntable manufactures have ramped up production. And turntables were the highest-selling tech product for Christmas 2017.

So what’s going on? It could be just a temporary plateau. Given that sales of both vinyl and turntables have been on a rocket ride upwards with double-digit year-over-year growth, it could be just a pause in the market.

Another thing to consider: Once you get a proper turntable, how often are you going to upgrade? Exactly. I bought a new Pro-Ject last spring and I’ll end up using it for the rest of my life.

Or maybe you didn’t buy new and opted for a used deck. I know a couple of people who got back into vinyl with used Technics SL-1200s. Used sales didn’t figure into these overall worldwide sales.

Meanwhile, manufacturers don’t seem to be worried. Rega of the UK is still selling 4,000 units a month.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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