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Does Vinyl Really Sound Better?

 It is often claimed that vintage vinyl produces a much richer and fuller sound than digital. Is this true? Does vinyl really sound better? Although arguably technically inferior (with its fair share of limitations), vinyl has long been hailed as a superior format. In fact, when CDs and digital music first exploded into the mainstream…

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How Popular is Used Vinyl?

How Popular Is Used Vinyl? A report shared by MusicWatch has not only demonstrated that a large proportion of vinyl sales are attributed to used rather than new records, but also that an interesting ‘dual market’ of buyers has emerged. The poll, conducted by MusicWatch between January and April of this year, suggests that not…

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How to Master, Manufacture & Release a Vinyl Record

By Michael Greig Thomas A rising popularity of vinyl records in recent years, coupled with an industry that has failed to keep up with growing demand, has led to issues with supply and resulted in delays of up to sixth months as labels wait their turn to press records (see previous article Will New Record…

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Is Free Streaming Causing the Vinyl Boom?

By Michael Greig Thomas Vinyl sales recently reached their highest level in almost 30 years, and free streaming may be helping to drive these sales. It had originally been feared that the shift to online audio streaming would contribute to a decline in physical music sales. As the music industry adapted to a digital age,…

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How Leaving the EU Could Change the Vinyl Record Industry

By Michael Greig Thomas To the great surprise of many, the United Kingdom recently voted, by narrow majority, to approve a referendum to leave the European Union. Almost immediately, the British pound dropped to a 30 year low and global stock markets took a plunge. The abrupt initial impact of Brexit on the economy couldn’t…

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Turntable Maintenance: Tips & Advice

By Michael Greig Thomas We’ve already discussed tips for protecting your records, but there’s something else to keep in mind if you want to preserve the condition of your vinyl collection for years to come: the importance of turntable maintenance. Here are some important basic guidelines to keep in mind: Placement & Suspension Minimise the…

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Will New Record Presses Solve Vinyl’s Supply Problem?

By Michael Greig Thomas A surge of 30% in vinyl sales last year marked the tenth straight year of vinyl sales growth. However, whilst the vinyl revival is showing no signs of slowing down, demand is, sadly, far outweighing supply. If the industry is to keep up with this growing supply, then something has to…

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Vinyl Records: How To Look After Them

By Michael Greig Thomas Whilst vinyl is one of the most durable physical music formats around, record enthusiasts are aware of the importance of properly caring for their records: neglect your vinyl collection and you risk introducing surface noise, scratches and even warping. Here are our tips for properly caring for your vinyl records… Correct…

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Press Release: Gloria Jones & The Tiaras on 45RPM 7″ Vinyl

By Michael Greig Thomas “Forming The Light of Love Wax Co. imprint has been a dream that never ends” –Gloria Jones You’re in for a treat… For decades, the original performance of “Gone With The Wind (is My Love)” by Gloria Jones was buried, lost, and forgotten. Lou Barretto and Rod Bumgardner, the writers of the record,…

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ARChive of Contemporary Music Summer Sale – NYC

By Michael Greig Thomas This Saturday, June 11, The ARChive of Contemporary Music is hosting their biannual Summer Sale of vinyl records at 54 White St, New York. The sale takes place to raise funds to further the organizations mission: to collect, preserve, and provide information about popular music from around the globe. The event will run…