Monday, November 9, 2009

Calling Collect

I’m not a serious vinyl collector.  I’m more of a vinyl accumulator.  I don’t pour over the Goldmine price guides or spend years searching for that elusive first pressing of  The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, or the original VeeJay issue of Introducing the Beatles.  If I ever found them I’d be reluctant to put them on the turntable and risk diminishing their value.  I still like to handle and listen to my records and I’m mostly in it for the music. 


But I find the hobby of vinyl collecting fascinating and I like to read about people and their collections.  There are all kinds out there.  Genre collectors, label collectors, artists’ completists, and some that make absolutely no sense except to the person who owns the collection.  Some listen to the music, while others never let the albums leave their protective sleeves and are content just to own the records.  Someone should really do a sociological study.


If you would like to know more about vinyl collecting, Robert Benson’s blog has lots of valuable info and insight into the world of collecting.  He also offers an excellent free e-book on why people collect, how to organize a collection, how to care for albums, the grading system and lots more.  You can find it here:


  1. I like that word, "accumulator", rather than collector. I am definitely not a book collector, but definitely a book accumulator!

  2. Lost my vinyls in a basement flood. More troubling was the destruction of my old cassettes made from your collection, but then again, my cassette player no longer works.