Primitive versions of records emerged in the early 1800's. As technology produced more and more sophisticated equipment, the LP, or long playing record, became one of the most beloved methods of storing music and other forms of recorded sound. As technology surged forward in the 20th century, records were replaced with eight track tapes, cassette tapes and eventually with the CD. However, the vinyl album remains a piece of nostalgia and an important component of music history.
Collectors of rare and vintage vinyl may prize a particular era or style of recording. Early recordings include classical, jazz and bluegrass genres. Country, soul and rock music is also popular. Collectors may visit vintage music stores or places where used items are found, such as garage sales and thrift shops. Antique stores and flea markets are other venues where used albums, like early hip hop records, may be found.
Later albums, such as those recordings of pop, metal and hip hop artists are also considered collectibles. Listeners may associate these LPs with music they listened to in their youth. Collectors may enjoy finding soundtracks that are rare, such as comedy recordings. Some downloads of records are also available online, but some listeners prize the unique sound that a record offers. Rap, gospel and dance music can be found from almost any era.
Whatever music you like to groove to, from country to alternative, a world of options are available. Whether you like to collect a particular genre of music or are just looking for rarities of any type, part of the fun is in the search. LP collectors enjoy searching for particular, collectible items.
Used and vintage records include records that are either pre-owned or very old records that have never been opened out of the original package. Stores that sell used, pre owned vintage vinyl records may also sell LPs and CDs. Vintage records can also be called classic records. Used or vintage records feature a variety of music styles, including classical, alternative, jazz, country, pop, blues, movie soundtracks, international music, soul, gospel, groove, funk, bluegrass, heavy metal, comedy, and rock and roll. You can find used and vintage records by visiting a music store, or a specialty music store. Search for record stores online or in your local phone book. Give a few stores a call first to make sure they sell what you're looking for. Staff members may even be able to search the inventory for a particular record you want. Then they can hold it aside for you until you can make it in. Go online to search used and vintage vinyl record wholesalers and retailers. There, you can search for the exact record you need, or put in a search request. You can even download songs from way back, without the need for an actual record or record player. Keep in mind that you need to pay a fee to download music. You can also purchase vintage and pre owned records online, but beware of scams. You won't be able to view the album or CD and make sure the condition is to your liking. If you like to observe and touch records before you buy, visit a store instead.