Record Collecting.

Nicki Written by Nicki

There’s no denying it- I am a music fanatic. I’ve been collecting records since I was about 9 years old, which wasn’t easy considering I was 9 years old in 1992. Vinyl records had all but vanished into thin air, and the shiny new CDs were all the rage. My mom’s small collection of mostly Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin records helped to keep my passion alive for several years, and then in the mid-2000′s, something wonderful happened. Vinyl was back! The world had turned away from the easily damaged CDs, and went the way of the digital download. Suddenly, with nothing tangible to represent their passion, music lovers everywhere began turning to that old, warm sound of a needle on a big black dinner plate. I was thrilled!

Besides the fact that artists were beginning to release their albums on vinyl again (many accompanied by a digital download), one of the greatest things about the record upswing was the increasing availability of affordable turntables. Companies like Crosley started mass-producing record players that not only were in new working order, but had the classic look of players from the 1960s and 70s. Plus, they’re less than $150! That teal one is mine, I picked it up from Urban Outfitters about 3 years ago. In case you’re wondering what that checkered tape is all about, it’s holding a few coins on the back of the needle arm for counter-balance. An age-old problem with record players is that after a while, the arm becomes unbalanced and begins to drag on the record. The coin trick is something my mom taught me on one of her old players when I was a kid. Works every time! One day, I hope to get my hands on a classic record player cabinet- one of the most brilliant pieces of furniture ever created, in my opinion. The turntable, shelving, and speakers are all built in!

For now, I’ve got a pretty nice shelving cabinet to keep my current collection. It’s of course full to the brim, so there’s some spill-over. When my husband and I were in Paris recently, we hit the mother-load at a record store called Vinyl Office. We stocked up on early reggae records and french pop from the 60s. We even got a hefty discount for buying so many at once!

Here’s my favorite record in my collection- not necessarily because of the music, but because of the story behind it. I was minding my own business in a record store in Orlando, and who do I see but Fred Schneider of the B-52s! He autographed this B-52s single for me. Look closely- he wrote “wooo nicki”! Best autograph ever.