Value is an Ambiguous Term

I didn't know what to take a picture of, so here is a row of records.

I didn’t know what photo to include, so here is a random row of records.

I don’t often do this. In fact, I’ve only done it once… right now.

A friend (I use this term loosely… truthfully, he’s one of my favorites… man, I hope he’s not reading) hipped me to a great article on the frightening parallels of collecting vinyl discs to packs of sports cards. With a childhood packed (no pun intended) with countless sports-card-treasure-hunting-excavations (mainly $0.50 packs of 1990 Score baseball, in search of the coveted Bo Jackson football/baseball card), I immediately drew a stark conclusion to the article without even reading it. I did, however, eventually read the article, and I strongly, and with esteemed fervor, suggest you do the same.

I’m going to get preachy for a minute, which is usually reserved for those rare times when I’ve had a few too many single-malts and some random, nonsensical point unfolds from my feeble brain that I desperately yearn for people to listen to, instead of merely hear. Reservations are society’s great vocal silencers:

LISTEN TO YOUR RECORDS! If you collect comic books, READ YOUR COMIC BOOKS! If action figures are your bag, REMOVE THE TOYS FROM THEIR WORTHLESS PACKAGING AND PLAY WITH THEM! The notion of purchasing some inanimate object, with which to do nothing but hope it’ll yield you an early retirement is, quite honestly, asinine! It took me a lot longer than I’m willing to admit to come to this conclusion and let me tell you, actually listening to my records, AKA using a consumable item for its intended purpose, not to mention absorbing the joyous memories found in doing so, IS THE POINT! Life is entirely too short not to enjoy, or at least attempt to enjoy, each and every moment. That first pressing of Tool’s Ænima is not going to put your kid through college. Listen to it, and in doing so, remember that the purpose of the record isn’t to gaze greedily upon its rarity, but instead to enjoy the wealthy contents found within the grooves. Seems prudent enough, no?

4 thoughts on “Value is an Ambiguous Term

  1. Funny, you mention this, I have pondered at times as to how and when I should begin downsizing my collection of vinyl, 45’s, cassettes, 8-tracks, and even those boring CD’s.

    It usually takes me one or two spins of another vinyl record to come to a simple conclusion. They are mine first, and nobody will appreciate them as I do, so what’s the point. It sure ain’t money secondly, ’cause nobody is going to pay me for what they’re worth to me.

    I do have a question concerning the scans you have provided.

    Are they from a camera, or the good ol’ scanner..? I use a scanner for mine.

    Nice site btw, thanks for sharing.

    • I went through a thorough exodus a few years back, giving away to friends 99% of my cassettes, (kept my small 8-track collection), and sold about 95% of my CD collection. I certainly understand your hesitation to let go. That hesitation eclipsed my decision for several years. I certainly didn’t get what they were worth to me, but I was sure to digitize everything before the sale, so at least the memories associated to the music could still remain. Unless you NEED to downsize, I’d suggest holding on for as long as you can. Moving was a giant factor for me when that inevitable day came, but now that I’m without, I’m seldom missing them, which comes as a big surprise.

      We have a scanner, but I use my iPhone 4 and touch up the photos a bit in Photoshop before posting. I’ve found this process to be much faster than scanning.

      Thanks for reading!

      • Hey, thanks for speedy reply.

        I don’t do the cellphone thing, nor do I plan on it anytime soon. Rotary works just fine as does, “silent is golden”, LOL

        Pretty nice captures from your phone. I use the scanner for it’s resolution, as I am really still more into coverart from the vinyl than say the vinyl itself. Don’t get me wrong, I like vinyl better than the other mediums out there, I just play them as I used to. My main concern in keeping them is the future’s inevitable move to another locale. Sixty-five boxes of records is going to hammer my back. 🙂

        Anyway, again thanks for the reply, and I’ll keep on keepin’ on.

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