For the Record

Someone has been nice to me. They uploaded to YouTube some old record albums. Remember the day when stereos with turntables went 33 and a third. The little strobe light to finely adjust the speed.
It is great to listen to some old classic and think on better days.

How often do listen to old albums? How do you do it? Do you have a turntable?

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  1. We have not played real honest vinyl for over ten years.   We did it a lot back when we were homeschooling.  I have some ancient 33s that belonged to my grandparents, and a few that belonged to Dad, plus three crates of albums from the 1970s that I could not bear to part with.

    I own two turntables.  One is really good but needs a new cartridge.  The other is mediocre but I bought it because it would burn directly to compact disc.

    We packed it all up when we thought we would sell the house, but then Mama got sick and our plans changed.  We did move two years ago, and I have not taken the time to set it all back up.   I plan to retire in two or three years; I will listen to vinyl then.

    The thing is, my hearing has declined so much that I can’t tell the difference anymore.

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  2. MJBubba:
    We have not played real honest vinyl for over ten years.   We did it a lot back when we were homeschooling.  I have some ancient 33s that belonged to my grandparents, and a few that belonged to Dad, plus three crates of albums from the 1970s that I could not bear to part with.

    I own two turntables.  One is really good but needs a new cartridge.  The other is mediocre but I bought it because it would burn directly to compact disc.

    We packed it all up when we thought we would sell the house, but then Mama got sick and our plans changed.  We did move two years ago, and I have not taken the time to set it all back up.   I plan to retire in two or three years; I will listen to vinyl then.

    The thing is, my hearing has declined so much that I can’t tell the difference anymore.

    There was just something nice have the album art and reading about the group on the back. Sometimes the albums came with the lyrics so you could read them as well as listen.

    I remember going to a record company and I watched how a record was made. Two masters pressed down on a blob of vinyl. It was kind of like making a waffle.

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  3. The “loose” or “stand alone” turntable, I gave away. I do have a stereo cabinet with a turntable that I built back in 1968. Someday I’ll have to see if it is still functional.

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  4. I’ve wondered how a diamond stylus could be ruined by light dragging over vinyl grooves.  Two-flute diamond micromills carving Plexiglas blanks into into intraocular lenses also mysteriously fail.  Electron micrographs of new and used micromills are indistinguishable to the limits of magnification.  The former work and the later don’t.

    Bradford Pate’s PhD thesis indirectly offers a mechanism for such failures – no more than two atoms deep, and reversible either way at will.  Batch parallel processing, too.  Also published in Surface Science.  Go fetch.

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  5. 10 Cents:

    MJBubba:

    There was just something nice have the album art and reading about the group on the back. Sometimes the albums came with the lyrics so you could read them as well as listen.

    I remember going to a record company and I watched how a record was made. Two masters pressed down on a blob of vinyl. It was kind of like making a waffle.

    I remember Capitol Records, their plant was a scant two miles from where I live. They moved though.

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