April 11, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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DJ Crystal Blue does a monthly mix of early 60s, Brit invasion, &garage. Bring a qualifying 45 and hopefully she'll play it for us. The manager has personally agreed to let us come and might even come up with a special drink offer! Hopefully, we'll do this every 2nd Friday, but this one is crucial--it's the week before Record Store Day.
Keeping original copy on this thread as necessary food for thought: There's a whole other side of loving records than getting together to shop for vinyl. We should keep the momentum of our Record Store Day event going by coming together to swap some discs, talk about our history of collecting and what's in our inventories, and plan out some other events. Records are also about the technology involved: What's happening when a stylus is tracking a groove? What are the best stylus tips and cartridges at different price points? What is the best way to change a cartridge? What are the best turntables and tonearms? Records are also about the software: How is the mastering process done? How are masters pressed onto the wax? What is the best type of wax for pressing? What pressing of Album [" "] sounds the best, and why? Why was Album [" "] released on different pressings/labels to begin with? How do we tell the difference between pressing (a) and (b)? Where are the oldest/best/newest/biggest pressing plants? Could we do a group tour? Which labels are in the NYC area we could visit? What are all the online options for buying - directly from the labels/new vinyl/used vinyl? Should we create an index of shopping sites?
I could keep going on about album art, album jackets and fold-out panels, best/worst types of inner sleeves, record cleaning techniques, chemicals, and machines, de-warping/flattening machines, 78's vs 45's vs 33's, and so on, and so forth.... :)