Drinks, 45s, & future events. At last! Bring a 60s 45 for Crystal Blue to spin

  • 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.... :)

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  • david s.

    Thanks Tom for putting on the vinyl meet up event last Friday at the Beauty Bar. I will be in touch to discuss details and logistics of possibly hosting a meet up at my studio in June. Set up a stereo so members can play some vinyl over drinks and snacks in our back yard space.

    April 17, 2014

  • Howard

    It was a nice evening with some vinyl diehards (and a few tube equipment fanatics... you know who you are. Ha!) Thanks Tom, for organizing and for loaning us your 60's era psychedelic 45s to spin when the DJ wouldn't take all of ours. It was great meeting and chatting with everyone, and hope to see you all again!

    April 16, 2014

  • Ches

    I mixed up my days, lol ! My age is swelling my brain :) I thought Beauty Bar was next Friday but . . . I still won't be in NYC till next Friday nite :(
    Like I said guys please do take pics of tonites event and have a wonderful time !
    I'll be in the village Saturday, vinyl shopping if anybody wants to meet up?
    The spots I always hit up is A-1 records on 6th St between A and 1st, Academy Records on 12th St between A and 1st.
    Anywhere else that anybody has suggestions to shop please let me know because I know alot of places closed down in the East and West village and the North side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
    Bleeker records moved as Tom previously told me, but I don't know where?
    Another question is what stores are honoring Record Store Day?

    April 11, 2014

  • Howard

    I had written that entire original thread above as a suggestion, way back when Matt was the organizer and had arranged a great RSD outing and follow-up spin session for us. I am very, very glad to see that after all this time there is renewed momentum and some of those ideas finally coming to fruition. Thanks for organizing tonight's event Tom! Looking forward to meeting you and everyone later!

    April 11, 2014

  • david s.

    Tom, Thanks for setting this up! Look forward to meeting everyone.

    April 7, 2014

  • Sammy K.

    Hello! I just joined. Looking forward to meeting all of you!

    July 25, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Just back from the the Archive of Contemporary Music, White St. between the R and the A trains. The semi-annual sale of third copies begins Saturday 11-6. There is much less vinyl this time, i.e. 12" singles are mixed in with the LPs. But prices are good and the cause is better. I'll be going several times in the next 10 days, but if you come Saturday afternoon for 1st pickings ask Fred, Bob, or Quinn at the front which shopper is Tom Burgess, and I'll give you the rundown and share some strategies.

    June 7, 2013

    • Matt N.

      Tom -

      June 7, 2013

    • Matt N.

      Tom - good to know, I was thinking of hitting that sale sometime this weekend. The only other one I've been to at ARC was a Xmas one a few years back, and it had more than enoug vinyl (as if such a thing was possible...). I'll ask the guys at the desk if you're around when I get there..

      June 7, 2013

  • Julian V.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoqbXX1cKlk Maybe we can go dig here and head to McCarren park afterwards ?

    June 6, 2013

  • Matt N.

    So this group needs to get moving again. I see some new folks joined in the last few weeks.

    (Looks like we all survived Record Store Day.....)

    Anyone care to work toward a real date and location? (Hint: think Brooklyn....)

    June 4, 2013

  • Ches

    I wish we could meet up next week April 1-5. I will be in NYC. Too bad :(

    March 25, 2013

  • Tony

    Are you willing to come to Brooklyn. I know a place where we could play vinyl. The Fork Hold Lounge on Flatbush between Ditmas and New Kirk. I'll be spinning vintage reggae, strictly vinyl, there at the end of May. Check it out.

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Ches

    As you already know I have recently moved to Maine. I will be in the city the week of April 1st. Hope a decision can be made by then. Record Store Day this year is on April 20th. Chances are slim that I wont be in the city :( Just a reminder; several times a week I upload my vinyl on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/ChesGod73?feature=mhee

    March 3, 2013

  • Matt N.

    Looks like this next meetup is gaining some traction for later in March -- that's a great thing! However, I'm not sure who/what is helping determine a location. If folks want to keep this Manhattan-centric it's one thing, but if they are willing to go to Brooklyn to meet on a weekend afternoon, I can look into getting us Freddy's Backroom (http://freddysbar.com/). (If you can get to Lower Manhattan, you can to the lower Slope/Greenwood Heights area....)

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We should definitely like dedicate the whole day to planning out on different places to check out vinyl. There's lots of places I know of and everything. There should be a meeting before hand to plan everything out. I'm down to meet up on the21st.

    March 1, 2013

  • Ches

    Lower Manhattan sounds good for a meetup but the question is where? last record store day was great! if u look through the pictures on this sight they are from that historic day. matt put it all together in noho in the lower east side. i'm so happy i got my youtube channel going, now u fellow record junkies and hear my system that took me 14 yrs to build !

    February 20, 2013

  • Ches

    Today I " FINALLY " started uploading Vinyl/Record videos on YouTube of my High-End Hi-Fi System. My Vinyl is so precious to me and now I get to share it with the world. So if u would like to have a taste of the Hi-End Audiophile World, Check out my videos on my Channel. Enjoy ! ! ! Feel free to leave comments ! ! !

    Please Subscribe to see upcoming uploads ! ! !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aWhaOiNXJI

    February 20, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Since Record Store Day returns mid-April, we should meet well before. Ches has suggested the 1st wk of April, aka CUNY Spring Break; aka Holy Week. The advantage is that at least some of us will have flex time thruout the wk. But I'd just as soon meet sooner. I'm above 200th, technically in Manhattan, but definitely a long way from Bklyn. How bout downtown Manhattan nr a Bklyn Subway line?

    February 14, 2013

    • Matt N.

      Forgot the link: http://freddysbar.com...­

      February 14, 2013

    • Tom B.

      I hope we can have a lower Manhattan location as it makes for a better crossroads. Our previous meetup in Bklyn only drew 3 people. But for bars, I can't suggest much, having directed my spare cash to recordings rather than drinks for the last two decades.

      February 15, 2013

  • Matt N.

    Cool, I may know of a few places where friends have done events, so I may be able to put out some feelers. Are we looking for April, or do we want to try something sooner?

    February 13, 2013

  • Jason D.

    In a perfect world it would be in brooklyn, at a bar where we could spin some vinyl, and we'd all bring some $1 - $3 records to swap - bring one, take one...

    February 13, 2013

  • Matt N.

    So what criteria do we have for a time and place? Can it be on a weekend afternoon? Indoors? With electricity? With drinks/alcohol available? Is Brooklyn a possibility and not Manhattan?

    (Thinking out loud....)

    February 13, 2013

  • Howard

    I was the one who had posted these original suggestions. Now that we have some critical mass building up, let's start looking ahead for a date and venue one day in the weeks ahead!

    February 13, 2013

  • Ches

    I will be in NY in the 1st week of April. come on guys I am around for a limited time. I hope we can make something happen. I got chip in's :)

    February 12, 2013

  • Ches

    Hey Vinyl Junkies ! If u wanna check out my equipment that I've collected within the past 14 years, click the link below :)

    https://plus.google.com/photos/101012811434093313933/albums/5695396721534113233?hl=en

    February 12, 2013

  • Ches

    My new cartridge ! The Red Ed Elliptical ! $27.95
    I figured I will get more bang for my buck, now considering that times are hard. A moving magnet worth over $100, is an exact match to an Elektra Goldring.
    For more info http://www.edsaunders.com/reded.htm

    Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz±3dB
    Channel Balance 2dB @ 1kHz
    Channel Separation 20dB @ 1kHz
    Sensitivity 5mV±2dB, 1kHz @ 5 cm/sec
    Static Compliance 16mm/N
    Equivalent tip mass 0.7 mg
    Vertical Tracking Angle 26°
    Stylus Radius Elliptical .007X.003
    Load Resistance 47,000 Ohm
    Cartridge Weight 4.2g
    Standard 1/2" Mount, hardware included

    February 12, 2013

  • Austin E.

    So down for this. Maybe a Saturday dig?

    January 9, 2013

  • Matt N.

    This sounds like my type of conversation. I was just searching online to find out when the Columbia two-eye grey label was last used on mono pressings. If that makes sense to you, you can understand why this could be a fun meetup for me.

    January 8, 2013

  • Jason D.

    I'd love to join - a record swap is a great idea, better than bringing it in to your local store and getting a buck!

    January 8, 2013

  • Clark

    I'm a vinyl junkie and sample freak. I'd love to chat w/ fellow beatmakers and record collectors. Hear my stuff here: soundcloud.com/thebins

    January 8, 2013

  • Tom B.

    since no date is set, can it be after I return on 1/18?

    January 8, 2013

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