questionswhere do you get your vinyl (records)?

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Goodwill, garage sales, & used music stores is where I pick mine up. If you're looking for obscure titles though you'll probably just have to buck up and pay for 'em. Try http://www.musicstack.com/
@okham Got any examples of albums you're searching for?

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garage sales, estate sales, antique coops, and yes sometimes ebay.
I think folks are realizing the value more and they aren't as cheap as they were for awhile.
I got a crateful for 5 bucks from a garage sale a few years ago.It was the end of the day and they had been selling the records for I don't remember what maybe .50-1.00 each or something. My niece was there and called me and started to go through the contents on the phone w/ me. I said, just ask them how much for the lot. They wanted to close up, so I got a deal They even threw in the old crate! Some very nice LPs included. Now that's my kind of deal.

For some regional vinyl ( in a region I no longer lived ) I went to ebay. Patience is the key. Easy to get excited when you see a hard to find come up. But wait for your price, eventually one will show and you'll get your deal.

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discogs.com, ameoba, ebay, garage sales, local record stores, not-so-local record stores.

I have purchased every single record for sale from www.vinylloop.com - I have never got a bad record from them, but their selection is based on what they're able to acquire. Still worth bookmarking and checking out from month to month.

I just saw a service a friend of mine was using on instagram, I'll find out what it was and get back to you. Sorry I can't give you a better answer right now, my head is full of snot and brain not work good now k thx.

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Look for local record stores in your area. Most areas still have at least one or two. Check them and if you don't find what you are looking for - ask them. They will be the best resource for how to find what you want, where you want.

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Auctions or estate sales these days have more vinyl than you would think. Aging baby boomers, I guess, selling the treasures of their youth.

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Slightly off topic, but I fail to see the allure of vinyl. First, it doesn't reproduce sound as well on a theoretical level. The frequency response isn't as good as digital, less dynamic range, and the amplification of the analog signal is problematic at best. The "warmth" vinyl's advocates hold up is really subtle distortion at the mids and higher.

That is the theoretical. What I really don't understand is the practical. I spent far too much of my youth trying to keep vinyl records in shape. Getting the tone arm balanced, picking the best cartridge for your turntable, and trying to keep the records themselves clean and not skipping, wow, what fun!! Utter crap. I can still remember trying to record to cassette, tiptoeing around and praying the thing wouldn't skip. Not to mention the warping and damage vinyl is subject to.

Needless to say, I was not at all sad to see vinyl go.

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I love local record stores, and I try to start with them. I want them to exist so why wouldn't I do my best to help them? Beyond that, you can often get good deals from small labels, and I've been a Fat Possum fan for years.

However, it sounds like you want something very specific at a very specific price, and for that, discogs has always worked for me. Or, if you enjoy Manhattan in November: http://wfmu.org/recfair/

EDIT Also I've had good luck with http://www.dustygroove.com/

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@wilfbrim: To me it's all about the art and personality of vinyl. I love unfolding posters, getting liner notes you can actually read and having a nice glossy 12x12 sleeve to properly view the brilliance of the art [Death Grips - Deep Love No Web anybody??] (NSFW that was a joke. *don't google that.) to me a record is something that builds character as you grow, the pops and cracks you earn as you listen to your record become yours and only yours. It all adds character to the music you listen to. Every CD i have ever bought will usually end up with a cracked jewel case, or scratched cd or just crumpled up lost in the trunk of my car, for some reason I can't seem to respect the CD medium. Digital: Yes
Vinyl: Yes!
CD: Meh.

I still have my nice sound card, fancy headphones and lossless medium for storing, transferring, and enjoying my entire music collection, but to me there's nothing better than sitting down on the carpet and listening to a record with some friends.

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The best place in San Francisco Bay Area is Amoeba Music. They buy and sell vinyl, CDs, DVDs, books, etc. They have stuff online also: http://www.amoeba.com/

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If you're already there you might as well check out Rasputin in Berkeley too. They seem to have a lot of rarities at decent prices

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@cowboydann: Yeah Rasputin! =)
I think Amoeba is in LA also btw.

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Bababooey!
Fla-fla-floley!
Ma-ma-monkey!

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Thanks for all the great suggestions. This helps a lot.

@wilcononomous: Ever heard of Berlin to Broadway? Hit the deck/Cat&Fiddle? No? Me either. There for a friend of a friend overseas. They found them on a site called lp-records.com, but the site seems a little iffy, hence the deals.woot polling.

@wilfbrim: For me they are a nostalgia thing, but I am certainly happier with my lossless audio files. Although I agree with @cowboydann (hope you feel better, btw), that I miss the album art and inserts. And oh, the b-sides.

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Vinyl Renaissance & Audio in in Kansas City, MO and Overland Park, KS. Huge store!

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@okham: Tried the Flea market? If I remember correctly we might be going to the same one (the big one at least), theres a vendor there that only sells vinyl, he's got tons of stuff. I picked up an unopened Dire Straits album just a couple weeks ago.

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@nmchapma: they're all show tunes for a friend of a friend. And I haven't been to that one in years. Mostly, the parking scares me :)

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Local used music store for me, although not having a turntable strategy cuts down the buying urge...a Canadian music, indie band + t-shirt charity project (Yellow Bird) has a vinyl spin off online store but show tunes aren't on the genre list, although blues and jazz are http://www.analog.am/

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Well there are lots of good answers here, but I've got 3000+ to sell if anyone is interested. Mostly 80's, give or take a decade.
Rock, mainstream pop, 'techno' (because I am too lazy to list the genres), hiphop, and a little bit of this and that (jazz, whatever).

Located in Madison, WI but I can ship it.

Anyone? Anyone?

Bueller?

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@slydon: Love Fat Possum! I got to hang out with T-Model Ford for an evening about last year. That was really cool. He was one of the first Fat Possum artists I had come across.

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I am not sure how recent the songs you want are but you might want to check out R&B Records in Upper Darby, PA. They've been around since the mid-to-late '60's. Ask for Val Shively or Chuck. Let them know that "Snakes" recommended them. In case you are wondering, mentioning "Snakes" won't give me anything. I've been dealing with them since 1968 and I just want them to know how great I believe they are.

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Record Vision is an online store that has some pretty good prices, and a great selection. All play-graded too, so you'll know what you're getting based on the description.
http://www.recordvision.com