We have decided to start a regular blog - so here goes...(follow up comments are welcome)

WHY BUY AN OLD VINYL RECORD?

Basically we will be writing comments to do with music - especially if it is about the wonderful and strange world of vinyl records.

Vinyl Tap have been selling vinyl for over 28 years now so would like to think we know a fair bit about the subject.

There has been a definite increase in interest over the last year or two.

Indeed only a short time ago when someone asked what I did as a job and I explained that I work for a company selling vinyl the general response was - really! can you make a living out of that?? and a general air of disbelief!

But nowadays with the same question the response is more of I've heard vinyl is really back and wow what a great way to earn a living!

It has surprised me - I could never really have seen it coming back like it has even though I know the product is great.

One of the great things I see is that there are lots of younger people buying vinyl as well as the long time keen music fans.

This of course is great news for us long term but I really sometimes wonder why that is.

When there is so much music out there and with all the streaming services there is no real need to spend much money on music if you don't want to so why do people want to own the physical items?

There is something very human about people wanting to own things and actually hold them in their hands.

People collect all sorts of items from stamps and coins to owning hundreds of tea pots and pictures of cats so really it is no surprise that some people collect vinyl records - and the fact that they can be used to listen to as well just adds to it - but the real thing I think is the experience of owning a musical artefact that you can look at while actually using.

Another part of the experience for me is the history - when you own an original 60's LP for example it is like having a piece of a lost time. Maybe from a youth gone by or an image in your mind of a time you could never experience - if you have a super clean original copy of electric ladyland for example - it can feel like you own a part of the jigsaw that was the scene.

Picture a youngster reading an article about the Sex Pistols and then buying an original 7" copy of Anarchy in the UK - the sound on vinyl is amazing and there is something that connects it to the time when they were public enemy number one - you don't quite get that experience from a streaming service - to most people that is all they need but to some they want that connection to the past - the real article - the real deal.