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Vinyl Fever closed its doors

With more vinyl collectors and less places selling vinyl records it is getting harder to find rare albums. So many record shops are going out of business, due to the ease and availability of mp3 files. With all this and a poor economy that has sucked the life out of a nationally known local record store. After 30 years Vinyl Fever closed its doors. Known for its knowledgeable staff and extensive, eclectic selection of new and used CDs, vinyl records and related merchandise, Vinyl Fever has drawn customers from across the state and beyond. Vinyl Fever went out with a bang. Owner Lee Wolfson spun his favorite rare records and several bands performed live. Even though it was announced several months ago, customers were still shocked and saddened by the store’s closing. Everything in the store was up for sale; including the famous instruments and posters that had “Not for Sale” signs on them for year’s .A bad economy and a changing industry are some of the reasons why Vinyl Fever closed its doors. Vinyl has become big over the past half decade, and if not for that revival perhaps Vinyl Fever would have bitten the dust earlier.

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Do you have vinyl records that your looking to sell?

 

Here are some tips to get the most money for them.  This specificaly applies to 78 rpm, 45 rpm, and 33 1/2 rpm (LP) records.

  • Consider supply and demand
  • How availabe is the vinyl record?

If millions were sold initially, they will be easier to find and not worth as much as records that had far less sold.  There must be a demand for that vinyl record because of the artist performing (as an example, a major talent who died young, before being able to make many records), the label on which it was recorded (the original recording as distingued from a “reissue”), to name a few examples. 

Check the condition of the record

  • MINT (M) Totally in perfect condition! Important: Two people must agree on its perfection.
  • NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) Do not have any defects you can see with the naked eye. They could have been played before, preferably on a high quality turntable. Their covers must be absolutely spotless without any creases, ring wear or seam splits.
  • VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) or EXCELLENT (E) May be somewhat worn such as having light scuffs or very very light scratches which wouldn’t affect the listening quality, however. Very slight warps are acceptable, but only if they do not affect the sound quality. Only very little wear of the covers is acceptable.
  • Very Good (VG) Have more flaws that are visible. The original gloss is gone. Groove wear is quite noticeable along with light scratches. Surface noise can be heard usually when played. The covers usually show signs of handling along with creases and seam splitting.
  • Good (G), Good Plus (G+) or Very Good Minus (VG-) The record does not skip but it may have some noise and groove wear issues. The label itself may be worn. The cover may have ring wear and seam splits that is easy to see.
  • POOR (P) and Fair (F) These usually end up in the trash. Most are probably cracked and warped. They skip when played. Covers are usually damaged. They can be worth some money usually only if they are extremely rare.

Best ones of all are those albums that are sealed which are worth the most.

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1980’s – Do Not Read This Article Unless You Are 20 to 30 Years Old!

Do you ever think about what song was the #1 hit at the beginning of the year you were born?

Like, this list is rad! Fer sure!

1989: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison – I remember my daughter listening to this song over and over again. It reminds me so much of her growing up in the ’80’s. It became #1 in the United States.

1988: “Faith” by George Michael. – I do not remember this one all that much. It was written by George Michael. It sold the most songs this year throughout the U.S.

1987: “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles – This song rose high on the charts. The person who wrote this song was thinking about Egyptians because of the fact when people stepped off the ferry, they were walking funny trying to stay in balance. It brought pictures to his mind on how Egyptians walk in those photos we see in our history books.

1986: “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie – It was written for the movie film entitled White Knights. It rose high up to #1 on the chart in the winter of 1985.

1985: “Like A Virgin” by Madonna – This song made Madonna’s career after she performed it on MTV. She portrayed a young woman in a wedding gown and it was a bit risque. It had positive as well as negative reviews.

1984: “Say Say Say” is a song by Paul McCartney along with Michael Jackson. This song was actually the 2nd time McCartney and Jackson collaborated. “Say Say Say” flew off the chart within the United States as #1. It was made a Certified Platinum. Check out the video if you get a chance. It’s a hoot how they sing and act in it!

1983: “Maneater” by Daryl Hall – This song might be considered a bit reggae. It’s something quite different that’s for sure. Listen to it and you’ll see what I mean, if you don’t remember it.

1982: “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John – It was recorded in the year 1981. It escalated to #1! It stayed there for 10 solid weeks. It was considered an absolute success and the most played song of the decade!

1981: “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon – It represented the 5 years he stopped writing songs to raise his son, Sean. And it made #1!

1980: “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes. People loved this song so much that they started to continually requesting it! They kept asking for “The Pina Colada Song”. The title by Rupert was “Escape.” This made sales of this song suffer. Rupert Holmes, upon popular demand, had to change its name to Escape (The Pina Colada Song)! It bursted the top of the chart for 2 decades without any interruption!

If you happen to be an avid record collector, you probably already know facts about famous songs. If you need a record cleaner system for cleaning vinyl for your collection, search on the internet to find top of the line record washers for your precious vinyl records. Remember: Albums and records that appear to be in great shape will offer you the most profit.

The SPIN-CLEAN Record Cleaner System has been in production in the U.S. since 1975. It’s considered the World’s best record washer! Google record washers Pittsburgh or Watch The Demo at http://www.spincleanrecordwasher.com/video-demo.html to see how it can improve your record collection of the 1980’s or any other decade!

1960’s – Do Not Read This Article Unless You Are 40 to 50 Years Old!

Do you wonder which songs were popular in the decade you were born?

Here they are…

1969: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is part of Motown Records long history. I remember hearing it sung by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. It actually; however, became the theme song of Marvin Gaye. Even the Pips sang it as well. I remember it being a great song to dance to back in the day.

1968: “Goodbye and Hello” is a song released in1967. It’s a 60’s style song with a poetic feel to it. It was written by Tim Buckley and recorded in Los Angeles. It’s considered Folk Rock or Psychedelic Rock.

1967: “I’m a Believer” is a song written by Neil Diamond. My friends and I would listen to this song over and over again. It was recorded by The Monkees in 1966. Mikey Dolenz was the lead singer on this one. It got to be #1 in the late winter of1966. It stayed there for 7 consecutive weeks. I read where it actually went Gold even before it was officially released because it had thousands of orders!

1966: “The Sounds of Silence” is the song that started the 1960s team of Simon and Garfunkel. This is the song that made Simon and Garfunkel famous. It was written in the winter of 1964 by Paul Simon with the assassination fo John F. Kennedy in mind.

1965: “I Feel Fine” by The Beatles is a song written mostly by John Lennon. It was released in 1964. The single reached the highest top of the chart in the late winter of 1965 in the United Kingdom. My friends and I loved every single Beatle song. The British invasion was a time like no other. It’s been said it will never ever happen again.

1964: “Dominique” is a song that became very popular. It was sung by Soeur Sourire who was born in Belgium. She is also known as The Singing Nun. I remember this song so well while I was a little girl. I was going to a Catholic grade school at the time and everyone thought it was something to actually hear a nun sing on television!

1963: “Telstar” by The Tornadoes is a 1962 instrumental record. It reached #1 on the chart. This record got its name from a satellite created by AT&T. Remember Telstar? It was a satellite that went into orbit in July 1962. It was recorded with a keyboard instrument that had a unique electronic sound. The song was a huge hit and sold five million copies worldwide!

1962: “The Lion Sleeps” by The Tokens is a song written by Solomon Linda. In my opinion, it is one of those songs like no other. It sold 100,000 copies during the year 1940. It was remade in 1961 and became #1 in 1962.

1961: “Are You Lonesome To-night?,” is a song with music by Lou Handman. This song was first recorded in 1926. The words are so meaningful and in my opinion, perfect for Elvis. Some times during his act, Elvis would change the words to make them funny. It was a serious song, so you can imagine how funny it could be once Elvis sang his version of it.

1960: “Why” is a song of 1960. I remember hearing it recorded by Frankie Avalon as well as Donny Osmond. It’s a soft romantic type of song. Soon after, the Beatles invaded the U.S and songs starting changing.

People who are in the record collecting business are aware of many of these facts. In case you own this type of business and need a record cleaner system for cleaning, try to find top notch record washers for vinyl records. As you know, vinyls that appear closest to mint condition will obtain the most profit for you!

The SPIN-CLEAN Record Cleaner System has been in production in the U.S. since 1975. It’s considered the World’s best record washer! Google record washers Pittsburgh or Watch The Demo at http://www.spincleanrecordwasher.com/video-demo.html to see how it can improve your record collection of the 1980’s or any other decade!

What Are Your Records Worth?

If you have a very large collection of vinyl records, having your records appraised by a reputable dealer may be a good idea for you to do.  In most cases however, you can get a general idea of the value of your collection by some simple guidelines:  

How the records are graded depend on their rarity as well as their demand. Both are important. You definitely can obtain more money for those that are near mint condition which is better than those in very good condition.

The bottom line is though most records pre-1970′s are usually not in Mint condition. Collectors are thrilled, understandably when they happen upon one of those. They’ll pay top dollar in a heartbeat.

Always hold your record under a high wattage light to determine the grade. Below are the different grade categories:

  • MINT (M) Totally in perfect condition! Important: Two people must agree on its perfection.
  • NEAR MINT (NM OR M-) Do not have any defects you can see with the naked eye. They could have been played before, preferably on a high quality turntable. Their covers must be absolutely spotless without any creases, ring wear or seam splits.
  • VERY GOOD PLUS (VG ) or EXCELLENT (E) May be somewhat worn such as having light scuffs or very very light scratches which wouldn’t affect the listening quality, however. Very slight warps are acceptable, but only if they do not affect the sound quality. Only very little wear of the covers is acceptable.
  • Very Good (VG) Have more flaws that are visible. The original gloss is gone. Groove wear is quite noticeable along with light scratches. Surface noise can be heard usually when played. The covers usually show signs of handling along with creases and seam splitting.
  • Good (G), Good Plus (G ) or Very Good Minus (VG-) The record does not skip but it may have some noise and groove wear issues. The label itself may be worn. The cover may have ring wear and seam splits that is easy to see.
  • POOR (P) and Fair (F) These usually end up in the trash. Most are probably cracked and warped. They skip when played. Covers are usually damaged. They can be worth some money usually only if they are extremely rare.

Best ones of all are those albums that are sealed which are worth the most.

Here are a few suggestions to help preserve the value of your vinyl records:

  • store in a vertical standing position on a strong shelf
  • Don’t stack them horizontally, the weight can damage the discs and the covers
  • Don’t let them lean as it will cause warping, be sure to pack them close together
  • store in a moisture free area
  • store in an area they will not be exposed to heat
  • Don’t let your vinyl records be exposed to sunlight, this can cause warping
  • Don’t expose your vinyl records to cigarette smoke, this too can cause warping
  • handle your records by only touching the edge or center where the record label is
  • Avoid touching the grooves

The SPIN-CLEAN Record Cleaner System has been in production in the U.S. since 1975. It’s considered the World’s best record washer! Google, record washers Pittsburgh or watch the demo at http://www.spincleanrecordwasher.com/video-demo.html to see how it can improve your vinyl record collection.

Your Record Collection – How To Take Care Of Your Vinyl Records

Here are a few suggestions to help preserve the value of your vinyl records:

  • store in a vertical standing position on a strong shelf
  • Don’t stack them horizontally, the weight can damage the discs and the covers
  • Don’t let them lean as it will cause warping, be sure to pack them close together
  • store in a moisture free area
  • store in an area they will not be exposed to heat
  • Don’t let your vinyl records be exposed to sunlight, this can cause warping
  • Don’t expose your vinyl records to cigarette smoke, this too can cause warping
  • handle your records by only touching the edge or center where the record label is
  • Avoid touching the grooves

If collecting for the potential value of the records, the covers will also need to be in good condition. Keep your album covers in a plastic sleeve. If there is damage on the cover sometimes it can be repaired. It it is a glossy cover, you may be able to wipe off the stains. Covers that have matte finishes usually can not be salvaged. Be sure to save all of the inserts that may have come in the original album. You never know, you could be sitting on a fortune! There are collectors who frame their rare album covers as wall art.

Records that are maintained properly should need little cleaning. Records you have just purchased may also need cleaning, if the previous owner did not care for them properly. If your records have not been played for a long time, or have been subject to mold or mildew, you may need to clean them as well. The Spin Clean Record Washer System can handle all of your vinyl record cleaning needs. You can watch a demo of it in action.

What You Should Be Doing With Your Vinyl Records

Here are a few suggestions to help preserve the value of your vinyl records:

  • store in a vertical standing position on a strong shelf
  • Don’t stack them horizontally, the weight can damage the discs and the covers
  • Don’t let them lean as it will cause warping, be sure to pack them close together
  • store in a moisture free area
  • store in an area they will not be exposed to heat
  • Don’t let your vinyl records be exposed to sunlight, this can cause warping
  • Don’t expose your vinyl records to cigarette smoke, this too can cause warping
  • handle your records by only touching the edge or center where the record label is
  • Avoid touching the grooves

If collecting for the potential value of the records, the covers will also need to be in good condition. Keep your album covers in a plastic sleeve. If there is damage on the cover sometimes it can be repaired. It it is a glossy cover, you may be able to wipe off the stains. Covers that have matte finishes usually can not be salvaged. Be sure to save all of the inserts that may have come in the original album. You never know, you could be sitting on a fortune! There are collectors who frame their rare album covers as wall art.

Records that are maintained properly should need little cleaning. Records you have just purchased may also need cleaning, if the previous owner did not care for them properly. If your records have not been played for a long time, or have been subject to mold or mildew, you may need to clean them as well. The Spin Clean Record Washer System can handle all of your vinyl record cleaning needs. You can watch a demo of it in action.

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