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How many records/CDs

Discussion in 'music' started by Markus S, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. Simon Dawson

    Simon Dawson Angry, Ill & Ugly

    I probably spend something like 100 quid a week, this buys 10 to 20 LPs depending on the mix of new/old/rare stuff. Much more than that and I have trouble listening to them all at least once. We’ve got a reasonable S/H vinyl shop in town and a Fopp, these get most of my custom.

  2. TomF

    TomF pfm Member


    Is much of that a planned or whim purchase?

    Would love to devote so much to music buying/listening. Hope you enjoy all of them!
  3. Simon Dawson

    Simon Dawson Angry, Ill & Ugly

    Some planed, but mostly I grab anything that looks interesting. Most of the stuff I buy is 70s/80s indie and 50s/60s jazz along with more classic rock Neil Young, Led Zep etc (although I seem to have acquired a good Krautrock collection along the way– thanks Tony).
    In the last week or so I’ve got (all vinyl):
    Miles Davis “Round about midnight” – nice UK 6 eye
    Herbie Hancock “Maiden Voyage”
    Duke Ellington and John Coltrane – new Bluenote reissue
    Bob Mould “Workbook”
    Nova Mob “Last Days of Pompeii”
    The Coral “Magic and Medicine”
    Rage Against the Machine “RATM”
    The Pop Group “Y”
    Mazzy Star “Fade into you” EP
    Joni Mitchell “Ladies of the Canyon”
    Black Crows “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion”
    Joy Division “J.D. Warsaw”
    Bleach “Snag”
    Plus a couple of others I can’t remember

    This is nothing compared to the big hitters round here.

  4. space cadet

    space cadet dronefed and floating

    I can never get enough records, I love buying music, especially mail order. Waiting for a bunch of records, not quite knowing what the're going to look or sound like is all part of the joy of music. I will nearly always sell a valuable if I can get the same music cheaper elsewhere though. Prime example is Stereolab, whose early singles I sold for a small fortune and bought back on single compilation cds. I just ask myself if I would pay that much for it, if the answer is no, the record can go!
    I can't be bothered to count them all, but they measure up to appr.
    3m of 7"
    4m of 12"/10"
    7m of cds

    It helped marrying a record collecting woman! My wife used to have Creation 1-100 some which I bought off her before we met up and I moved over to the UK...
  5. Ron The Mon

    Ron The Mon Location: Detroit

    Space Cadet's got it right, you should be able to measure your collection by the meter!

    I personally think the answer to the original question is that your collection should always be growing/expanding. If someone has 2000 albums, but hasn't bought any in 5 years, then I'd say something's wrong. Someone else may have 500 records yet actively buy one a week. I'd say the latter is a bigger music fan.

    To me, any music fan is consistantly buying music.

    This is only true if you have your records properly insured! About ten years back, a friend of mine had his entire record collection destroyed. His sister was over doing laundry when she "accidently" left an item of clothing in the tub and all the water from the washing machine overflowed on his entire collection in the next room. It wasn't discovered until the next day and every record and jacket were ruined.

    Fortunately, his insurance company reimbursed him for all the records at face value. However, he had many albums worth far more to collectors. Unfortunately, the many albums purchased as an investment were worthless.

    Learning from that experience, I contacted my insurance agent and found that people who have record collections (or any collection for that matter) are subject to waivers. It doesn't cost any more on my policy, but I had to document every record I have of value. It took me several hours writing down the items of most value. My agent also suggested video-taping my collection as well as my entire belongings.

    The biggest problem with verifing that you have music of high value is that most is bought second hand and there is little in the way of receipts.

    I also now keep my collection in different parts of the home, so in case of a roof leak, fire, etc., only part of the collection is destroyed. Even though I know I'd be reimbursed by my insurance company, I'd be devastated emotionally if everything was lost in one shot.

    Ron The Mon
  6. domfjbrown

    domfjbrown pfm Member

    That's a good point - I have 40k of cover in a rented flat to cover ~12k of high risk stuff - the hifi is exempt from this as each item is under £1500 (I'm skint!) but the records - man oh man, I hate my sister enough to (almost literally) kill her as it is - if she even LOOKED at one of my records wrong - god - that's a nightmare story man - I had a nightmare once where all my flat got nicked - I literally woke up in a puddle of sweat - very very scary dream (I know that's sad to admit, but I would probably have a breakdown if I lost all my music - it's the only thing that keeps me (in)sane)....
  7. joolsburger

    joolsburger pfm Member

    I have about 10 feet of vinyl almost all albums bar about 200 house records from 88-89.

    I have no idea how many that is but it's seems alot.. I am buying about 4-5 a month currently although four are normally older jazz and funk records.
    I also do a montly trip to few local charity shops to build my classical collection up I just buy them on labels really, Decca, Phillips and the like and at a quid or so each no worries if they are not great.

    I think a limit is not practical, I really like finding old tunes I forgot I had, dug out a copy of "Visit Venus - music for space tourism" on Sunday and had an excellent mellow hour or so....
  8. Klaatu

    Klaatu Member

    I was converted to music from Cycling - (cue for Kraftwerk) after being taken to my first ever live gig - The Groundhogs at Croydon Greyhound - must have been 1970. Since then music has been hugely important to me and buying and collecting records/cd's an experience I treasure.

    Like most long term collectors (I suspect) we have all fallen on hard times at some point or another and the thirst for new music has required a trade-in of albums that, although loved once, had temporarily lost their appeal given the need to satisfy the appetite for new stuff. Gone therefore are all my original Led Zep, Purple, Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Genesis vinyl, which were traded for mid 70's jazz fusion that I got into for a while. Still love anything by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, though - and Miles is still the king).

    Even worse, but what I wanted at the time, was trading my collection of nearly 200 punk and new wave singles for the complete collection of Mozart piano concertos on CD. Should never have done that - I could still buy the Mozart for less money but there's no way to replace the singles for less that a kings ransom.

    My collection is now pretty huge - I know exactly how many I've got because every one is catalogued - I listen to music seriously for at least 2/3 hours a day, and have the CD player on in the background whilst working. When listening on my own, I generally play more recent releases just to hear them, but I love it when mates come round and we reminisce about albums of old that we love and it's great just to go to the rack, pull out the disk and play it.

    There are many albums I have which don't get played often now, but would I sell any - no way.

    Because I'm a sad bugger who keeps a record of all my purchases, I know that I have bought 55 full price albums since 1st June. More money than sense - possibly, but I am an addict and I can't help it.

    Happy collecting everyone.

    BTW - anybody know the value of a Bob Marley Limited Edition vinyl box set of all his albums, except Babylon by Bus, released in the mid 80's? It's in a burgundy coloured box and each album is individually enclosed in a gold sleeve with a black and white photo of Bob.
  9. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    I don't count them up, but it is well past 10,000 items, growing by c. 200 per month on average, sometimes more.

    [See Naim forum->music room -> What is the last album you bought]

    A lot of Non-Pink fish / naim people don't seem to realise that you can still buy most new release non classical & jazz on vinyl, and that with a bit of effort nearly anything can be tracked down.

    I have always been interested in the new styles of music, being a neophile, and am interested to see the fusion of styles throwing up new areas like electroclash and the next new thing, glam rock / techno interface.

    I am addicted to collecting, but do play the music all the time as well.


    OTD - Jurgen Paape - Ballroom Blitz
  10. Mick Seymour

    Mick Seymour Member

    Ah shit I can't see the screen for laughter. I'll get a bear and come back.

  11. Mick Seymour

    Mick Seymour Member

    That's better. I've recovered. The image of standing on a pig to reach a high shelf gave me the fits. Hence the need for a BEER.

    I have roughly 300 LPs, 100 CDs, and 100 minidisks recorded from the same number of cassettes which are in the garage to save space. I'll admit it's small in comparison with some, but I could not possibly imagine living without them.

    It is my history and a pleasure. I love music.

    My first album was Fill Your Head With Rock. During my teens and early twenties I bought loads of LPs but slowed down dramatically with marriage, children, mortgage etc.

    Now, I buy albums when I see them but don't go shopping nearly enough. Mainly it's albums I didn't buy when I was younger from the same period, the 70's. CDs were only bought in the first place because I couldn't get LPs any more. Now, I won't by a CD if I can possibly get the LP.

    In answer to the question, you can't have too many.

  12. Mick Seymour

    Mick Seymour Member

    After reading and responding to this last week, I decided to go shopping at the weekend, armed with £25. I bought 7 more LPs, 6 of which would only have cost £1 each except David's Records in Letchworth is doing a 3 for 2 on second hand albums this month so they cost £4 total. All in great condition, only needing a clean and new inner sleeves.

    The 7th was a new album: The White Stripes - Elephant. I had a choice of the UK release or the import on coloured vinyl (one LP white, the other, red). I figured if the coloured vinyl sounded bad I could give it to my 10 year old who introduced me to the album on CD a couple of months ago. Actually, there's no more noise on it than a lot of '70s pressings so I can live with it. In addition, it's a very high level cut; which it can be with an average of 3 tracks on each side, so you can't hear the surface whilst the music is playing.

    So now, roughly 307 LPs.

  13. dozy

    dozy Air Guitar Member

    About 700 lps and 700 cds. Mixture of old fart music and dancy trancy stuff.
  14. Mekon

    Mekon Anti-socialite

    About 500 silver discs and 300 black ones. About 10 years ago I lost a whole load of the black ones to my sister and her friends when I made the mistake of storing them at my mum's place. It's still something we can't really talk about.
  15. Mick Seymour

    Mick Seymour Member

    Have you tried blackmail? You know the sort of thing. "When you were little you used to ... and I'll tell if I don't get my albums back."
  16. Eric L

    Eric L pfm Member

    In my case it was my mother -- although it was about 25 years ago and she objected to the content. I guess I should thank her for giving me something to rebel against :) .

    I've about 20 linear feet of LPs and close to 1000 cds. Like others here I've tended to regret selling things in the past and as a result have become more of a packrat with respect to music.

    Although I love my collection, parts of it have gotten pretty out-of-whack with my current listening. For instance, I have a good 40 Beethoven titles, and many of these are themselves big sets (of complete concerti, e.g.). Yet anymore I don't listen to B. more than maybe once/twice a year.

    Still buy maybe 20 titles a month, mostly LP, about half used.
  17. Mekon

    Mekon Anti-socialite

    If only.

    She stole a load of them, left them with a bunch of with her traveller type mates, who then added them to the boxes of records they used for deejaying. Took me a couple of month of constant hassle to get any of them back. When I finally got some back, they were so damaged as to be unplayable. Loads of +8, Warp, Novamute, Tresor, etc.

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