Dr. Perry Alexander

The University of Kansas

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Many of my friends know that I finally broke down and bought a turntable. I didn’t get the very nicest model out there, but I did get a solid model that was well-reviewed - the Rega RP-1. I have zero complaints with the turntable other than the outputs having wired in interconnects. That doesn’t bug me as I’m not that into cables. Zero noise, soild, simple device.

I have to admit the ritual of playing an album is kind of relaxing. Spin up the turntable, brush of the album, drop the needle, and listen. No remote, no skipping tracks, just listen. I like that. However, there is nothing more accurate or musically satisfying in the process. It is psychologically a fun, relaxing process most definitely. However, there is nothing more natural or otherwise more satisfying about the music itself.

My album purchases thus far have been new vinyl, all audiophile quality. I have huge issues with the albums purchased thus far. New vinyl should not have gashes in it. My brand new Sketches of Spain has a quarter inch gash in it that was there the first time I played it. Just bougth Earth Wind & Fire’s Grattitude this afternoon - once again high quality audiophile pressing. After three cleanings I finally got the chunks of gunk off of the first LP. Still working on the second. When I say cunks of gunk, I mean things that cause the record to skip badly that are qiuite visible and stuck to the vinyl. Again, right out of the sleeve the first time played. Wow. I don’t care how good your turntable is - if there are chunks of solidified goo on the surface of your album, playback is going to suck. I have 6 other albums that play a bit better than these, but all were flawed when I opened them. Etching groovs on Tupperware is simply not an improved process over what it was 20 years ago.