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Do You Know How to Spot an Original Vinyl Record? Here Are 3 Helpful Tips! January 15, 2014

West Village, Manhattan
Do You Know How to Spot an Original Vinyl Record? Here Are 3 Helpful Tips!, Manhattan, New York

For vinyl record collectors, obtaining an original pressing is a crucial part of ensuring the album's value. While there is no universal truth when it comes to buying and selling used vinyl, understanding what makes an original pressing worth collecting is important. Academy Records features a wide selection of original pressings from a diverse number of genres and boasts an impressive selection of rare records for eager collectors.

Even the most experienced vinyl collector may have issues with identifying an original pressing. Here are a few tips from the experts at Academy Records:

  • Know What Format The Album Was Released: Music pirating is not a phenomena exclusive to the digital age. In the past bootlegs were common, so researching the original format of an album’s release will let you know if a vinyl is an original or a later reproduction.
  • What Year Did Was The Album Released: Knowing the year of release will tell you if the vinyl is an original pressing or a reissue. Because of the resurgence of vinyl, many popular albums have been repressed.
  • Know The Original Record Label: Record companies often granted permission to other record labels to press albums. This was often due to geography. A company based in the UK would grant the rights to a label in the United States. So although the year may be the same, the original label could be different.

Browse through an unbeatable selection of used records to find everything you need to complete your collection at Academy Records. Pick up new and used vinyl records, as well as CD’s, DVD’s, and cassette tapes. Stop by this East Village record store today! 

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