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Three Things You May Not Have Known About Vinyl Records September 25, 2013

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Three Things You May Not Have Known About Vinyl Records, Manhattan, New York

With the surge of vinyl records increasing, more and more music fans are looking to start or expand their collection. Academy Records is the perfect place to begin, offering the widest range of used and new vinyl records, and featuring an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, contemporary, indie, and classical albums.

The reemergence of vinyl records can be attributed to a number of causes, however many new collectors may not be aware of the rich history and evolution of this music media. Academy Records offers an insight into the past with these facts about vinyl records.

  • The origin of the vinyl record can be traced as early as the 19th century: In 1857 French scientist named Leon Scott developed the Phonautograph, which used a vibrating diaphragm to record sound waves on paper. Although only a visual analysis, it laid the ground work for what would become the gramophone.
  • The first commercially available LP was a failure: RCA Victor released the first readily available consumer LP in 1930, but the company’s timing was poor and The Great Depression made new technology, a luxury most could not afford.
  • The most expensive album ever sold: A rare record from the Velvet Underground sold for $25,000. The original disc, dated 1966, contained early versions of many of the songs that would later appear on the album The Velvet Underground & Nico.

To browse even more history, as well as newly released albums, check out Academy Records. Sell your used vinyl or expand your music collection with a vast array of CD’s and vinyl records. Pick up a rare press or a classic album today. 

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