Vinyl records have been surging back into popularity. Among the variety of stores in New York City, no other record store compares to Academy Records in the East Village. Offering an eclectic mix of everything from classic rock to jazz, funk, and indie, Academy has everything to cater to both the experienced and new collector.
With vinyl record collecting experiencing a resurgence, many who wish to start this hobby are unsure of where to begin.
Here are few helpful tips to get you started and ensure that your collection continues to grow:
Start With Used Records. There is no better way to build a solid base of favorite albums than buying used from Academy. You can acquire a solid start with a wide variety of artists and genres for the fraction of the cost of a CD or electronic MP3 album. But be sure to inspect the quality of these albums before you purchase them.
Use A Decent Turntable. With the vinyl resurgence only gaining momentum, many companies are manufacturing knock off and low quality turntables. Additionally many may desire nostalgia rather than performance, which can be poor in performance. You don’t need to spend thousands for the proper turntable; anything with a tone arm and adjustable tracking weight will do fine.
Don’t Skimp On The Stylus. If you do have an old record player you are renovating, it may be tempting to buy the cheapest stylus needle. But that option is cheap for a reason, as it will wear down its point, and the grooves of your record, very quickly. Invest wisely in a sharp micro line stylus, especially if you wish to maintain the quality of your records.
No matter how obscure, esoteric, or popular your music taste may be, Academy Records has it all, and they even expect trade-ins! Browse an unparalleled library of used and new vinyl records and build your collection at Academy Records.