Quick start guide to buying vinyl

There are lots of people out there that would love to get into vinyl but find the equipment and culture a bit intimidating. Others listen through their old family vinyl collection, and then when they're done, don't know what to do next.

There's a lot of ways to get into buying vinyl, and once you get started it can be very addictive. The funnest way to start collecting is to look up local record stores in your area. You'll be surprised how many there are tucked away here and there. Go in and start flipping through albums - discount bins are a great place to get your footing, and it can be pretty exciting when you come upon a great find for $1. Some of them might be pretty grimy, so consider one of our Spin Clean Record Washers to get the best performance.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Record store staff can often be some of the nicest people around, usually have great taste and are happy to help or just have a chat. If you're spoiled for choice, they can usually make good recommendations.

If you prefer to shop online, trawling through eBay or places like Gumtree can prove very valuable. People often (regrettably) get rid of their entire collection, and they usually aren't asking for much. You can often find some sweet deals and great records this way.

If you know what you're looking for but it's a bit hard to find, Discogs is a great online vinyl marketplace. You might spend a little more, but you can usually be assured of quality, and some of the albums listed there are very hard to come by.

So now it's time to get searching! You'll be surprised what you can find and very pleased with the results. If you need to set yourself up with a hi-fi system to enjoy your new finds, our Juke Box turntable with an inbuilt amp paired with our Speaker Box 4 or Speaker Box 5 speakers would be perfect.

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