Collectible Records

Choose your Criteria carefully when buying collectible Records!

Anybody who has had a music loving granddad or father will surely have a number of collectible records at home. There is no more joy than to spend a lazy evening with a book in hand, a mug of coffee in the other with a wonderful collectible record playing in the background. From the biggest stars to their bestselling albums, collectible records are a wonderful way to spend time with music.

Collectible records are labeled so based on a number of different criteria. A record is considered to be a collectible item if it is rare or extremely old or even if the album or song went on to perform really well on the charts, breaking records on the way. To tell you the truth, all these are criteria that the industry sets for such labels. In fact, any record that holds value to you will become a collectible record.

In the collectible records hobby, only vinyl records are considered to be collectors' items as CDs are more technologically advanced and modern pieces of media.

The hobby of collecting collectible records has probably been around since the time records have been in existence. From the early days of 10-inch, double-sided discs of the early 20th century to the 7-inch records of the 1950's, all formats of this fascinating piece of musical equipment has been embedded in the history of mankind's love for music.

When starting your collection, think carefully about what criteria of selection will be your basis of creating the collection. If it's just old records you are looking for, then chances are that you will be overrun with options. However, it is always best to start somewhere specific, for example an era or decade or a particular style of music, amongst others. Many people like to collect based on the most obvious choice, the musicians, while others look for particular albums.

Once you pick your category, selecting records thereafter is a tedious process. Getting hold of collectible records isn't as easy as picking music from stores today. Very few stores, if any, in your city will probably have some collectible records in stock and in most cases, antique stores are the best place to look for them. However, if the records you are looking for are famous, then your chances of getting them are more.

Most rare and collectible records are usually owned by private owners or collectors who will be willing to part with them for the right money. Depending on the quality and condition of the record, along with the reason for it being "in-demand", determine the amount of money that the person would receive in exchange for the collectible record.

There are a number of pricing guides available today that can help you determine the costs of such collectible records.
Once you have the collectible records in possession, keeping them safely is extremely important. All vinyl records are extremely delicate and need to be handled with extreme care. The disc should always be handled from the outer edges and not touched in the middle. Never stack any records in a pile, even on the turntable.

Cleaning the discs is also an important part of storage and clarity in sound. Always use distilled or tap water for cleaning, only with a soft cloth. Storing these collectible records also requires attention to detail. While most records come with their own cases, it is always best to clean the cases regularly as well. High humidity or temperature can damage these discs and care should be taken to avoid either.

Collectible records are a major investment especially if you are seriously involved in the hobby. In most cases, you will end up spending a fortune to get a collectible record so make sure that you take care of them carefully and enjoy them for many more years to come.

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