Vinyl was down -- but don't count it out.Despite almost being beaten to death in the 80's by digital media (namely tapes, then CDs) -- and battered by the compressed music files revolution thanks to Apple's ( AAPL - Get Report) iPod, iTunes and iPhone, old-fashioned vinyl LPs are making a comeback. No, I don't expect everyone to put down their digital portables and strap a turntable to their backs -- but slowly, quietly, these old-fashioned, 12-inch disks have an all-new following. You can usually find "classic" albums for a few dollars at auctions or even for a buck or two at garage sales. And, there are some artists that are marketing their new albums for sale as LPs, CDs and downloads. For instance, Elvis Costello's new collection was released first on vinyl, then, two weeks later as downloads, then on CD. Turntable playback systems can cost a fortune. Not a small fortune -- a big fortune. You can spend well over $100,000 on an esoteric turntable (the large device that spins in a circle), tonearm (the long device that holds the cartridge) and cartridge (the little electrical generator that holds the diamond needle). But, I've been doing months of research and can now tell you how you can get back into vinyl for under a grand.
|A beautifully refurbished Dual 1219|
|Turntable master at work|