I remember buying my first LP.
I haven’t a clue what possessed me, but it was The Best of The Beach Boys. I bought it in a record shop in Johnston’s Lane off Grafton Street.
On thing I remember well was the girl at the counter asking me if I wanted mono or stereo. I asked for the mono version as we didn’t have stereo at home. To this day, it remains the only mono record that I have.
Sometime in the early 70s, I bought my first real stereo outfit. It was at the time when 3 in 1s were coming out, but I went for separates. I got myself a complete Sansui outfit of a record deck, cassette deck, amplifier and speakers. Years later, I got a Sony tuner to go with it.
I still have the full outfit. Like myself, it is a little tired. The amplifier volume control has some dirt in it and crackles badly, and the bearings are gone in the cassette deck motor, but the speakers, tuner and record deck are fine. I haven’t used it in a couple of decades, and only sentimentality stopped me from leaving it in a ditch somewhere.
Lately, I have been wondering about digitising my record collection [leaving out The Beach Boys, of course].
There are various turntables on the market that would do the job for me, but they come at a price, and I would end up with another turntable that presumably would be redundant.
Yesterday, I bought myself a lead that connects phono to jack. That should work nicely, if I connect my old Sansui turntable output into a computer sound card. It only cost a couple of Euro.
I’m a little nervous about connecting up though, as I don’t want to blow the fuck out of my brand new laptop. I thought of using Herself’s machine for testing, but she urgently needs it for researching useless tat on eBay.
I think I’ll borrow a laptop off my neighbour.