According to the New York Craigslist Instrument section, I’d say about 90% of crappy late 90’s equipment was purchased by people who now live on Long Island. You need a Marshall Valvestate Half Stack? How about a Hartke Bass Combo? Some type of DSP Peavy amp? It’s all there, those are actual examples from the first CL instruments page. Long Island is such a weird place. It scares the hell out of me.
Say what you will about elitist Brooklyn hipsters, they do appreciate a quality instruments and amps. Vox AC15, Fender Bassman, Korg Monopoly…again, actual examples. Just wanted to show contrast. It’s obviously a swayed point of view, relax Vinny.
After several roadblocks, our record player is up and running at the new apartment. Before the advent of the CD, people had to be way more handy than they do these days. Have you ever replaced a turntable cartridge? You have to deal with color coded wires the width of a human hair, tiny little screws and washers which can easily get lost in the turntable mechanism (and did!) alignment protractors, all sorts of crap. No wonder we’re getting fat and lazy as a nation. I burned hundreds of calories setting this thing up. It does sound lovely though.
I can’t afford to be an Audiophile, but if you can, Park Avenue Audio is the way to go. They walked me through the cartridge replacement, and delayed my inevitable descent into a Woody Allen like Jewish Freakout.
The Grado cartridge (made in Park Slope!) installed probably sounds better than the broken one that was in there previously, but I really have no idea. I’m gonna say that the effect of vinyl is partially visual. Seeing a record spinning while you hear what’s coming out has to trick your brain into feeling something different than just seeing a status bar on your iPhone. Seeing what a performer looks like impacts how you perceive it…I’m going to bet Vinyl has a similar effect.
Two records were picked up in celebration; A reissue of Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings 100 Days 100 Nights just to prove both old and new releases have a place in my house. Yeah, that’s right, always gotta prove a point.
Apparently, Time Out Of Mind was not widely released on Vinyl. Can someone get on this shit? All I can see are a few import copies on ebay going in the multiple hundreds of dollars, and that’s just not kosher. Mule Vatiations is widely available though. There’s nothing I love more than a late career renaissance by an American eccentric.
That’s all for now, I hope you all enjoyed your Leap Day. I’m gonna go make some Kale Chips and cocktails.