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Vinyl that's music to our eyes

101 Essential Rock Records

Vinyl-loving hipsters (redundant!) looking for a healthy dose of self-fulfilled prophecy, take heed: 101 Essential Rock Records ($40) is the perfect opportunity to simultaneously read up on your favorite retro music format and eschew the mainstream e-book fad. Gracing 260 pages, this compendium’s 300 record cover illustrations chronicle the “Golden Age” of vinyl — that…

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American Beauty

VPI Traveler Turntable

The world of the audiophile isn’t normally for the light of wallet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t values to be had. VPI industries got its start 35 years ago as a record player component and accessories company, first making weights, then isolation bases and then record cleaning machines — all for incredible values. Inevitably,…

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Carried Away

Brixton x Fender Guitar & Record Case

Our friends over at Acquire brought this eye-catching “friendly union” between the Brixton clothing brand and legendary guitar maker fender to our attention. The vintage-inspired record ($89) and guitar case ($200) should strike a chord with any musician who remembers the days when changing the track meant moving the needle and computers lived in a…

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An Excellent Entry Level Turntable with Digital Music Fiends in Mind

Pro-Ject Debut III Phono USB Turntable

Vinyl has an interesting problem of image management. Depending on your exposure and background, people who listen to it are often stereotyped into one of three different categories. Whether it’s old timers who could never keep up to date with newfangled tech, audiophile snobs who can’t bear to live without the warmth of its sound,…

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Atocha Record Cabinet

A Cabinet Worthy Of Your Dad’s Vinyl Collection Sometimes there are moments in the past when you wish you thought a little harder about the decision you made. Say, for example, that weekend when your dad asked you to come by and help clean out the garage. And instead of throwing those three dusty crates…