Although the compact disk player is a huge favorite, especially among the young, the fact of that matter is that there is a huge market for vintage audio. People search for and buy vintage audio for many different reasons; many people are often in the market for this type of audio equipment because that is what they grew up with. Another reason some people might be out there buying vintage audio equipment, particularly record players and turntables is because they have a treasured record collection that they still like to play, of course with today’s more individual artists releasing new work on vinyl as well the market for vintage audio turntables grows every day.
Many rock songs etc have now been remastered and are available on cd but some people still prefer the ritual of removing the cover from a vinyl record, dusting it off, placing it on the turntable and lowering the needle onto the record. Quickly inserting a disk into a compact disk player does not afford anything like the physical and aesthetic satisfaction that some people gain choosing their favorite record and lowering it onto the turntable.
Personal cd players have largely replaced the Walkman personal tape recorders of twenty to twenty five years ago but the tapes themselves are still on sale in some stores that are now sell mostly DVDs and CDs. One of the reasons people still want to buy personal tape recorders is because they may have a tape collection that was put together from rock shows and radio shows and so is not available in any other format.
The principal reason that vintage audio equipment is so popular is that many people feel more of a connection to it than they do to the modern versions of this equipment. Records and vintage turntables involve a great deal of touch and much more involvement with the whole process and many people miss that level of involvement with their audio equipment.
A favorite vintage audio is the acoustic guitar. Guitar players say that the music you get from an acoustic has a more natural and musical quality than that drawn from an electric guitar. Dedicated guitar players prefer the feel of an acoustic guitar and are often attracted by the beauty of the wood and the tone that is affected by the way the bridge is cut. Some guitarists say they feel more in tune with a vintage guitar and prefer the extra finger and grid work that is needed to get the right sound and tone.
A lot of people visit flea markets in the hope of obtaining someone else’s discarded vintage audio. One of the problems with buying any type of equipment this way is that there is no guarantee if the equipment doesn’t work (a common occurrence) that the person will be in the same place at that particular flea market again in the near future – this makes buying in this manner a risky business. However, vintage audio fans will be happy to hear that there are reputable sites like RetroAudioFinder.com selling reconditioned vintage audio online, and this is a much safer way of buying your favorite vintage audio equipment.