Great post, Alan! Makes me think of the 1,000+ LP's I left behind on the Mexican border 20 years ago. I miss them only as period pieces, nothing more. I don't miss their acquired noises. I don't miss moving them in milk crates @ 40 lb. ea. (that's about 2 stone for Canadians). I had a Rega, Planar 3 with that cool 7 lb. glass platter.
And I miss fold-outs, die-cuts, 24 x 36" posters, 12 x 12" photo booklets, printed lyrics for which an electron microscope is not necessary, etc. It'd kill me to lay out twice as much for a new release on vinyl than it costs on CD. And I'm gonna miss them, too, when they go away.
Downloads are just not sexy.
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