People like to collect rare vinyl records for many reasons, including purchasing them for personal reasons and seeing them as a valuable investment of money. For those who are looking to start collecting these kinds of items however, it can be difficult to know how to pick out a quality item and whether or not it will be worth the money.
The first thing to look for is the condition of the disc itself, as this will affect the value of the item. If you are investing in a collector’s item, this will affect the usability of the record, and your enjoyment of it if you are simply looking to add a favorite record to your collection.
It is important to examine the record from various angles, as a dull surface will show that an item is well used. A shinier appearance is likely to indicate that the rare vinyl records you are looking at and thinking of buying have not been used so extensively, which can indicate a better investment of your money.
It is equally important to look for scratches on the record itself, as this will not only affect the value of the item but also its playability. It is the deep scratches that one should be most aware of, as these will significantly affect the sound quality the most.
A tip is to run your finger over the scratches, seeing if you can feel them in a major way. If so, chances are that these scratches are likely to affect the sound when you play your vinyl. If the scratches are unnoticeable when you pass your fingertip over them, you may consider them of less significance than deeper scratches.
The next thing to consider is the condition of the jacket of the vinyl record, as this can affect the value of your purchase too. Although not as important as the quality of the actual record itself, the condition of the sleeve should definitely be kept in mind.
You will need to see if the cover is torn, faded, has rings or marks on or has any other damage. If you are buying a record online and there is no image of the sleeve, ask the seller to send you detailed photos for your reference. This will help you make a decision on whether to buy or not depending on the condition of the jacket.
Another thing to bear in mind is how much the record you are buying is worth. This is important whether you are buying rare vinyl records for your own use or whether you want to invest in them for collection purposes and what the increase in value will be.
Obviously, you are likely to want to buy the item at the best price possible, and some rare records can actually be very costly, so this is of fundamental importance. For this reason, make sure that you check with dealers both online and offline to seek out the record that you are searching for. If you find several items, you will be far better positioned to understand the going price for that item.
If you find something that you like yet it is at a price higher that you want to pay, remember that with these types of collector’s items the price is often negotiable. If you are buying from an online or offline seller, see if you can get them to match the price of an item that you have seen elsewhere, or point out any flaws that you believe honestly affect value.
Another tip is to go to a record store that has a cafe attached. That way you can combine the shopping trip with a coffee break. This only really applies to those who do not have a coffee machine in the office.
These are just a few tips for investing in rare vinyl records. Whether you intend to listen to these records yourself while relaxing in your new hanging pod while recording in the studio or simply keep them for resale, following these pieces of advice can help you find a great deal on a fantastic vintage record.