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VINYL IS MAKING A HISTORIC COMEBACK

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Any vinyl DJ can tell you how much of a pain taking records to a gig was. Hell I remember carrying Trevor Nelson’s records a few hundred feet from the loading bay to the DJ booth at a Student event at UWE in Bristol around 15 years ago. From that point on even I was convinced that my records needed to go, even my precious limited edition Café Del Mar – Energy 52 album. So will the vinyl DJ once again be back in vogue? I really don’t think so for several reasons. Depending on the genre of music and what you play there are several reasons I do not think vinyl will make a real come back.

Why DJ’s won’t return to Vinyl

The number of remixes available as MP3’s is so vast any other format pales in comparison. By returning to vinyl you would actually be restricting your choice and potentially alienating your fans. Vinyl is so heavy I cannot see any DJ’s thinking about the good old days of choosing a limited number of records for a set. A set restricted by the weight of the records and how many would fit into a few flight cases.

The type of music being released on vinyl appears to be more albums than singles. Vinyl music releases are also more focused on bands and soundtracks rather than dance, trance, techno or R & B. Vinyl albums have always had large album art due to their size. It is what made them collectors items in the first place and this I can see continuing in the future.

Using digital formats allows you to store many cue points on memory sticks which you are not able to do with vinyl records. The best you can do is use a sticker to mark a point on a vinyl record. These can of course fall off over time and you can only really have one because if there are more the record will stop when it hits the next sticker.

Conclusion

Could Vinyl make a DJ comeback? It is yet to be seen and I think it is purely wishful thinking to believe vinyl is making a historic comeback. With the advances in technology and the benefits it offers it is hard to see how vinyl could ever take back its position. It will however be interesting to see how this develops.

EnterTechnics have been the industry standard turntable for decades. Any vinyl DJ would expect to be playing on 1200’s when playing in a venue. I remember back when I was in school one of my friends had bought a pair of Technics 1210’s which were about £500 each. I was lucky enough to get to use them. At the time I could not afford my own and even when I bought my first pair of decks I could not afford Technics 1210’s which I do regret.

Not long ago the Technics line of turntables was discontinued. The SL-1200 MK6 was released back in 2007! It was only recently that they were resurrected to much fanfare but at an unbelievably high price.

The Price

The SL-1200G costs £2500 each and were targeted more to the home listener rather than the DJ. There was even a special edition for the 50th anniversary called the SL-1200GAE priced at £2700. This is an astounding amount to pay for a single turntable. Released in the summer of 2016 it is hard to see many being sold especially in pairs but some will undoubtedly have made it in to the hands of audiophiles.

The current entry level turntable costs £1200 and has the SL-1200GR label which would still be out of the price range of 99% of DJ’s. They are however absolutely stunning looking in both black and silver but that is not where the substance ends. Technics turntables are reliable and possibly the best sounding vinyl turntable you will find.

Whilst they are certainly marketed to music enthusiasts with large vinyl collections. Those listeners that have such an ear for music they can tell the difference in sound quality. These turntables are not just record players. They are a piece of music industry history with a decades long past of music technology perfection.

With high torque and direct drive motors added to the vibration damping materials the sound is astonishing and once again the envy of the industry.

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Hi, I'm Charles 

I have had a passion for music and DJing for over 20 years. Back when I was in school I would spend most of my time in our school theatre working behind the scenes on lighting and sound. Every so often we would have a music event where we got to play with some awesome club tech. One of my mates at school was a very good DJ and had just bought a pair of Technics SL-1210's. He showed me how to DJ and I have been hooked since but it was another two years before I got my first set of 'decks'. 

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