I tried to offload my vinyl, I really did. I bought rigid cardboard sleeves, intending to sell them on eBay, I carted some of the worst offenders off to the charity shop and invited one of those classified ad vinyl vultures around to pick and choose from my neglected collection (he gave me £50 for an embarrassingly small number of lps I’d bought second hand, ignoring altogether any album I’d bought new – 80s vinyl quality eh!).
Somehow I clung on. And like the pathetic late adopter that I must be, I eventually felt the tug of purity and the desire to feel my music as deeply as I once had – would it ever be possible to recapture that quadraphonic Who’s Next experience or the first time I heard Harvest on vinyl?!. And so I bought a new turntable, a Project Debut II (“great sound” – What HiFi. And I’ve even bought a few new things, dare I say, one or two at Sainsbury’s.
But – and it’s a big but – so far I’ve been underwhelmed. The scratches – even on brand new 180g platters (Revolver I’m looking at you) are hard to ignore, the phono stage buzzes and the sound often sounds muddy and indistinct.
Where might I be going wrong? Is my entry level turntable letting me down (I’ve started making eyes at the Rega Planar 3)? Is my memory playing tricks on me? Or is this as good as it gets?