The image you see here is a stock photo of the turntable I play my music on.  The VPI Scout is a top notch record player, and one of many available today, well into the 200os.  Who would have thought vinyl records would be a growing category in the music industry this far along?

Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph is alive and well today.  And in fact, the current pressings on vinyl are better than ever.  Surfaces are quieter, the pressings are heavier, and there's far less warp than in the 1960s or 1970s.  This kind of quality does come at a price, with the average new platter costing $20 to $30.  But for those of us who grew up with it, or those who have discovered the warm, natural, and very real sound of's worth it.

So if you've been thinking about dragging out those old vinyl records, or maybe reviving that old Technics or Pioneer turntable, there are three major websites for all things analog.   Need a new cartridge or stylus? These sites can take care of you.  Just click the links ahead to see the new world of vinyl recordings in 2012.  Go to or to   You can also get turntables, cartridges and needles at  And don't forget, we've got a local record store right here in Abilene called 'The Record Guys' just off South 7th and Leggett.  Used vinyl at $2 a disc and up.

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