A frame-grab from the linked video, courtesy WMUR New Hampshire.
Photo on the record jacket, of course, by Anders Petersen.
To continue the OT discussion about turntables we've been sort of having lately*...a few fun facts.
Twelve million vinyl records (actually 11.92m) were sold in 2015, up from a low of 900,000 in 2006. Sales of vinyl records have increased in each of the past nine years. It's the only type of physical music carrier for which sales are growing. Vinyl accounts for 5% of music industry sales, and 45% of vinyl records are sold in independent record shops. The best-selling vinyl record of 2015 was Adele's "25," which sold 116,000 copies in vinyl, making it the best-selling vinyl record since Nielsen started "properly" tracking sales back in 1991, which was about nine years into the CD era.
Here's a nice video featuring Dave Archambault, a former teacher and school principal from New Hampshire who restores old AR and Thorens turntables for a living. His site is Vinyl Nirvana. Those of you who like "crafty" mechanical things (and maybe dream of doing them for a living) will enjoy this.
(Also a source: Forbes.com)
*Well, I've been having, and the rest of you have been patiently tolerating. Thanks for that.
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robert e: "Well, I, for one, find the conversation pretty interesting. FYI, Adele's album was released November 20th, which means it took about a month for it to break the record for annual sales (vinyl; since 1991). I'm not sure any new albums were being released on vinyl by 1991, but still, a sign of the times. In a similar vein, I was pleasantly surprised to see only 3 re-issues (plus one nostalgia soundtrack) on Nielsen's 2015 top 10 vinyl sales list, and they all happen to be the usual perennials, regardless of medium (Dark Side of the Moon, Kinda Blue, Abbey Road). I find it vaguely reassuring that most of the best selling vinyl is recent music."
Dave Kerr (partial comment): "I don't consider myself an audiophile, rather a musicophile."
Dave: "Silent vinyl: Buying records without a record player (BBC)"
Mike replies: I've heard that. I think that has to do directly, if only partly, with vinyl being an important visual medium. The 12-inch square was for a long time a canvas for photographers and artists, and it was missed as such when it went away. Off the top of my head I can think of two stone great photographers (Lee Friedlander and Jay Maisel) who made a lot of record covers early on.