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    Dedicated to the culture, business and interests of the indie artist. EVJ delivers controversial points of view, hard-news commentary, Industry Insites, artistic prose and photography and welcomes responses (pro or con), feedback and topic suggestions from readers. If you would like to submit an opinionated article, inspired poem, photo or essay to EVJ, forward all copy to Editor ESJ and put To the Editor in the subject field.



    Where To Find That Collectible Vinyl Record
    By Fadi Ayat

    Just how rare are collectible vinyl records? They are rare enough that it would take active collectors two to five weeks to find you that rare. But collectible records are also not rare enough to be put on endangered species list.

    And if you are keen on getting a copy of a collectible vinyl record, there are actually many websites whose fulltime business is to find very rare music and sell them to the requesting customer. Some online record stores claim to have in their stock over 2 million records that are either out of print, are rare, or are simply collectible. But of course this is something need you need to find out for yourself. As with anything else, if you are looking at hooking up with an online record store to find that rare album, go for the stores that have built a brand with people who are considered experts in the field of collectible vinyl albums and music.

    Many of these online record stores offer a wide range of music collection, from the 1950's to the 1980, across different music genres including jazz, blues, rock n' roll, and even doo-wop. These have been typically sourced from radio stations and media consultants, garage sales and flea markets, and private collections. The Internet has only increased the number of sources from which to find those collectibles. The price range for collectible vinyl records really depends on the appraisal of a certified music expert. You need not search far and wide just to come in contact with these music experts - they would normally have a presence on the Internet.

    Vinyl records first became popular in the 1880s after Thomas Edison invented the first phonograph in 1877, and Emile Berliner began marketing disc records for recording in 1888 under the label Berliner Gramophone. They continued to be popular throughout 20th century, with their popularity peaked from the 1950's to the 1980s, when radio stations used them to play music over the airwaves. The popularity of compact discs and the digitization of music into mp3s and other formats sapped away their popularity. However were still being produced in 2007, albeit on a much lesser scale than it used to.

    Vinyl records are easily scratched and can gather hard-to-remove dust if they are not properly cared for. They can also get warped when the packaging it too tight. All these factors can greatly diminish their value.

    What You Can Do With Wholesale Vinyl Records
    By Fadi Ayat

    If you are an aspiring band, you might want to try recording your music on a wholesale vinyl record or LP. You might say Whoa, but the fact is, with the upsurge in popularity of vintage vinyl records, it is not surprising that major music chains like Tower Records are beginning to re-stock LPs at many of their stores. Especially in the United States, vinyl records are no longer just in the realm of private collectors and independent music stores.

    Of course, if your songs are already landing on Top of the Pops or on the Billboard Top 10, you can just stick to the CD. But for up and comers, vinyl records present a very viable and profitable option for recording your music, especially if you go for wholesale vinyl record. There is some decent money to be made from selling wholesale vinyl record, especially if you're the recording artist. If you have 1,000 copies of a 7" single, you can get $1.50 to $2 from a wholesale distributor. If you recorded on a 12" LP, you can get $3 - $6 for each LP. If you are diligent and you sell every LP or single in your stock, you can get up to $2,000 for your 7" or $6,000 for the LP. Retail prices for 7"s are currently from $3 to $4, while LPs sell for $6 to $11 each. Do some math and you will find that you can rake in as much as $4,000 for 1,000 7"s if you sell them retail, and $11,000 on your LPs if you sell them at the same level as your 7"s.

    The cost of recording your music on a vinyl record will depend on the quantity. Wholesale vinyl records are cheaper. On one website that offers recording services on vinyl format, printing 100 7"s will cost you $410 for a finished product or $4.10 per unit. Whereas if you print 1,000 7"s, it will cost you a total of $735 or $.74 each unit. If you print 100 LPs, it will cost you $774 or $7.74 each unit, while recording 1,000 LPs will cost you $1754 or around $1.76 each unit.

    There is a huge difference in the price per unit when you print at different quantities because for wholesale vinyl records, certain charges like charges for press setup and test pressing are waived. Charges for lacquer mastering and plating stay the same regardless of the quantity.

    LPs have one major distinct advantage that makes it ideal for up and coming artists. It is very difficult to pirate music recorded on vinyl.





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