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Local vinyl record collectors with a passion for this hobby


Fourth Annual Vinyl Sale and Record Swap Set for Vankleek Hill on September 10

“Vinyl never really went away,” insists avid record collector Rob Carr. Photo submitted

Local vinyl lovers will have the chance to add to their collections – and pass on some of their extras – when Beau’s Brewery presents the fourth annual Vankleek Hill Vinyl Sale and Swap at the Windsor Tavern on September 10th.

Organizers hope local collectors will show up with their duplicates and other items to trade at the swap. It’s also a great way for enthusiasts to meet and talk about a hobby that’s growing in popularity by leaps and bounds every year – nearly 30 years after vinyl records were left to die.

“Vinyl has never really gone away,” insists Rob Carr, who is organizing the event, with sponsorship from local brewery Beau’s.

Carr went from being a normal audiophile to avid vinyl collector in the early 1990s, when he lived near Finnegan’s Market in Hudson, Quebec. There he discovered a virtual treasure trove of old vinyl records sold as a result of the growing popularity of compact discs (CDs).

“I would go to the flea market on Saturday mornings and there would be one or two guys selling records,” Carr recalls. “At that time they were a dollar apiece and they were in amazing shape.”

“I started bringing home between 20 and 40 vinyl records every Saturday.”

As her enthusiasm for collecting vinyl grew, Carr continued to expand her space for the hobby. The Vankleek Hill resident now owns over 4,000 albums – a number he says is quite reasonable for avid vinyl collectors.

“It’s not really much – I know people who are a lot crazier than me,” laughs Carr. “I know a guy in Hudson who has over 15,000.”

The value of vinyl albums can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including rarity, condition, and featured artist. Some albums are worth next to nothing, while others can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. The most popular are vintage rock albums, which are collected not only by those who listened to the music when it was first released, but also by younger generations who have developed a love for classic rock.

“Young kids got into collecting and they love our classic rock,” says Carr. “All the standard stuff, like Led Zepplin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, won’t sit on a shelf for a second – here we go.”

“All these young people are buying this stuff like crazy.”

The popularity of classic rock records among young people is a bit of an annoyance to the older generation, Carr says, but he’s learned to accept the bad with the good.

“Because young people are so into it, they’ve jacked up prices and driven some of us out of the market. But we’re glad the demand is there, because it continues the love of vinyl.

The biggest surprise for the enthusiastic collector is the popularity of vintage punk records.

“Never in my life would I have thought punk records were worth anything, but now they’re among the most expensive because they’ve been produced in such small quantities.”

Condition is also very important when it comes to value, although for novice collectors and those less picky, condition is not as critical.

“I have quite a few records that aren’t necessarily in great condition, but if I got them for 50 cents or a dollar, I didn’t care,” enthuses Carr. “But if they’re not in good condition, a real collector won’t want them.”

Vinyl exchanges like the one in Vankleek Hill on September 10 are a great place to meet other vinyl collectors. Photo submitted

Vinyl exchanges are a great place to meet other vinyl collectors and provide a great opportunity to find records in excellent condition that might be of a genre that one collector prefers over another.

“You can take 10 rabid record collectors, put them together in the same room, and they have nothing in common when it comes to musical tastes,” Carr notes. “Someone may be a metal fan, another likes folk rock or jazz. There are plenty of trading opportunities. »

For vinyl lovers, digital music on a computer or compact disc will never replace vinyl, which Carr says offers much better sound quality.

“We don’t like digital, because digital isn’t real,” he explains. “Analog is the only way to reproduce the waveform correctly.”

The vinyl sale and swap meet at the Windsor Tavern on Sept. 10 will run from noon to 4 p.m. and Carr says he and many other local collectors can’t wait.

“For us vinyl people, the pursuit is almost more exciting than the discovery. You can’t resist – you see a box of 100 discs and you have to go through them, even though you think there’s nothing in there.

Rob Carr’s vinyl record collection has over 4,000 albums. Photo submitted