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  • formigo
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    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (theeman @ 12 July 2003,19:08)]
    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (formigo @ 12 July 2003,05:20)]I only found things of pretty marginal interest (e.g. that '82 Janet Jackson LP e-man recommended - but I think it's going to take a while for me to acquire an ear for "that sort of thing"...)
    ha ha ha, yeah, not many people are feeling this stuff right now... give it time and you will!
    Indeed, as exemplified in my recent confession re:"80s shite", prolonged or intense exposure to a genre of music will usually mentally equip you to appreciate it. Or alternatively, loathe it forever.

    Actually, I was thinking I would probably really rate that Janet LP if it felt a little more "electro", i.e. a few more funny noises and stuff. So probably I am not far away from liking it.

    Which is pretty much the mechanism by which commercial radio sells records, by thrashing singles until the auditory cortex grows new connections into the part of your brain that prevents you spending money on dumb music and throttles the hell out of it.

    In other news, the other day I heard a New Edition song that I rather liked (although it was a shameless rip-off of J5 "I Want You Back&quot.

    So be careful what you let past your ears guys.

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  • theeman
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    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (formigo @ 12 July 2003,05:20)]I only found things of pretty marginal interest (e.g. that '82 Janet Jackson LP e-man recommended - but I think it's going to take a while for me to acquire an ear for "that sort of thing"...)
    ha ha ha, yeah, not many people are feeling this stuff right now... give it time and you will!

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  • formigo
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    Bastard!

    I made it out there today... and your depredations would explain why I only found things of pretty marginal interest (e.g. that '82 Janet Jackson LP e-man recommended - but I think it's going to take a while for me to acquire an ear for "that sort of thing"...)

    Oh and I got a spare Lighthouse "One Fine Morning" if anyone wants it.

    Some strange prices too... they wanted to charge me $8 for "Excercise with Lionel Blair", and unfortunately my love of stupid records doesn't extend to such a princely sum.



    And $10 for Jon Mikl Thor!

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  • rolex baxter
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    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (formigo @ 11 July 2003,06:07)]On the other hand there is nowhere else left in Auckland unless you hit dubious spots out in the 'burbs where you'd be lucky to find a copy of Grace Jones "Island Life" - actually I recently discovered one in New Lynn but the '82 Toyota "Booty" Chaser is busted all to fruck so's I haven't had a chance to hit it properly yet... though preliminary investigations revealed lots of really shitty rock music.
    err yeah, I've been through there .. did quite well (for AK) serge gainsbourg 45s, lalo's 'Jaws' 45, Booker T NZ pressings, chakakas 'jungle fever' etc etc

    sorry!

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  • formigo
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    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (rolex baxter @ 10 July 2003,08:27)]hmmm, success rates ... I don't really rate a lot of my local stores. With the one which is decent, there is always something to get .. often 'success' comes after a 'realisation' about an artist or an album, be it Eddie Henderson or Booker T so I need to re-rummage the jazz bins or whatever.. (possibly after a browse through Motowns reviews )

    the best diggin for me is typically when I hit up places in other cities, like Real Groovy in Formigo's neck of the woods or some unknown barber/antique shop - for some odd reason people in those places often 'overlook' things that I'd snatch up in an instant, be it a Weldon Irvine piece or a Mike Zoot 12"  nahmean?
    Rekkids is mad slept on at Real Groovy. I fished my Wild Magnolias outta the "World" section (it's got an Indian on the front right?) - in fact they have even blown up the cover image and used it as part of the thematic decorations for the world section.

    On the other hand there is nowhere else left in Auckland unless you hit dubious spots out in the 'burbs where you'd be lucky to find a copy of Grace Jones "Island Life" - actually I recently discovered one in New Lynn but the '82 Toyota "Booty" Chaser is busted all to fruck so's I haven't had a chance to hit it properly yet... though preliminary investigations revealed lots of really shitty rock music.

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  • rolex baxter
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    hmmm, success rates ... I don't really rate a lot of my local stores. With the one which is decent, there is always something to get .. often 'success' comes after a 'realisation' about an artist or an album, be it Eddie Henderson or Booker T so I need to re-rummage the jazz bins or whatever.. (possibly after a browse through Motowns reviews )

    the best diggin for me is typically when I hit up places in other cities, like Real Groovy in Formigo's neck of the woods or some unknown barber/antique shop - for some odd reason people in those places often 'overlook' things that I'd snatch up in an instant, be it a Weldon Irvine piece or a Mike Zoot 12" nahmean?

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  • Motown67
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    I usually buy a lot of vinyl each month either in stores, flea markets or eBay and it's a bitch for me to get through. I have a big stack of records from January that I STILL have not listened to yet! In fact, I think I have at least 50 LPs + on my floor that need to be listened to.

    That being said, I listen to all of my records from beginning to end. Not only that but I'm in the process of re-listening to all of my records from A-Z which I started last year. I also write reviews of everything so I'm actually paying attention (or at least trying&#33. (Shameless plug: You can read my reviews in the reviews section at Soulstrut).

    As for how successful I am when digging, I try to hit stores 1-2 times a week. Ebay goes through ups and downs. Sometimes I'm looking all day all the time, other times it might be just once a week. Stores are up and down. Sometimes I'm finding at least one record a week, othertimes I've gone through a whole month without finding anything. I don't go through the whole stores, just the "New" bins. When the stores aren't working I usually turn to eBay even more than usual.

    I have a Soundburger which helps immensely. At least that's what I try to tell myself. Actually after I got one a couple years ago, my buying went up exponentially because all of these records that I would just pass on because I wasn't sure what they sounded like I now pull and give a short spin. This means that I sometimes end up pulling a LOT of stuff just because of a cover, producer, one track, etc. It's also getting harder for me to find records because my collection is pretty big now so I've got most of the common stuff that you see in your average store.

    Whew. That had to be my longest VV post yet.

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  • urko
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    There is so much competiton at booters in this neck of the woods [mainly e-bayers rather than diggers], checking stuff with a portable is too much of a lengthy option. Waste too much time at one spot and the rest is fleeced

    TaTa

    Urko

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  • handcorkscrew
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    I hear ya... things sound different in the UK vs. here in the US. People here usually don't care if you use a portable. One or two store owners will flip out on you if you even ask, but most are cool as long as you don't that harlem river drive down off the wall to spin. I guess it's kinda cheeky to spin records at the thrifts, but really, all you're going to get are a few stares.

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  • theeman
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    and i have had one example at a really shite flea market where one seller went ballistic when i played his (absolutely trashed) 45s without asking his permission first! they weren't even good enough to melt into ashtrays so i didn't see the need to ask first, jeez!

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  • theeman
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    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (Matt Hero @ 08 July 2003,17:16)]This is for me the real problem with where to actually use a portable.

    Like LBG, I'd think it is a bit of a cheek to use one at the charity shop (unless we're back in the world of Oxfam's £10 LPs - but let's not go there again eh) - especially when we're talking 50p either way.

    At the boot sales, where it would be very useful, I'm always in mind that wandering around with a portable, especially where prices are 'variable', that it will almost always drive the price up if I look like I'm a bit seriously interested. I've spent a while working on my 'poker face' for such situations.... hauling out a GP-3 would only serve to make sure that the eventual price would be trebled.

    Second hand shops, where the owners are not utter Nazis (a rariety I know) would seem to be the only place to use them.... unless you are able to find fabled warehouses *full* of gear, where I'm sure that they would be invaluable.
    couldn't agree more Matt. i never take the GP3 to a charity shop, but don't find much of interest there anyway down here in London.

    boot sales - yes, i use it quite a lot. it's invaluable for really big crates or boxes, particularly 45s, when you don't want to end up lugging a stack around or dropping 10 quid on 100 7"s. there's definitely a rule of thumb to abide by though - i always keep the portable in the record bag well hidden, and always ask what the price of the records is before looking through them. after pulling out what i want to hear (and knowing the price) only then does the portable come out, usually to the amusement of the seller!

    haven't ever takjen it to a 2nd hand shop - basically i won't shop in places where you can't listen to stuff or where they're not prepared to play it for you, so there's never a need.

    however it has been brilliant on several warehouse-style digs... as several Heros can attest!

    this GP3's been hammered for a couple of years and it's still on the first set of batteries. it's pretty robust too - it's taken a lot of knocks without complaining. but if anyone wants rid of a soundburger...

    last sunday one of the sellers at the local booter saw the gp3 and mentioned that some guy had been round about 1/2hr before with a long, thin record player where the record stuck out the side.... grrrrrr!!!

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  • Matt Hero
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    This is for me the real problem with where to actually use a portable.

    Like LBG, I'd think it is a bit of a cheek to use one at the charity shop (unless we're back in the world of Oxfam's £10 LPs - but let's not go there again eh) - especially when we're talking 50p either way.

    At the boot sales, where it would be very useful, I'm always in mind that wandering around with a portable, especially where prices are 'variable', that it will almost always drive the price up if I look like I'm a bit seriously interested. I've spent a while working on my 'poker face' for such situations.... hauling out a GP-3 would only serve to make sure that the eventual price would be trebled.

    Second hand shops, where the owners are not utter Nazis (a rariety I know) would seem to be the only place to use them.... unless you are able to find fabled warehouses *full* of gear, where I'm sure that they would be invaluable.

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  • ladyboygrimsby
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    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (handcorkscrew @ 08 July 2003,16:21)]Don't you have portables in the UK?  Sure it bills you automatically as an obsessive collector, but it saves you the trouble and cost of lugging home a bunch of garbage.
    Firstly, I don't have a portable, though I keep reminding my wife that it would make a fantastic present. However, I think if you're digging in a charity store where records are usually no more than a couple of quid, it would be a bit churlish to break the record player out. For a record store, fair enough, but it seems a bit tight doing it in a charity. Perhaps others have fewer scruples (not that I have many).

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  • handcorkscrew
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    Originally posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (emperor tomato ketchup @ 08 July 2003,16:24)]In my case a lot of what I get is from cahrity shops which I happen to be passing and so I'm not gonna carry soemthing round like that on the off chance. I'm sure it helps avoid some crap but it would take a while to sample each track on an album - and since so many are one track wonders you'd easily miss stuff if you didn't check each one.
    I keep my GP-3 in a dickies bag in the trunk of my car when I go out on a mission. For genres that I'm into collecting but don't really know the ropes of (eg pre-90's school hip-hop), it's indispensible paired with some sharp ears. It's literally taken stacks of 100+ records down to a handful, and has paid for itself many times over. It's nice being able to take home nothing but the tip wax... sure you might miss a break, but I'm just looking to get a feel for the music... but obviously if I'm on foot in a thrift shop I'll take a risk on a $.50 (25p) record!

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  • emperor tomato ketchup
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    Ah now where's the fun in that?

    In my case a lot of what I get is from cahrity shops which I happen to be passing and so I'm not gonna carry soemthing round like that on the off chance. I'm sure it helps avoid some crap but it would take a while to sample each track on an album - and since so many are one track wonders you'd easily miss stuff if you didn't check each one.

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