Jeff Ballard, 1992 Donruss #74 - I've been listening to Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan's *Effectively Wild *podcast for the past year, but today was the first time that I'd heard Jeff Ba...
Monday, December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas! (and My Other Hobby)
Instead of posting any cards today, I've got something a little different for the holiday. Recently I mentioned that my spending on sports cards has taken a downturn due to another hobby. Well, here it is...
When I had part-time jobs growing up, my friends and I would hit the local Strawberries music store any time we got paid and load up. At one point I had literally hundreds of CDs, in fact despite downsizing over time I probably still have that many today. I went digital long ago though and hadn't purchased a CD in ages, but I've wanted a proper turntable setup for years now.
Well, in 2017 I finally made it happen, and I couldn't be more pleased. For those of you who care or are interested, the turntable is from U-Turn Audio, and the speakers are made by Audioengine. The speakers are powered so I don't need a receiver, and also have a built-in bluetooth receiver and DAC (digital audio converter), which is pretty great as it lets me enjoy my entire library of digital music, or any other streaming source like Pandora, from my phone with the same high-quality sound.
At this point I have to say I couldn't be happier with either product. I can honestly say I've never heard music sound so crisp, clear, and rich before. The only thing I plan to upgrade at some point is the pre-amp (the little black box on top of the right speaker). My current one was a cheap ($49) but highly-rated model off Amazon. I'd like to get something a little nicer aesthetically speaking, since my wife is being a good sport and letting me keep this in the living room. Actually, she's been enjoying it just as much as I have and has already picked up quite a few records herself!
With these tracks having been recorded in the 1940s, this is a great album for the vinyl medium. This was one of the first records I picked up, and it's gotten quite a few spins this holiday season.
Collecting vinyl isn't all that different from collecting cards in some ways, there are rare pressings, serial numbered releases, and even colored vinyl! As you can see based on the sticker, my copy is an exclusive "Red/White" pressing of the album, released by Newbury Comics, a regional chain here in New England.
This one's my favorite of the three. Jazz sounds really spectacular with the setup I have, in fact this is one of the records that really got me into exploring more jazz artists over the past few months. A true holiday classic in every sense of the word, and pressed on seasonally appropriate green vinyl to boot!
Merry Christmas to those of you that celebrate it! I hope you are spending the day enjoying the company of loved ones, and I thank you as always for taking a few minutes of your day to stop by and read my ramblings. It'll be back to sports cards tomorrow!