Your Vinyl Record Collection Might Be Worth More Than You Think

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Vinyl records tried to be a relic of the past, but there are too many people out there who love them. Whether you collect them because you think the sound is “better” or you went through a hipster phase or you can’t bear to part with items handed down from generations before you, well, there’s good news – they might actually be worth something in a currency other than nostalgia.

There’s also bad news, because the same thing making your records worth more is also the thing that could make acquiring more a problem – there’s the potential for a worldwide shortage.

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“From my understanding, this fire will present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide,” Ben Blackwell, co-founder of Third Man Records told Pitchfork in an email. “There are only TWO companies that make lacquers in the world, and the other, MDC in Japan, already had trouble keeping up with demand BEFORE this development.” (The emphasis is Blackwell’s.) #vinyl #vinylcollection #vinyljunkie #recordcollection #recordcollector #pitchfork #records #news #fire #thirdmanrecords #apollomasters #banning #ugh

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According to an article in Pitchfork, Apollo Masters – one of the only makers of lacquer in the world – had a fire that’s destroyed their ability to help create new records.

The industry, while healthy, is still pretty niche. That means that, aside from Apollo Masters, there’s only one other producer of said lacquer in the entire world. MCD, based in Japan, and Apollo Masters were already having a tough time meeting demand before the fire.

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Um incêndio catastrófico nas instalações da Apollo Masters, na Califórnia, pode ter colocado o mercado de discos de vinis em maus lençóis. Isso porque a empresa fornecia entre 80% a 90% do suprimento global de vernizes, principal material utilizado na prensagem do produto. Entenda: www.housemag.com.br 📸 divulgação #apollomasters #vinil #vinis

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It stands to reason that there will be a worldwide slow-down in the pressing of new records. That means, in turn, that the secondhand market will probably get pretty hot, even for newer albums.

If you’re looking to sell some stuff on your shelves, this is great news.

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Dieses Bild unserer hübschen Melamin-Tabletts und -Untersetzer widmen wir heute allen Vinyl-Fans. Unsere Gedanken sind bei euch – und bei Apollo Masters. #trendform #trendformswitzerland #smallthingsbigjoy #vinyl #vinylpressing #schallplatten #LP #apollomasters #1950s #vintagerecord #elitetins #greatesthits #vinyllovers #tray #coaster

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If you’ve been eyeing something special to add to your collection, the news is more costly.

We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out among collectors, aficionados, and casual listeners all over the world, but here’s hoping that Apollo Masters is able to rebuild and get back in the same soon.