The return of vinyl records – ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 News) – Collecting vinyl records is a hobby that has made a huge comeback in the past three years.

Collectors from all over gathered at the Little Thistle on Saturday afternoon during the Rochester Record Show. Boxes full of some of the greatest albums of all time were on display and sold during the event.

According to a study by the Luminate Midyear Report, record sales have increased 361% since the start of the pandemic.

Rich Franson has worked in the recording industry for over 20 years. He believes the hobby is making a comeback, mostly because of nostalgia.

“It caused a real upsurge. rather than going to Spotify or listening to something that’s been digitally remastered. Franson said. “They get the original pressing sounds from a piece of vinyl and I think they like it, otherwise they wouldn’t buy it.”

Despite a 29% increase in sales over last year, some people still feel intimidated to take up the hobby.

Franson’s biggest piece of advice for anyone looking to get into record collecting is simple.

Start small.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money, you can go to your local thrift store, to a garage sale, you can buy from friends.” Franson said. “You don’t have to start very big. Just find what you like and grow your collection over time.

Another reason for the rise in vinyl record sales comes from major retailers like Wal-Mart and Target selling them in their stores and websites. Offering a number of retail exclusives.