Russell (Rusty) Thorpe, aka Rusty Nails, with his all-time favourite album, The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St.
Russell (Rusty) Thorpe, aka Rusty Nails, with his all-time favourite album, The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main St. Cathy Adams

Vinyls spin new tune

EVEN as overall music sales continue to shrink, music lovers are digging out their old vinyl LPs, dusting them off and playing them loud and proud again.

And it seems a new generation may be getting into the vinyl revival as well with the Australian Record Industry Australia's (ARIA) 2011 Wholesale Report revealing that vinyl sales are up approximately 13%, even as the wholesale value of the music industry declined by 0.34% from 2010.

One who has witnessed first hand the upswing of interest in vinyl is Matthew Bowden from South Golden Beach, who deals in second hand vinyl through his website, The Vinyl Junkie.

He owns 30,000 records and recently returned to Australia with three tonnes of vinyl after a buying trip to America.

"There are now younger 15 and 16 year olds getting into classic '70s rock," he said.

Rusty Thorpe, Bluesfest touring and marketing manager, is one who has also known and loved vinyl.

He was once better known as Rusty Nails, an announcer at Double J and then Triple J in Sydney from 1977 through to 1990 and he welcomes the vinyl revival.

"Vinyl never really went away, now bands such as Radiohead and the Black Keys are releasing their new albums on vinyl as well as digital," he said.

Music lovers are also getting their old turntables running again.

Nick Barovsky at the Audio Room can set up your old turntable or sell you a new European-built turntable for around $500 and he offered this advice on cleaning up your old LPs ready to play.

"Wash them with your hands in plain soapy water, rinse them off under the tap and stack them in the dish rack to air dry," he said.

"That will get rid of the mould and dirt pressed into the grooves."



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