Vinyl Records are part of Peoples History.

I met up with Ian Crocker of at the Fairmile in Cobham today at one of those great Business Biscotti meetings ( ). He showed me an article about someone who lost their entire vinyl record collection of 1600 discs! When I say lost, actually they were destroyed by US Customs whilst being shipped from the UK to Tucsan. The article goes on to explain how the records had be carefully collected and cataloged over his lifetime and now, copies had to found of each one to rebuild the collection again. The full article can be found on

Now I love vinyl records. Nothing can replace that feeling of removing the disc, cleaning it, putting it onto the deck and carefully turning on the record player, ensuring that the needle drops gently into the lead in part of the groove. The sound really is smoother in some way compared to a digitised low bit rate MP3. However, if the vinyl is played and digitised well, at high bit rates, e.g. WAV or FLAC files, not only can it sound pretty good, you can listen to it without wearing down your precious records and most importantly, if anything should happen to your precious collection, you have a backup copy. I would certainly strongly recommend anybody with a vinyl collection, to get it digitised and have a backup copy stored offsite. When we digitise vinyl records we even split the tracks up and name them and add the album art, so you have a folder with artist, then album, then named tracks to import into iTunes or Windows Media Player etc. It is not expensive and our standard offering includes track names etc – more on