Having finally established my own hideaway in our house after lots of renovation and my children leaving I have the right space now for my collection where I can really appreciate it. Yes moz looks down at me from various angles. I've got all my vinyls back together in a great ikea storage system which seems perfectly designed for vinyl (god bless the swedes Mikael!
My neat little turntable is all sorted with its strange rubber band mechanism and weight on a string anti skate mechanism. Bizarre when I think back to those early smiths releases and what they were played/tortured on. My wife's only comment in the shop when I was explaining to an appreciative audio geek that the turntable was gonna be for my own special moments was....it doesn't have a lid!
Anyway I have my space, I have my gear, I have plenty vinyl inc lots of collectible stuff and now I find myself wondering if I should actually play them. What do you lot do? Some stuff is sealed and will be kept that way but most is not. With almost everything available digitally it's easy to listen to what you want but actually playing a record is a different thing, almost religiously ritualistic at times.
So do you play your rare stuff, test presses, promo vinyls, marbled vinyls and the like for that really special moment or do you keep them filed away. I am really interested in how collectors treat their own treats so to speak. To play or not to play?