|Most of what you see here has gone to the great graveyard in the sky, including Man Ginger.|
The thing is, records mean a lot to me, I grew up with the first wave of dance music where nothing came on CD and you either bought records or a compilation on tape for the car or walkman, latter stuff would come on CD and over the years I've come to enjoy the mix CD (now supplanted by Soundcloud) and Pirate radio which is more legit now thanks to streaming digital stations. I am not one of those people who are amazed that "Vinyl exists" and re buy all their Beatles albums on 180gram vinyl, I am an techno head and its either records or go without (or option B Youtube).
Which brings me to the split between the two extremes the Crossley Cruiser in a suitcase and the £1000 audiophile set up. My dad has the former of the two, and offered for me to borrow it to try it out. I took it up and instantly regretted it, the play back was tinny and cheap and the MP3's I did get from it weren't very good. Worse is that everywhere I look in shops (HMV and "Chas" Ohlson especially) have these modern spam tin atrocities. I am actually considering looking in Crash Converters for discontinued Stantons or Technics that's how bad it is.
The other end is Hi-Fi magazines which blind you with science and favour the grossly overpriced "audiophile" decks that are available nowhere and cost upwards of a grand. I know you get what you pay for but something around the £200 mark should be the limit and get you something decent. I know there are good decks out there, that will fit my set up, but its finding them and the confidence to buy them, something I lack and that.