I'll make this the last post in this series (possibly).
After getting the turntable, and a pair of cartridges, I found that I needed a phono preamp. I also knew a disc washer would be necessary. Talk about all the hidden costs. It reminded me of a Gahan Wilson cartoon depicting Leonardo da Vinci showing a friend a television set and holding the plug. The caption was "...and the I realized I needed to invent a socket and God knows what else."
I was home alone with the dogs, and finally had everything hooked up. I put on the side of the Fantasia soundtrack with Ponticelli's Dance of the Hours. I couldn't believe how wonderful it sounded! I thought "this record is 51 years old." I followed it with Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and then the first record of the Stan Getz set. Not even a crackle on that one. What amazed me is the absence of surface noise. Not the pops and crackles, but the annoying rumble as the needle scrapes across the vinyl. I will definately return and get the set of Beethoven symphonies. I realized that there are four albums that I use to have that I have not found on cd that I would love to find on vinyl. Eugene Fodor's performance of Tchaikosky's viloin concerto (Columbia Red seal), Tomita The Bermuda Triangle (coral pink vinyl) and Ravel's Bolero and Robin Trower Twice Removed From Yesterday. And yes, some Quicksilver would be nice. So would Herbie Hancock Empyrean Isles. XTC English Settlement....
So, anyway, the whole vinyl thing. I don't know if I'd say it's better or worse than vinyl. It's just....groovier. Maybe there is some unfounded level of connection that happens when music travels the purely analog journey from musician to recorded media to stereo to your ears without the mathematical process of conversion to digital. I wonder if there was ever a vinyl printing of Mark Mothersbaugh's Music for Insominacs, which was a totally computer-programmed, digitally recorded, cd release. That would be interesting.
I think I'll go home and unwrap a Gothic Playground album and play it. We weren't that great of a band, and it was a lously recording, but it's the only thing on vinyl I have ever done.