Vinyl Records Coming Back In Popularity

Local Record Sales Increase by 30-percent

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They were a hit that ignited in the 1950’s and have since made a comeback – vinyl records. After all these years, sales are once again thriving. The Electric Fetus in downtown Duluth has seen a 30-percent increase in sales this last year.

The recent news may have you asking yourself what’s the draw to people playing records again?

Some people told us it comes down to the sound of vinyl, which offers a richer, warmer and clearer tone than most downloadable music on today’s market.

“There are more and more people getting back into vinyl,” explained Tom Unterburger, co-owner of Vinyl Cave in Superior.

It’s a trend that Unterburger expected seven years ago when he opened his business.

“It’s here to stay, it’s not a fad,” said Unterburger.

According to Nielsen Soundscan data, more than 9.2 million vinyl records were sold in the United States in 2014.

It turns out, vinyl isn’t just for the older generations.

“A lot of people think it’s just old vinyl that people are buying again, but it started with a lot of indie rock groups in the late 2000’s and it’s blossomed to encompass every genre of music,” said Bob Fuchs, with The Electric Fetus.

What exactly is causing the resurgence of vinyl? Well, that’s a matter of opinion.

“For me personally it’s a nostalgia thing that I did as a kid. You kind of like those little pops and snaps, you remember that, you remember listening to it as a kid and it all comes back to you, it’s a feel good thing, for other people it’s just the listening experience,” said Unterburger.

Playing a record is an experience that first time listeners said offers better quality than today’s downloadable hits.

“It’s so much better than downloading music because it just gets boring after a while and I’m not real big into today’s music. It’s kind of cool that I can have this outlet to find so many types of music,” stated Brandon Gokey, a new record enthusiast.

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