I know that I am totally out of touch with the mainstream print media when I miss interesting stories such as this, which does not appear in the newspapers' main pages. This particular feature in The Star appeared quite some time ago on the 19th of April, which makes it, what, 17 days ago? Yup, 17 days ago and I just noticed it today. And I would have missed it too if I had not been trying to catch up with the stack of old newspapers in the storeroom before chucking them away.
The bad news is that there are now more people who are going to compete with me in searching for rare old gems among the second-hand record stores, and prices are bound to creep upwards as demand starts overtaking the supply. While the good news is knowing that the vinyl record revival can only lend credence to long-time hobbyists' reluctance to give up on his music format despite the challenges.
When I was still staying in Seang Tek Road at the peripheral of the city of George Town, Penang, my father and I started getting into music and buying records either in the late 50s or the early 60s.
Of course, when I couldn't listen to my records in the 70s and 80s, I had turned to listening to cassettes. Like everyone else, I found the walkmans to be so convenient. I think that I may have played through, spoilt and discarded three or four walkman players. I also had those radio cassette players with attached external speakers that were starting to become popular. The Sony brand was of course the mainstay but other brands that I used included Aiwa, Denon and Philips. In particular, I liked the Denon best of all for its fantastic sound reproduction.
With the advent of the compact discs, there was no stopping me from buying a dedicated CD player. The first player that I bought was the Arcam One. It proved very reliable but I really disliked the noise from the transport whenever the CD tray opened or closed. But eventually, I had to have this CD player put aside when I couldn't get its laser serviced or repaired satisfactorily. CD tracks kept skipping and some of my CDs could not be read at all. My latest CD player is a second-hand NAD.
Oh yes, for a brief period, I was also caught up with the Minidisc craze and actually had a MD deck with me. And I also went through two or three portable minidisc players too. Unfortunately, the Minidisc never really caught on and I am now landed with a big box of unusable minidiscs because I've nothing to play them with and minidisc players are no longer in production. Sad.