The beauty of a yard sale is the chance discovery of something you didn't know you needed. Last weekend, B and I got up early to see what hoarded items our neighbors were selling. We took Lucia with us to enjoy a morning walk so even if it was a total wash, someone would get something benefical out of it.
After a couple stops and a few purchases, we came to the final yard sale of the morning. I almost didn't notice the old turntable the owners had sitting out on top of it's original packing. After a closer look I saw it was a Bang Olefsun Beogram RX. Knowing nothing about that series, I offered $20 for it and the promise of buying several LPs they also had. Thirty minutes later, I walked away with 20 albums and a new (old) turntable.
Once I got home, I discovered my Yamaha stereo receiver doesn't have phono audio inputs. That's common with receivers nowadays since the phono plugs are no longer a default input and gave way to digital inputs like CDs, DVDs, etc. A little searching online came up with a simple phono amplifier that would boost the old 80's millivolt turntable output into something the 2011 receiver could work with.
Three days and $50 later, I have a turntable setup once again. The last turntable I owned was in.... never. Even though I owned a few albums I would just play them on my parent's or my brother's stereo. I never got around to buying one myself. And by the time I moved out of the house, CDs were replacing audio tapes and LPs were slowly disappearing from stores shelves.
I'm definitely not an audiophile but now the amplified sounds of the Pretenders or a Talking Heads album seem just a little bit better instead of an mp3 on an ipod. Now I just need to find more vinyl..