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Christmas Gift Ideas: Harvest, Virgin, Vertigo & Island Label Collectors – Reknowned Reference Books In Now As PDF

December 16, 2016 Cathryn Draper 0

We are proud to be an official stockist for the 2016 digital editions of these amazing 2007 Russian limited edition 352 page A4 sized books by Yuri Grishin, supplied as a PDF on a branded USB stick. Perfect for label collectors – immediate despatch! There’s one for each of the Island Record label, Harvest Records, Vertigo Records and Charisma.  Each details all there is to know about each label.  Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour with over 1400 pictures – every label & sleeve variant [e.g. Bronze, Chrysalis, Blue Thumb, Sue]. With full text in Russian & English, this is an essential reference source […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 10: Choosing A New Turntable

December 5, 2016 Tim Card 0

To finish off our little series about record collecting we’ve gone back to basics with a bluffers guide on some of the best turntables currently out there. Using ‘What Hi-Fi’s’ guide (and they should know best right?) to the best turntables available in 2015, with prices to suit all pockets. So if you’re a seasoned collector and are looking to upgrade you may find something to suit here or, if you’re new to buying vinyl and are looking for a decent entry level turntable, hopefully this will give you some pointers. Each picture has the link to the ‘What Hi-Fi’ review […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 9: How Was Vinyl Invented?

November 28, 2016 Tim Card 0

Just recently you can’t seem to move for stories of vinyl’s resurgence, think fancy looking graphs with sales of vinyl pointing up, up, up, pictures of hipsters clutching LPs, men with beards rifling through the racks of a good ol’ fashioned record shop etc etc. With this in mind we thought we’d give you a little bluffers guide as to how the vinyl format came to be…… n 1888 a gentlemen named Emile Berliner invented the flat disc record. These very first discs were produced of a vulcanised rubber and were between 12.5cm and 18cm in diameter. Later he discovered […]

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Christmas Gift Ideas For Vinyl Collectors and Music Lovers – this week: Autographs, 2016 Promos & Rare CDs

November 24, 2016 Cathryn Draper 0

Our Christmas Store is open 24/7 It doesn’t get easier. It’s a tough call knowing what to buy for a mad keen collector but we’re here to help. Check out the categories in our Christmas Store today. You’ll find hundreds of ideas across all budgets here This week’s top 3 categories:- Rare CDs:– Find rare CD albums and CD singles for the discerning collector here Authentic Autographs: New Albums released in 2016:-   If you need any help finding the right item, pick up the phone and have a chat with Roy, Luke or Jason – call us on 01474 815 […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 8: Compact Discs

November 21, 2016 Tim Card 2

With the amount of stories about vinyl records doing the rounds in recent years you’d be forgiven for thinking that no one cares about the humble Compact Disc, surely there must be some mistake!? With the first CD released way back in 1982 (Claudio Arrau performing Chopin waltzes fact fans), they’ve now been a part of our lives for 30 plus years, so it stands to reason that there is a huge number of people out there with extensive CD collections – this short article aims to give you a brief guide on how to care for the collection, how to […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 7: Vinyl Records Terms & Abbreviations

November 14, 2016 Tim Card 2

For those new to record collecting the huge array of abbreviations and terminology can be bewildering to say the least, so if you don’t know your acetate from your elbow or your promo from your die-cut sleeve, fear not! We’ve put together this short summary of some of the most commonly used terms and abbreviations….. Acetate/Lacquer: Is usually a reference cut that is made on ultra high-grade methyl cellulose sprayed onto thick aluminium discs. Reference acetates are primarily to make certain the record will sound somewhat like the tape. Often they are also made to allow a club or radio disc-jockey […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 6: Grading Your Vinyl

November 7, 2016 Tim Card 0

Grading records is one of the most controversial areas of collecting second-hand vinyl records, with differing opinion as to what constitutes Mint condition. Here at eil Towers we use the generally accepted Record Collector guide to condition reproduced below for both buying and selling. (All text copyright Parker Publishing) Whilst there are seven broad grades here at eil.com we rarely sell anything below a VG grade, although with particularly rare LPs we do occasionally make an exception, see below for a breakdown of the grades… Vinyl Records (7″, 12″ LPs etc) MINT: The record itself is in brand new condition […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 5: Picture Discs

October 31, 2016 Tim Card 3

Picture Discs What do we mean by picture discs? Well, at the risk of stating the obvious, it’s where an image or graphics are incorporated into that of 7”, 10” or 12” record, usually round, but not always! When did they start? Unbelievably they can be traced right back to the 1920s, with one of the most famous early practitioners being Say-Way Industries in the US. Issued under the ‘Vogue’ name, they created a catalogue of over 70 picture discs recordings as far back as the 1940s The 1970s For companies like Vogue the picture disc were a commercial venture, […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 4: White Labels/Test Pressings

October 24, 2016 Tim Card 0

One sure fire way to get the attention of any hardened record collector would be to mention the words ‘white label’ and ‘test pressing’, such is the allure of these plain and mysterious slices of vinyl or compact disc….but why? Firstly, although a white label and a test pressing can look similar they are very different beasts and can command wildly different values…. What Is A White Label? Before a record gets an official release white label promotional copies are often distributed to radio stations, DJ’s and music industry employees either in the form of 7″ or 12″ vinyl or CDs. However, in […]

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Record Collecting: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask….Part 3: Looking After My Vinyl Record Collection

October 17, 2016 Tim Card 1

Whether you’ve dedicated your whole life to the pursuit of records or whether you’re a relative newcomer you still need to be able to know how to look after your collection and how to store them properly. Here’s a quick guide to how to care for you records (thanks to the US library of National Congress) followed up with some of the different storage solutions that are out there… Looking After Your Vinyl Records Vinyl records are not high maintenance but do require looking after, storing them properly takes a little effort but it’s worth it in the long run. […]

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