Vinyl

The Laser Record Player

Back in the 80’s an American company called Finial turntable had started working on an optical turntable that uses lasers instead of a stylus to play records. And although the technology had garnered seven million’s worth of investment, the emergence of compact discs eventually caused it to fail to be manufactured.

It had issues related to playback, namely the inability of lasers to push dust aside and to read single and long play records that were back in colour and the popularity of compact discs grew day by day so the technology was shelved and sold to ELP Japan, who have been trying to reignite demand for the product since 2008.

The device is of course quite expensive because it is not mass produced, from US$9,000 to US$14,000 new depending on the model. But perhaps it will become more affordable with the resurgence of vinyl. Who knows ?

Any Queen Fans ?

Queen’s full catalogue will be remastered and re-released on vinyl soon.

Their 15 studio albums will be re-released in an 18 coloured Vinyl LP collection on September 25th, 2015 and this collection is available for pre-order at Amazon Canada, Amazon Italy, Amazon Germany and the Official Queen Store in the U.K.

This collection includes a 108 page hardcover book and the original album artwork has been duplicated from the cover to the inner sleeve, some of the albums including posters.

Queen’s individual albums will also be re-released on September 25th, 2015
and are available for pre-order as well from Amazon Canada

Vinyl Store Listings Fixed

Didn’t notice that something had happened to my vinyl record store listings. Corrected it tonight. Don’t forget to contact me if you know of any more. Thanks.

A Vertical Turntable ?


click here for details on this crowd funding campaign

New Vinyl On Sale

American retailer Second Spin is offering a 10% discount on new LPs until June 25th, 2015. Use NEWVINYL as the promo code.

International Record Store Day 2015

It’s International Record Store Day and many independent retailers in Canada will be celebrating the event with sales and other promotions.

This is of course a great opportunity to find the vinyl you’ve always been looking for, or that rare CD that has yet to make it to iTunes. But you can also find memorabilia at some of these local stores like posters, hats, embroidered patches, etc. Or DVD/Blu-Rays featuring live concerts or music videos.

Click here for a listing of participating stores in Canada.