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The History of Vinyl Records and Music as a Whole

Edouard-Leon Scott, a French inventor created the Phonautograph in 1857. It was created to help people understand how sound works. A device where a vibrating pen would graphically represent sounds onto a small paper disc.

Thomas Edison took the Phonautograph in 1878 and created a way to actually hear the music. This particular device used a stylus to cut grooves in tin foil to record and replay the sounds.

1867 Emile Berliner patented the gramophone, which was the first vinyl record player. This device was operated by hand and played seven-inch rubber discs. Victor Company released a record player in 1901 called the Red Seal and this one played ten-inch vinyl records.

Columbia Records released their 33 1/3 RPM in 1948. Made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, the sound was recorded in the grooves in the vinyl. The needle runs along the grooves while the record spins and passes the information to the electromagnetic head.

An assortment of science, and technology allows us to enjoy the vinyl from many years ago, as well as now as many record labels are commencing to produce recent releases on vinyl. Many people, vinyl lovers or not claim that the music from a vinyl album is incomparable.

Naturally, we also believe that the sound from vinyl outweighs all other forms of music when played at home or work.

Ever wondered what music was played prior to the invention of Vinyl Records. Before the much loved vinyl records, was a product called Shellac, and before shellac were gigantic cylinders made of zinc and glass.

Then in 1979 the Walkman was invented by Masaru Ibuka, co-founder of Sony. Anyone over the age of 35 probably had one and cassettes recorded from the radio playing on it as well with all of your favorite songs. Within five years of the Walkman being released, vinyl record sales plummeted.

It would then appear that once the Walkman, or portable music device was invented, the choice of how we were to listen to our music changed – dramatically. With the invention of Compact Discs, or CD players, which still were technically classed as a Walkman however we purchased a CD instead of the cassette. The CD was much easier to select the song you wished to listen to, and play it over and over again.

Then in 2001 Apple launched the Ipod and hence the end of all other listening devices for our beloved music. This device changed the way we listen to music forever. Allowing you to create plays list, order of the songs at any time and repeat as often as you want.

Then the rest is history with the creation of streaming services. Or was it? Yes there are so many of us that listen to our music in the car via Bluetooth on our phones, but can it really replace the quality and soulful feeling of vinyl being played in the lounge room. Setting the mood. Enjoying the memories, foot tapping, eyes closed memories.

Music has been with us for many years and will continue for many more. It creates memories, joyful moments that we can cherish forever. We adore the sound that vinyl produces and love that we can offer the service to the general public to venture through our doors, scroll through the massive selections and reminisce about the good days.

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