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Published on April 15th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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What kind of record collector are you?

With the First Annual Toronto Vinyl Summit coming up at The Rec Room on May 9 (I’m a co-founder plus I’ll be your host for the evening), we’re trying to figure out what kind of record collectors will turn up. Everyone is welcome, of course, but it might fun to figure out where in you fit in the ecosystem of vinyl nerds.

VinylMePlease.com has this handy categorization of record collectors.

We record collectors are an incredible bunch. We’re dedicated, hardworking and often toe the line between obsession and addiction. From the minute that first record graces your turntable, the hunt begins and the collection grows. As we collect, we find ourselves developing as people and music enthusiasts. We develop, change and ultimately propagate our own unique collecting personality.

Eventually, we all find what kind of collector we are. Are you someone who needs everything? Are you someone who doesn’t care what shape your records are in? Are you a person who doesn’t have Beatles albums, but has every single Korean psych album ever released between 1971 and 1974?

We made a guide for you to determine what kind of collector you are, and in order to identify other collectors by their type. Which type of record collector are you?

Keep reading to find out where you fit in.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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