So, I now have a substantial collection of vintage vinyl. Namely, 227 albums worth (my dad's old collection). He hasn't listened to any of it in at least a decade. Unfortunately, some of it became slightly warped in storage but it's generally in at least decent shape. I honestly have no idea what's all in there yet, although a quick flip through surfaced the following:
Led Zeppelin The Monkees The Rolling Stones Bob Seger Billie Holliday The Who The Guess Who Rod Stewart Star Wars OST
It's going to take a while to explore all of this...
I found a few more gems on a quick runthrough. Lots of stuff I don't ever remember them even playing when I was a kid. Now I'm genuinely curious which of these albums were mom's and which were dad's. I always thought of them as dad's growing up, and while most of them definitely are, there are some that have to be mom's in here too.
I decided on buying an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge. General Audio here in town had it priced competitively with online retailers for the same cart ($199 CDN). When I get some time I'll have to get it installed, aligned, etc. I may miss the WOMP of the Shure on some albums like Exit Planet Dust and Divergent Spectrum which I pre-ordered, but I'm excited to see what the Ortofon sounds like. I'm keeping the Shure in any event, since some of my dad's vinyl is in less than stellar shape and I might need it.
Well, the Ortofon cartridge knows how to WOMP. Listened to Sleigh Bells' Treats which I picked on on vacation, and holy shit... I haven't checked the mail yet, but if my vinyl for Divergent Spectrum has arrived, I'll be womping tomorrow night too :-)
It's definitely a little more dodgy on the stuff from my dad's collection that's more-than-slightly warped, but still very happy with how it performs on everything else. I'll probably use the Shure to rip what I can from the damaged records to MP3s. I already own a Mackie firewire audio interface, I just need to patch it in to my stereo system.
Thanks again to those who contributed to this thread over the past few months - I'm enjoying the turntable immensely.