There are literally thousands of records at the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra's Vinyl Vault, its regular sale of used LPs. And there are more than a few gems in the ever-changing collection. The MCO has been holding sales of LPs for more than 30 years and interest in these old recordings is showing no sign of waning.
One of the many treasures
on sale at the Vinyl Vault (Vicki Young)
The sale is held ten times a year and at each event, boxes and boxes of LPs go out the door, adding several thousands of dollars to the MCO's coffers. "It makes a huge difference to us," says Vicki Young, managing director of the MCO.
The records come from all over the city. "People have gotten to know that if they're cleaning out their basements they can call us," says Young. "We have volunteers who will go out and pick up the records." They also receive donations from people cleaning out a family member's estate, even from the CBC.
So what's the appeal of these old records? "They tend to be in very good condition," says Young. "They were prized possessions by the people who donate them and the sound is just very good."
Thousands of old
records are on sale (Jon Snidal)
Many of the clientele are repeat collectors, as well as people interested in novelty recordings that are simply not available elsewhere. But Young points out that more and more people are becoming interested in vinyl. "Among high school and university students there's a real return to vinyl. And a lot of contemporary groups are releasing their recordings on vinyl. That's kind of a testament to the sound quality."
The collection includes
many novelty items (Vicki Young)
The Vinyl Vault also offers a huge variety of genres. Rock albums sell the best, but there is also a keen interest in anything off-the-beaten-path.
Certainly they're very cheap, too. Most LPs go for a dollar apiece, so one can get a lot of wonderful music for a good price. "I think also that you can find things that are not widely available anymore," says Young. "It's sort of a glimpse into the past in some ways."
The MCO's next Vinyl Vault used LP sale takes place Saturday, March 30 in the basement of the Power Building, 428 Portage Avenue at Vaughan.