Since I moved to my current house I've had a box of LPs floating around for around 10 years - moving room to room, stored here there and everywhere. The is a around 60 or so albums in there - they're the core of my collection which remains after a lot of stuff was borrowed by various "mates" following my switch to CD during the 90s. So last week I figured I'd look for a turntable - nothing flash or expensive; just something that could be plugged into my ageing Technics system. After a bit of dithering I bought a Marantz TT5005; which I suspect is a rebadged version of every other turntable in that price bracket! Since it arrived i've been rediscovering the Vinyl experience - which includes some of the very first "proper" records I ever bought (although everyone probably has a lot of love for the Funky Gibbon, I wouldn't really put it up there with Led Zep IV). Now to be fair my old record decks were typical teenage MIDI systems, so now hearing the same discs through a reasonable amp, speakers and better turntable I've noticed a massive improvement is quality - it surprised me just how good vinyl could sound and how non intrusive the odd crackle and pop is. I've also fallen for that indefinable alure of vinyl - which while it has many drawbacks - is such cool listening experience. What I love the most is that pause between putting the needle down and track one starting. Also the way tracks take on greater significance - the side one opener, the side one closer, the side two opener and the grand finale. I can't believe I forgot all of this. It's great fun listing to a lot of my old LPs and although I have a lot of them on CD there are a lot that I haven't.