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Happy Record Store Day! Today is all about celebrating music – in particular, vinyl records. Indie venues all over the UK (and the world) will be running special events, limited edition releases, intimate gigs and exclusive signings. It’s all about celebrating the culture of vinyl, and truly listening to music.
I’m a HUGE music lover. Like, really into it. In fact, back when I first started this blog, I actually wrote a lot about music too. Over time, I phased this out to focus on DIY and crafts – but I still listen to music every single day. It’s my second biggest passion after making things!
To celebrate Record Store Day, I thought I’d take you on a little tour of my record player set up at home. I’ve had my record player for a few years now, and I did a lot of research before I chose this set up. Hopefully it will help you if you’re in the market for a new music system! 🙂
My home record player set up
I listen to vinyl mostly at the weekends (in the week, I prefer the convenience of my Sonos player). It’s almost like a form of meditation: selecting a vinyl, placing it on the player, positioning the needle, then sitting back with freshly brewed coffee and letting the sounds fill the room. Because of this, it made the most sense to position my record player prominently in my living room. After all, this is where I spend most of my time at home (except for my craft room, obvs!). To give you some perspective, my home record player set up is just round the corner from the custom-made plywood shelves that I blogged recently.
My record player is the Pro-Ject Audio Systems Turntable (find it on Amazon, here). I LOVE the look of this turntable! It’s clean, sleek and really fits in with the minimal Scandi-style vibe of my home. It also comes in white and red, but I liked the classic black the most. I think the contrast of black record player against the white shelves looks really cool (especially when paired with the white vinyl record shown in the photos!). I also keep a small micro-fibre cloth in a nearby drawer, so I can give my records a quick dust off before playing them.
My speaker and shelving unit
To play my records, I hook my player up to a portable Bose speaker via an aux cable. The quality of this speaker is incredible, picking up all of the little crackles that make vinyl audio so distinctive. When it’s not in use, I usually put the speaker away in a drawer to keep the shelves clutter-free.
The shelving unit that holds my record player is from the Futon Company. I flipping LOVE that place! I’ve picked up so many amazing decor pieces from their Nottingham branch over the past 12 months. The size of the bottom shelves are perfect for my record player and collection of vintage records (more on them below). I like how they allow the record player to be clearly on display, but low enough so that they aren’t too “in your face”. I’ve also styled the top two shelves with plants and candles – cos plants and candles make any room better. Duh. 🙂
My vintage record collection
When I got my first record player, my parents gave me all of their old records. How cool is that?! And, even better, their music tastes were on point. The Beatles, David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Elvis and sooo much more. YES!
Over the years, I’ve also added to my vinyl collection. I don’t buy them very often – I wait until it’s a record I really want. Something I know I’ll listen to over and over, and not grow sick of! (That sort of music is much better suited to streaming). Amongst my all-time fave new vinyls are Joanna Newsom’s Divers, Anohi’s Hopelessness and Bjork’s Vulnicura. This probably gives a good summary of my fave music; artsy, and a a bit weird. 😛
I hope you guys enjoyed this little tour of my home record player set up! Now you’ve seen it, I’d love to know if you’re a vinyl fan yourself? Do you listen to records at home? Or do you prefer more modern ways to listen? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂 – Mike.