"pops, clicks and hiss
Originally Posted by SmittyJS
Vinyl reminds me of muscle car collecting. Guys from the 60's and 70's loved muscle cars. When they got older nostalgia kicked in. I came of age when muscle cars were our first used cars. They were rusty, unreliable, rattling, poor handling, not all that comfortable and considered junk by 100K miles. And many that are considered good looking today (mid-60's GTOs, 442, Roadrunner) were considered square boring boxes in my day. Today's cars (digital equivalent) are more powerful, more reliable and far better in comfort and handling. But reliving a younger time is inviting. Some younger guys get pulled in by the invigorated excitement and curiosity. I imagine in 20 years tuner cars like Toyota Supra turbo and Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder will become popular because of that generation getting older.
I grew up with vinyl, but never had a desire to go back to all the pops, clicks and hiss. I still have a late 80's NAD turntable with a Shure V15 Type V-MR cartridge and JVC QL-A2 turnatable in storage. I predict, just like the market interest in 1920-40's cars, vinyl will diminish to almost nothing after the nostalgia generation is done with audio.
What pops, clicks and hiss? As I've stated tens or maybe hundreds of times on these pages, I have every LP I've ever owned, dating back to 1947, and I have very little in the way of pops, clicks and hiss. Not zero, but very little. I have had expensive tables and carts most of my life in addition to a cheap one now on a budget system. Even the cheap is quite satisfying on a lower resolution system. True, I've taken exquisite care of the collection and it shows. Strange this is that the vinyl resurgence is young folks not so much geezers. That's where this is real different form the car collecting.
"Vinyl reminds me of muscle car collecting. Guys from the 60's and 70's loved muscle cars. When they got older nostalgia kicked in
Very true. I look around these event, shows and hangouts, and even I look a little young and that's saying something. The conversations used to be drag racing, drinkin' and getting laid. Now it's Medicare, prostate problems and aches and pains. The cars are pretty much the same, but the owners have moved on a bit. We have to wrap up the hangs outs before dark because the old geezers can't see to get home. The early morning hangouts, such as Donut Derelicts in HB at Adams and Magnolia, if you aren't there by 5:30 AM there's no parking so the guys are driving there in the dark, which is a concern. No problem with the ole dudes getting up in the morning because they have to get to pee anyway.
And true, It's a nostalgia thing. For me too, as these were just used cars up until maybe the mid 90s when I got into it too. As far as the cars go, 50s, 60s and early 70s were pretty reliable. It all didn't get nasty until the mid 70s up until the last 10-15 years or so starting with the early 'computer' controlled carbs and early emission controls. The last of the old technology is better than the new for a while. As far as modern cars being far safer, better performing and improved in all ways, sure, that's a given, however, and old car on infinitely better modern rubber with a few suspension mods and a very tuned engine can be remarkably good. Even running on reproduction, identical in looks, bias play made from modern compound, it ain't bad. Of course with all that extra lateral grip, you gotta do bigger sway bars because lateral grip is so much higher, to keep body roll in check. A carbed car will accelerate just as well as FI, but of course won't be as emission friendly or as nice on cold starts.
For all out performance. Take a look at min 4:00, and no this isn't a 426 Hemi btw, but a 426 max wedge. That would run right with Russ' new Hellcat. And true, the ram charger Dodges and Max Wedge Plymouths were the extremes from Mopar of the day, but so is the Hellcat of today. This Pure Stock Muscle Car series runs under NHRA Pure Stock rules. Any faster than an 11:50 and you get the boot for the day because of the 11:49 and faster roll cage rule. None of these cars have them to stay stock in function and appearance. And this was on skinny, period correct bias plies, probably in an 8.15 x 14 size.
In the stills, sure there are some grandkids with us (such as mine), but for the most part this entire crowd will be gone in five years, ten years tops and then what. That's the big distinction between this and the vinyl fetish. Lot sof young are hugely into vinyl. The cars ... almost no one. It's toast and soon.