A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF VINYL RECORDS

South African Garden and Home - - Collectables -

Records were orig­i­nally made from shel­lac, with mass pro­duc­tion start­ing in Ger­many in 1898. They were ex­tremely brit­tle and broke eas­ily.

In 1930, the first com­mer­cially pro­duced vinyl records were re­leased and a lot of re­search was in­vested in per­fect­ing the de­sign.

Also known as gramo­phone records, vinyls dom­i­nated the mu­sic scene even when cas­sette tapes were mass-mar­keted. It was only in the 1980s with the ad­vent of the com­pact disc (CD) that their dom­i­nance was fi­nally top­pled.

Vinyl records were still made through­out the ’90s and early 2000s, but on a much smaller scale, mostly cater­ing to the dance mu­sic in­dus­try and DJs.

How­ever, there’s been a mas­sive in­crease in in­ter­est in them, with sales soar­ing world­wide among niche col­lec­tors.

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