October 23, 2016
Because every record collection has a story.
Home Grown is our new series profiling you lot and your excellent record collections. Taking our cue from the brilliant submissions to the #VFRecordCollections thread on Instagram, we want to share a little of your hard-earned love for vinyl with the world.
Each week, we’ll be profiling a different collector from around the world and finding out what makes them tick. Want in? Send us a pic of your collection and a few words about your collection to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name: Thomas Faurby
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Size of collection: 800
How long have you been collecting?
I’ve been collecting for most of my life really. I guess it started when I was 10 years old but that was just about the time when vinyl completely disappeared from the stores and like most people I started collecting CDs. In hindsight that was a terrible decision… I’m sure could have saved a lot of money if I had bought all the classic ’90s albums at the time of their release. But fortunately I never quite fell out of love with collecting records and for the last 6-7 years it’s been all about vinyl again.
What are you most proud of?
Well I’m actually very proud of my old Luxman amp and turntable. I’ve owned many different stereo systems and have always felt drawn to the vintage gear. It sounds every bit as good as a modern system and looks so much better in my opinion. The turntable is a pd121 from 1975 and the amp is a l510 from around 1983.
What does your collection mean to you?
In the last couple of years collecting records has become the main focus of my spare time. Like most vinyl junkies I spend most of my money on new records and it’s been a very disappointing month for me if I have bought less than 10 albums! To own the music physically has always been important to me and vinyl is really the ultimate media when it comes to that. I don’t have many books but I do regard my vinyl collection just like a library and I get so much joy from browsing through the records rediscovering old favorites or maybe reorganizing them according to year of release just like a proper vinyl nerd should do.
Lately I’ve also had a lot of fun with my page on Instagram. It’s so great to talk with fellow music enthusiasts from all over the world and I really learn a lot about new releases and things I would have never picked up on if it hadn’t been for the Instagram community. In return I love to frustrate my followers with vinyl related quizzes they often find way too hard. The social possibilities on the Internet is a very cool dimension I think enhances the vinyl collecting experience a lot for me.