December 11, 2016
Because every record collection has a story.
Home Grown is our 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: Nemanja Vuković
Location: Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia
Size of collection: Around seven hundreds LPs and one hundred shellac 78s from various periods.
How long have you been collecting? My collection got serious in the last five years, not in numbers but in different types of genres. I have been into music longer than I can remember. Growing up in the mid ’80s, my parents made sure I listened to a fair amount of good music. All that different type of media – cassettes, CD, vinyl, even MTV – made a bedrock to what has been the greatest love story of my life: music.
In the beginning of my explorations, I was just devouring it in any format I could get my hands on. Later on I entered a new phase: vinyl was the only media that felt right and I got hooked on it. Nowadays I can’t listen to music without the “drop the needle” moment.
What part of your set-up are you most proud of? If I would have to highlight one thing I take pride in, it would be the listening room. That’s where it all comes into light. It represents the sound I love and enjoy; “my little piece of vintage audio nirvana,” as one fellow HiFi connoisseur said to me.
My setup is a nice combination of German musical sturdiness in my Dual 704 turntable, plus the Scandinavian elegance of a Tandberg TR 2055 that feeds the huge sound of Wharfedale E50 speakers, a great example of British ingenuity in sound design that has been overlooked.
What does your record collection mean to you? My record collection represents my admiration towards Music, with a capital M. It covers musical creations from 1920s classical music with opera voices that have long left this world but live on shellac records, to the latest contemporary music on vinyl. It shows a long walk I took trough music, in various interesting ways. What I love about vinyl is that it lacks strength in numbers but surpasses in content. Even if you have one album you are on a great path.