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Before vinyl was used for records, the first flat discs were known as shellac records.
Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, and was mixed with other materials to create a hard, durable surface for the recording of music.
Shellac records were the dominant form of recorded music from the late 1800s until the mid-1940s, when they were replaced by vinyl records.
Despite their popularity, shellac records had a number of limitations, including a relatively low volume and poor sound quality compared to vinyl.
Unlike brittle glass and shellac records, vinyl records could be played countless times without breaking or degrading the sound quality. This made them a more practical and reliable option for the growing record industry.
Vinyl became the material of choice for record-making due to its durability and ability to produce high-quality sound.
In addition to their durability, vinyl records also offered superior sound quality compared to shellac and other materials.
This was due to the fact that vinyl is a highly resilient material that can hold onto the intricate grooves that are cut into it during the record-making process. These grooves, which are created using a high-precision stylus, contain the sound waves that are played back when the record is spun on a turntable.
The use of vinyl in record-making continued to evolve over the years, with advances in technology allowing for even higher-quality sound and more intricate grooves to be cut into the Singles, LPs, and EPs.
Today, vinyl remains a popular choice among audiophiles who appreciate the warm, rich sound that only vinyl records can provide.
Despite the rise of digital music formats, vinyl continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many music lovers.
The ritual of putting on a vinyl record, carefully lowering the needle onto the spinning disc, and listening to the music unfold is an experience like no other.
It’s a reminder of the rich history of record-making and the timeless appeal of the vinyl format.
And vinyl just plain rocks!