Many residents in the Craig area still are holding onto their vinyl records, even as the market since has moved on to CDs and MP3s. They say they look at their 45s with nostalgia and could never give them up.

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Many residents in the Craig area still are holding onto their vinyl records, even as the market since has moved on to CDs and MP3s. They say they look at their 45s with nostalgia and could never give them up.

Vinyl records hold nostalgic value for Craig residents

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— Craig resident Danny Griffith holds onto a couple hundred pieces of his history.

It's not that his vinyl records have superior sound quality to more modern forms of music storage. In his opinion, compact disks sound much better than their turntable predecessors.

Still, there's something about the slick, black disks that transcend technology.

"There's something about the music," he said. "That part of my life is irreplaceable."

When Griffith began collecting records as a youth, times were different.

There were no iPods, MP3 players or music downloading sites on the Internet. If you wanted to listen to music on your terms, you bought a turntable and some records.

That's exactly what Griffith did in his younger years, gradually building his collection until he had a few hundred records.

But times changed.

Griffith watched vinyl records give way to eight-track tapes, which in turn yielded to smaller cassettes and later, CDs. MP3s, an audio compression format available online, now are rivaling the disk's popularity.

"Now, music comes out in different forms," he said. "Everybody - I mean everybody - (has) got a different way of playing music."

Griffith hasn't bought a vinyl record in years, he said, adding that playing records means setting up an unwieldy turntable.

He also wanted to take advantage of a better listening experience.

"When I heard my first compact disk, I knew then that tapes and vinyl records were history," he said.

That's not to say Griffith has written off vinyl records completely.

"It is nostalgic to throw an LP on the turntable," he said.

Like Griffith, Dave Pike has held onto vinyl records he gathered in earlier days. His collection includes about 600 records, many of which he bought as a high school and college student.

Although Pike doesn't make a point of collecting records these days, he will stop by the Community Budget Center occasionally, keeping an eye out for records that may be valuable.

Most of his records, though, are kept for sentimental reasons.

His favorite album in his collection: "Dark Side of the Moon," by Pink Floyd, a '70s acid rock band. He purchased the record when he was a sophomore in high school, he said.

When he wants to listen to "Dark Side of the Moon," he turns to his copy of the album on CD.

Some of his other favorite tunes, however, he only has on vinyl. He keeps his collection around for those times when he gets a hankering to hear something from bygone years.

"When I want to hear something I haven't heard in a long time, I'll go out and grab it and put it on," he said.

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