The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

12 January 2004

Seven inches every time

Dear Michele:

No matter where you go, you'll find that it's the finest folks who have preserved their 45s for posterity.

Of course, posterity doesn't always appreciate our gifts, but so what else is new?

Posted at 9:15 AM to Outgoing Mail , Tongue and Groove


I actually did collect 45s until the late 80's. I worked in a record store at the time and I purchased almost everyting that came in as an import (7 inches, not 45s, of course) and a few domestic picture sleeves.

I think I'll dig them out today.

Posted by: michele at 9:36 AM on 12 January 2004

I've lost a few over a years, but I still have about a thousand of the little darbs, and I noted with glee that at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, not only do they still sell 45s, but they still sell the yellow plastic spindle inserts. I bought a pack, not because I needed them, but because I wanted to, um, encourage continued stocking.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:19 AM on 12 January 2004

I just bought 2 boxes of CD-Rs that are printed to look like 45s! And since most of the music I downloaded from Audiogalaxy (way back when) was recorded from someone's old LP collection-- it even sounds like a record.

Posted by: Donna at 11:37 AM on 12 January 2004

I've got some of those. (Verbatim also now makes DVD-Rs which look vaguely like film reels.)

It's possible to clean up vinyl to an incredible extent, but not if seventy-six people have done the Bristol Stomp on the surface.

Posted by: CGHill at 12:26 PM on 12 January 2004

Of course under the proviso that the aforementioned 76 are "sharp as a pistol" or the kids will be outraged.

Posted by: paulsmos at 2:06 PM on 12 January 2004

I've got a question...

[deliberately trying to make you feel old] What's a 45?

Posted by: Ravenwood at 11:29 AM on 13 January 2004

I know what a .45 is, but not a 45.

Posted by: Ravenwood at 11:30 AM on 13 January 2004