Why 78RPM records missed the vinyl resurgence

Why 78RPM records missed the vinyl resurgence



As a record and music store owner with years spent closely examining an ever-changing market through the world of vintage music, I've seen the resurgence of records bring a new generation into the warm embrace of analog. LPs and 45s have rightfully claimed the throne, becoming the darlings of the vinyl revival. But, as we revel in the crackles and pops, I can't help but wonder about the forgotten hero which started it all – the 78RPM records. 

Let's dive into the mysteries of why these larger, seemingly overlooked discs failed to ride the waves of the vinyl resurgence despite their historical significance, which Mile High Vinyl soon hopes to help turn around after they are introduced through our store. 

The Slow Evolution of Technology: 

The 78RPMs were pioneers in recorded music, setting the stage for the vinyl revolution. However, as technology evolved, the microgroove LPs and 45s stole the limelight. With enhanced playtime and superior sound quality, the 78s found themselves outpaced and left in the dusty corners of nostalgia. 

Inconvenience in a Fast-Paced World: 

In the hustle and bustle of the 21st century, music enthusiasts crave convenience. The 78s, with their fragility and limited playtime, struggled to keep up with the demand for longer, uninterrupted listening experiences. The vinyl revival favored versatility, and the 78s were left on the fringes. 

Genre Dynamics: 

As music genres continued to evolve, the 78s faced a crisis of identity. The LPs and 45s seamlessly adapted to the changing sounds of rock, pop, and electronic music, but the 78s struggled to find a place in these dynamic landscapes. 

A Niche in the Collector's Market: 

Collectors wield significant influence in the vinyl market, shaping trends and driving demand. The 78s, unfortunately, failed to capture the imagination of collectors who were more drawn to the allure of classic LPs and rare 45s. In the race for vintage gems, the 78s lagged behind. 

Economic Realities: 

In the current era, where maximizing profits often dictates industry decisions, the production costs of 78RPM records proved to be a stumbling block. The fragile nature and larger size of these discs made them less cost-effective compared to the more economically viable LPs and 45s. 

As we celebrate the vinyl resurgence, let's spare a thought for the 78RPM records – the unsung heroes of a bygone era. Perhaps, as the vinyl revival continues to unfold, these forgotten relics will find a new audience, completing the circle of analog appreciation. Until then, let the 78s rest in the archives, waiting for their moment to once again echo through the halls of musical history. 

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