Vinyl record show a music lover's paradise

Music fans come out to the Kalamazoo County Expo Center for a vinyl record show Sunday. (WWMT/Jake Berent)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Some people say the vinyl record industry died decades ago, but don’t dare say that in Kalamazoo.

It was a nostalgic music lover’s dream Sunday at the CD and Record Show at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center.

“You can find a lot of nice records. You can find some great ones for $1, or some extremely rare cuts for $1,000,” said Rod Branham, the organizer of the show.

Thousands of CDs, tapes, records and posters were on sale as vinyl enthusiasts spent hours combing through collections for their favorite music.

Branham says for real vinyl fans there’s some rare records you’ll only find at shows like this, but for anyone wanting to start a collection, there’s plenty of quality bargain buys to get you started. Branham says you can’t beat the sound of vinyl, as opposed to today’s digital music.

“You lose all the high ends and the low ends on the CDs, but on the vinyl they’re there. It’s an analog signal which really has it all over the digital,” said Branham.

If you missed out on the show, Branham will be hosting another show at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center on February 18.

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