Hundreds of music enthusiasts gather in Dalton to hunt for classic vinyl records at the first Central Berkshire Record Show | arts and culture

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DALTON – Denise Sperling remembered flipping through the albums one by one at Scott Burke’s salesman’s table from Troy, NY

“It’s very nostalgic, it reminds me of when I was younger,” said the Brooklyn, NY native, who now lives in Lanesborough.

Accompanied by her dog Presley, named after Elvis Presley because the dog was born in Memphis, Tennessee, Sperling talked about her collection of LPs (long-playing records for those too young to know).

“I have about a thousand albums, some I got growing up, some are replacements. I got back into [vinyl] about 20 years ago, because I’ve always had a turntable,” she said. “People come to listen, read the back of the album, they really get into it.”

Sperling was among hundreds of music enthusiasts on Sunday who searched through crates and cartons of vinyl records at the first-ever Central Berkshire Record Show.

Held in the historic Stationery Factory in the heart of this bucolic town, the show brought together 22 vinyl and CD vendors, three disc jockeys and a food truck serving delicious meals.

Andrew Garcia, show organizer and owner of Berkshirecat Records in the factory, designed the event to meet the needs of those seeking nostalgia.

“I wanted to create a high-end record show experience where there would be hundreds of cases of vinyl records (45 rpm and LPs), CDs, cassettes, etc., but also a place to sit, eat and drink and have a day. of it,” he said.

Garcia added that it’s hard to identify the explosive popularity of vinyl records.

“For some, vinyl has never gone out of style. These are the veteran diggers who love nothing more than spending hours rummaging through cases of vintage records. For others, their first experience with the medium has been picking up a pop album at Target,” he said.

According to the website lifeofvinyl.comthe demand for vinyl records has grown every year for the past 15 years and there is no sign of this growth stopping.

“As such, new artists are releasing records on thick, fast vinyl. Reissues of classic records and limited editions are also increasing with demand,” the website says.

Adams’ Jim Maselli is in his second round with classic records; its current collection is 1,500.

“I sold all my vinyl in my youth after the CDs came out,” the Adams resident said.

Maselli returned to vinyl when modern technology let it down.

“I had all my old songs on an old cell phone, but it died and I lost my music. I’ll never do that again,” he said.

Pittsfield’s Gena Johnson added to her 200-album collection by purchasing eight more diverse artists.

“Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, because he was a favorite of my grandfather and a favorite for generations in our family. And Joan Jett because who doesn’t love rock ‘n’ roll?” says Johnson.

The popularity of vinyl is also developing a younger demographic according to sellers.

Mike Curtin of Queensbury, NY, near Glens Falls, NY, was offering 1,000 LPs for sale averaging $8-$10 along with 1,500 CDs.

Curtin says the vinyl boom started a few years ago and he noticed more and more young people buying.

“I think it’s the whole hipster thing because you can do it on the cheap. We first noticed popularity on college campuses,” he said.

One of the record show’s youngest patrons, Eva DiSimoni of Pittsfield, received her very first turntable for Christmas.

The 13-year-old started her vinyl collection with five albums, including one of today’s digital music stars.

“I had the Taylor Swift version of ‘Fearless’,” she said.

As vinyl’s popularity continues to grow, so does the number of record releases, says David Marston of Manchester, NH.

Marston’s specialty is that he only sells 45 copies and he brought 4,000 with him to Dalton, leaving the 30,000 in his personal collection at home.

Why only 45 seconds?

“The record company can be more interested in two songs and give an artist who can’t produce an album a chance to [release] their music,” he said.

One of the DJs present only played 45s, DJ Pup Daddy from Pittsfield, also known as Tim Dupree.

“I’m the 45 guy. It’s the purest sound I know,” he said, showing a reporter the tattoos on both arms that read “45 rpm.”

Dupree swears by the longevity of vinyl compared to CDs.

“I have records that date back to 1949 and I can still play them,” he said.

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