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For some, vinyl still scratches the surface

April 15, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

In an era when CDs are losing their foothold in the music industry, there are music fans who don't care, and it's not because these fans are downloading music.

They are sticking to vinyl.

"A CD player? What am I going to do with that?" asked Judy Kell, 55, of Chambersburg, Pa., who collects vinyl records.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that CD music sales have sharply declined. Despite the decline in the more up-to-date way to listen to music, old-school vinyl records are still hanging on to a small fan base: collectors and older music enthusiasts who don't see the point in switching music platforms.

They are people like Judy Kell, who still listens to records and just recently stopped listening to eight-track tapes.

"They're just so hard to find anymore," Kell said. "At one point, all we could find was Christmas music."

Another reason Kell ditched the eight-tracks was because she and her family recently replaced their 1978 Buick Electra, equipped with a functional eight-track player, with a '90s-model car that came with a CD player.


Kell is married to Richard Kell, who owns Record City in Chambersburg. They admit that they are behind the times when it comes to technology.

"She still has cassette tapes," 20-year-old Mary Kell said of her mother.

Judy and Richard Kell have nary a cell phone or MP3 player between them, and they rarely if ever use e-mail. But they see their children using the technology.

"One night our daughter was sitting on the couch playing songs from her laptop. It was just like a jukebox," Richard Kell said. "Our son is the same way. That's how they do it now."

Judy Kell said she doubts she'll be like her children and start swapping her records for online downloads.

"I get tired of changing. I don't need to. What's the point?" she said. "If you have (the music) at your fingertips all the time, it's not a treat."

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