There's something special about vinyl. It could be a record's versatility, its maneuverability, the crackle of the needle skimming the surface whatever the je ne sais quoi element happens to be, it's kept records around longer than any other music medium. Emile Berliner patented the first gramophone sound system in 1887, which used glass records (later replaced by zinc, then plastics). Alas, the eight-track just didn't have that kind of staying power.
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There probably won't be any glass or zinc records at the Denver Record Collector's Spring Expo, but the event will feature more than forty dealers from all over the country, occupying nearly 100 display tables with hard-to-find CDs, LPs, 45s, posters and memorabilia for just about every genre of music and music lover. So spin 'round to the Ramada Plaza & Convention Center, 10 East 120th Avenue (I-25 and 120th), between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. today; admission is a measly $2. For more information, call 303-455-8408 or visit www.bigk.com.
Sun., April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.