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    Posted: June 01 2013 at 13:07
When I discovered Prog I went through a phase where I kept on  buying, buying, and buying, only sometimes curtailed by financial constrains. In the meantime my purchasing has slowed down tremendously (despite my purchasing power having increaesed), despite a lot of bands and albums being out there that have not yet found their way into my collection.. I kind of feel I have enough music now in my collection. I have actually so much good stuff that I feel a bit sad that I dont have enough time to listen to many of the great albums regularly. According to my itunes, it would take me 52 days of non stop listening to get through all of my albums.
 
I now made a concious decission to stop buying music. The only exception are some of my favourite bands who are still atcive. So when Rush, Spock´s Beard, Phideaux, Transatlantic, Galahad, IQ, and some more bring out something new, I buy it. But I actually don´t want to discover new artists anymore.
 
Any simmilar sentimenst out there? How do you feel about your collections? Have they reached a point of saturation in terms of quantity?


Edited by King Manuel - June 01 2013 at 13:38
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You are a kindred spirit although I put the brakes on partially because of space considerations partly because of finances.  You might say I have developed a Fear Of Music.  At least new discoveries with exceptions of course.  Best to discover new artists without too many albums.  The past year I have discovered The Samuel Jackson Five, Stereokimono, Nadav Remez, and The Tea Club.  I've got a bunch more artists than you do that are on my must get when new list.  I make it a point that if I'm going to have something in my collection then I'm going to listen to it sooner or later.  To that end I do various kinds of cycling through the titles.  I think my last cycle took about three years.  Right now I am on a travel back in time cycle and doing new music and/or releases from 2001.  I also used to give the new stuff heavy rotation for about a month, but now that I am collecting less I don't worry about that as much.  I have a twenty or so title flipper that I keep in the music room.  The rest of the collection is stashed in the library room at the opposite end of the house.
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Prog Mastermen needs must have formidable collections at their back.
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same here man, however recently I've made the decision to get rid of all my CDs and just buy vinyl from now on, and re-buy what I have on cd on vinyl
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progosopher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2013 at 14:39
Too big? Never!  As the missus once said, "You can never have too many books or too much music."  That was before she really knew me and discovered just how much music there is out there.  At the moment, I am in a similar situation to Slartibartfast - I am running out of room, something the missus keeps reminding me of.  Too big for my living situation, yes.  But for my thirst for good music, no, not ever.  While I am open to new music, I do not seek it so avidly as I used to, which is ironic because I listen frequently to new releases on  Progstreaming, which is what I am doing right now.  Lots of good RPI on that site.
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Originally posted by Prog_Bassist Prog_Bassist wrote:

same here man, however recently I've made the decision to get rid of all my CDs and just buy vinyl from now on, and re-buy what I have on cd on vinyl
I find this very interesting since for decades collectors, including myself to a small extent, were doing just the opposite.
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Absolutely not.
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My collection has become quite large over the years (since I started in the mid 60s). I have over 500 old vinyl albums and no idea how many cds (close to a thousand). I switched to electronic files a few years ago due to storage issues. I have 650GB and 1 TB external drives for storage, so the 400GB of music I have now is no problem. Between my books and music I ran out of room to store the physical media. I know some of you will criticize about sound quality, but my ears are now so old it makes little difference. It's also much easier to access.
So I guess my answer would be no. My collection will never be too big. There's just too much good music being created and I don't want to limit one of my true passions- life is too short.
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Originally posted by 10mb 10mb wrote:

 life is too short.

...to ever listen to all of it.Wink
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My mp3 discography collection: 1.1157 bands.
But I listen to the album at my computer a few times, if I like it, I buy it (if I find and when I have money). Yeah, I think I will never stop buying albums...
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Originally posted by King Manuel King Manuel wrote:

I actually don´t want to discover new artists anymore.
 
Any simmilar sentimenst out there?

No. Never. The more I discover, the more my tastes involve and the more broad a basis of inspiration I have for my own writing.

To stop expanding your horizons is to stagnate, both artistically and in any other domain of life. I will never stop searching for music that could potentially be better to me than that which I've already heard. That's the whole reason for me spending so much time on PA in the first place and exactly what brought me here.

I never thought my tastes would change the way they did after listening to so much stuff I never would have found if not for this site, and now I can't imagine my life without these artists. I had never heard of Opeth, Discipline, or Riverside and possible never would have. Why not keep looking? I have no reservation having my favorites change further. I like change.

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I have most of what i want already, and have become very picky and selective about what i will actually purchase in the future. And i find i spend more time on listening to my favorites (for instance, Triumvirat, Passport, Historical Bruckner) with some things unfortunately getting ignored. I guess now when i think of adding something new to my collection, i have to have a really strong reason to want it to go thru with it. Being super picky can have advantages, i guess. I pretty well have just the right amount of selection, so i don't need much more. Not many more will get through my picky, new additions process.
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Originally posted by Man With Hat Man With Hat wrote:

Absolutely not.


What he said. 
If I have to, I'll throw away the cutlery for more storage room.
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I have to keep re-thinking my CD organization/storage to allow for its growth.  It's a labor of love, so I don't mind.  My goal is to have something akin to a library, not just a collection.  Within reasonable financial limits, of course.  But I've been collecting for over 30 years, and I've never NOT been into music, so I don't see it stopping.
And I'm always on the lookout for new groups I missed - both brand new artists and old obscurities, bands fitting a certain mood I'm in.


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Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

I have most of what i want already, and have become very picky and selective about what i will actually purchase in the future. And i find i spend more time on listening to my favorites (for instance, Triumvirat, Passport, Historical Bruckner) with some things unfortunately getting ignored. I guess now when i think of adding something new to my collection, i have to have a really strong reason to want it to go thru with it. Being super picky can have advantages, i guess. I pretty well have just the right amount of selection, so i don't need much more. Not many more will get through my picky, new additions process.
I'm not being totally candid, here. I find i can't go without buying music, yes, i am more picky, but i find i always find something to buy anyway.
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My Prog collection? No.
My records collection, if looking at my tiny flat, that I must share with my brother? Yes.

Frankly, if I had the budget AND the available space, there are some Italian Progressive records I would buy right now (not to talk about some missing masterpieces such as nearly all albums by Genesis, Jethro Tull or ELP!)
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^^LOL
I know exactly what you mean - even when I'm broke I buy music.


Edited by Guldbamsen - June 01 2013 at 17:54
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My collection of RPI obliged me to remove meat for two years. That was very hard for the spaghetti bolognaise Sick
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Originally posted by hellogoodbye hellogoodbye wrote:

My collection of RPI obliged me to remove meat for two years. That was very hard for the spaghetti bolognaise Sick


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