This year I actually did it. I managed to throttle back my spending on music to reasonably moderate levels. The “sales events” [out-of-town trips taking in record stores] were slim-to-none. Only some a pair of trips to Ohio saw us visiting the usual haunts there as well as a little new blood. In both cases, money spent on music was modest. Good! I’m still annoyed that there are still a handful records I need to finish off collections so that I can make a definitive CD of some rare material not yet in the digital domain. This is my primary interest and I have not really made any CDs for almost two years.
That was down to:
- buying a new computer in 2018 – the first in a decade
- said new computer having no disc burner since new computers lack this once common feature
- existing software incompatibilities rendering almost all of the software I use to make/design/print CDs null and void
- Having no more blank gold/archival/printable CD-R media on hand after buying a spindle of 100 at least four years ago
- My disc printer having its heads fatally clogged because I was not using it [see above]
- being poor
- lacking free time to spend on a pleasant hobby when more pressing issues were looming
So it’s taken almost two years but in 2020, I have:
- new DVD-RW drive
- new disc burning software
- new graphic design suite [goodbye Adobe!]
- new disc printer [I have been remembering to use it weekly so hopefully no head clog]
But I still need co$tly MAM-A gold printable CD-R media. And phase one of the big personal project I have been working on almost all 2019 has been completed, but phase two will be ongoing, albeit using a fraction of the time that the first phase did. Other than that, I still have two 7″ singles that I need to buy online to “finish” a few CD projects I have been buying releases for over the last two decades. Primarily Slow Children and Fingerprintz. This year they will reach completion! If I can only buy the two 45s and some blank media. It’s not looking good so far. There are numerous trips scheduled this year, including the BIG one. Traveling to the UK to see the Human Seventeen concert in London. I’m still failing to save sufficiently for that one so we’ll see if we manage to buy any music there.
Meanwhile, how did things shake out last year, scanty as they were?
Total titles purchased: 103 [↓56%]
Total expenditures: $636.22 [↓48%]
Average cost: $6.18/title [↑10%]
– LP: 6
– 12″: 12
– 7″: 15
– bundled: 2
Total costs and expenditures were down over 50% from last year, with average cost per unit 10% higher. This was down to the many purchases at merch tables and buying directly from the artist/label via crowdsourcing or web stores. These are full cost venues but least I can know that the artist will see maximum financial benefit in these cases. Though I’m cheap, I’m not heartless. Two big surprises were the larger influx of 7″ singles, though the 12″ purchases took a huge dive as my favorite analog single format became even more thin on the ground. The other big change was the doubling of DL totals from last year. This was down to either promo items [much obliged as Monk nods slightly and touches brim of Aztec Energy Cone®] or indie music available no other way.
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