About this project
Devoted to the discovery and sharing of vinyl
There's something inherently special about vinyl records. It's a tangible experience. The beautiful 12" artwork, the uniquely warm sound, and the rich feeling of analog.
We believe every piece of vinyl tells a unique story — a record of where it has been and where it may go. Secondhand vinyl is a long-loved tradition from the worn edges of the cardboard sleeve to the distinctly rich tones. It’s a narrative that tells of someone who loved records and understood their timeless value. We believe this story should continue its journey to you and to a community of vinyl lovers.
We want to bring the experience of hand-curated music right to your door. So we've come up with VNYL. A new service devoted to the discovery and sharing of vinyl.
The analog journey of a record from user to user. A community of the curious, the believers, those that believe there's something magical about a piece of wax imprinted with music.
We believe that the sound of vinyl can’t be replicated by streaming, downloads, or CDs. It’s special, it’s analog, it’s different, real, and tangible. We believe in promoting vinyl in the best way we know how - by curating simple packages that you can vibe with.
How It Works
We ask you what "vibes" you’re into — maybe it’s for a #dinnerparty, #gamenight, or just a cozy #rainyday. Then we hand-curate 3 LPs and ship them your way. Humans at the helm. No algorithms or maxing out your data plan. Just creating the easiest way for you to find great stuff to listen to without having to spend hours bin diving at your local record store.
Spend all the time you want listening to music as (we feel) music was intended to be experienced.
Once you’ve enjoyed listening to your records thoroughly, you can send them back (return shipping is on us) or you can decide to keep them for as low as $12 each.
Share your thoughts and memories from the records on our paper sleeve insert. The memories you share continue on vinyl’s analog journey from listener to listener.
Pick. Play. Repeat. (just to recap)
- VNYL hand-curates 3 albums each shipment based on what you're into.
- Each shipment containing 3 LPs arrives via USPS.
- First shipment contains instructions on how to setup your VNYL account.
- Listen for as long as you like.
- When done, return the vinyl in our pre-paid shipping sleeves...
- OR keep the ones you love (we charge you around $12 each).
- We ship out 3 more LPs after we receive the return shipment.
- Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We want you to love VNYL: email [at] vnyl [dot] org.
What’s the Backer Money For
- Shipping to and from VNYL
- Small garage to pack and ship from
We plan to get you your first shipment of vinyl in February 2015.
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Risks and challenges
What keeps us up at night is curating amazing "vibes" for everyone who backs our project. It could get challenging for the 4 main aficionados we have. That's why we're enlisting help from some cool record store folks who think this experiment has tons of merit.
We think because the project is uniquely "analog" and non-techie, it removes a lot of the barriers to potentially hitting issues with our backers.
We'll be super bummed if records break in transit, but we think we've picked some quality packaging to avoid that pitfall.
This curated approach may not be for everyone, but we think there's quite a few people with turntables yet little access to quality record stores offering vinyl at reasonable prices.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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