Collector Interview: Missy

Posted on October 07 2015

album separators for 45s

Missy of Dallas, TX is a relatively new vinyl collector, but her collection of 12" albums and 45s is quite impressive. Missy alphabetizes her collection by first name, and uses a set of 6 panel stencil HORIZONTAL A-Z RECORD DIVIDERS and a 6 panel set of stencil VERTICAL RECORD DIVIDERS for her 45s. Missy was kind enough to share some photos of her beautiful new home, and her stylish set up. Missy writes, "I started with an inexpensive Crosley, but my sister got me a beautiful red Pro-ject turntable for Christmas, and I love it.  I use it with the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 amplifier, and it sounds amazing".

Read on to learn more about her love of Punk, Hair Metal and her guilty vinyl pleasures.

album organizers by kate koeppel

How do you organize your collection? 
Alphabetical by first name.  It’s the easiest way to go directly to the one I want when I want it.  
Top 3 albums: 
This is a tough one because it changes all the time.  Here are my top 3 as of right now.  

The Clash, London Calling, 1979
Guns ’N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction, 1987
Bad Religion, Recipe for Hate, 1993

Favorite music genre:
Nowadays it’s Punk.  But I’m a product of the 90’s and I still love Hair Metal as much as I did back then.  

Best party album:
The Aggrolites self-titled.  Impossible not to dance to it.  

Best album to listen to alone:
Journey, Escape.  Guilty pleasure.  

Last record you purchased:
Positive Songs for Negative People, Frank Turner.  Absolutely brilliant!

Hard to find album you're in search of:
Pascal Briggs & The Stokers/Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss split 

Size of your collection:
About 350

Give us a breakdown of your collection: how much is used vs how much is new?
Slightly more new than used.  

How long have you been collecting records? How did you get into it?
I’ve only been collecting for about 2 years now.  My sister has always been into it, and she inspired me to try it myself.  

Why vinyl?
A number of punk bands that I love, including Old Firm Casuals, started putting out releases that you could only get on vinyl, and I really wanted to be able to own and listen to them.  

Where do you hunt for vinyl?
My favorite place for browsing is The Hub in Long Beach (formerly known as Durty Mick’s).  They have a great selection of punk but also other genres as well.  It’s impossible for me to go in and not leave without several purchases.  I also love Oi! The Boat and Pirate’s Press for internet shopping.