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Vinyl records make a comeback

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They're a blast from the past: record players, and it seems the musical medium is making its comeback.

Ryan Kickland, owner of Black Hills Vinyl says There's nothing like the sound produced by a vinyl record, and he compares it to mp3's being like fast food and vinyl being like fine dining. 

As a lifelong collector, Kickland always dreamed about opening a store.  "I'm a musician so music is just a huge part of my life and always has been so this is just a really natural step to take in terms of a business venture."

Eventually that dream turned into reality. Kickland and his wife opened Black Hills Vinyl last September.

Ryan's wife, Mel, added, "We came here and saw a need, and that was it. This is what we were going to do, have a record store."  

The demand for vinyl isn't limited just to the Black Hills. In fact, the Washington Post reports that vinyl record sales have hit the highest point since 1997, and Kickland believes it's all about the sound.  

Ryan said, "The sound quality on a clean good conditioned record is so much better on analog then digital, and there's also just a missing social component and that tactile component that you don't get with digital downloads and mp3's."  

Vinyl collectors say that it's not just the sound quality that draws them in.  

Black Hills Vinyl costumer Mark Theissen said, "As a kid buying records I do think I was influenced a lot by the artwork."  

Unlike a lot of business owners who order their inventory, the Kickland's spend countless hours scouring record shelves across the country to stock their store.

Kickland said, "We have to hunt, we have to travel, hit thrift stores, flea markets ... you know ... antique stores, auctions, and just anywhere you can think of."  

As record sales rise, Black Hills Vinyl is in the process of building more cabinets to display the 10,000 records they have in storage.

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