I have a pair of Technics 1200s, mixer, coffin, which I have had for a decade yet rarely used. I'm not a professional DJ, bought these when I had the notion I might learn to DJ, but never pursued it. So now this stuff is just taking up room. I am more serious about playing guitar and have also been making music using Reaper DAW. I'm thinking I could sell the turntables, and maybe put the money into a better guitar or something.
The thing that stops me, though, is that I have a nice collection of vinyl (IMO). Maybe 100 or so albums. I collected some of what were the greatest trance and progressive trance tracks from the 1999-2001 era, and then there's also some vintage classic rock (Rolling Stones, Doors, etc.) and some other miscellaneous stuff. I don't see myself every spinning, but I do think I still want access to this music.
One thought I had was to keep one turntable. But I think these turntables would be easier to sell as a pair, and I could then perhaps buy a relatively cheaper but still good record player.
Another thought I had was to figure out how to rip / convert my records to digital files on my computer, and then I could sell both turntables and the records, too. I understand there are programs / plugins that would allow me to sample these songs from digital recordings similar to having them on a record player, perhaps even with virtual scratching, if I wanted to get into sampling any of the music in my own original works. It's not something I've done yet, but I could see it happening some day.
So, I guess the question is, has anyone else converted a record collection to a virtual collection / digital music files, and have any advice on the pros/cons of that?