This man has more than 600,000 vinyl records
Gavin Godbold’s record collection must be inching towards world record status in terms its expanse. Godbold fondly titles himself a “die-hard collector,” his status as such solidified by his placement eight record players at various locations in his home, each ready to play any one Godbold’s more than 600,000 vinyl albums.
Godbold’s passion for music has been lifelong: “My cousin was doing music, and he noticed when music was playing, I would stop carrying on and crying.” The soothing effect music has since persisted, leading Godbold to collect vinyl albums for a total fifty-years. “I love the feel, the covers, the sound, the smell the vinyl. It has its own special smell,” Godbold states the records.
Whereas many presume that vinyl is enjoying a comeback, Godbold counters that vinyl “never died” to begin with. “There’s a depth and warmth to vinyl]. The sound quality on vinyl is just unbelievable,” Godbold remarks. The comment is especially credible given its origin, the statement coming from a man who boasts a stockpile more than 600,000 records, the vinyl collection canvassing all different kinds musical styles and genres. “(People should listen to) everything by The Beatles, early Cold Chisel, and I’m an AC/DC fan for life,” Godbold says his own preferences.
As vinyl sales continue to ascend, Godbold’s store vinyl records commensurately grows in value, but Godbold has no intention selling the assortment, noting that he will instead pass the collection down to his children, an inheritance that will live on equally as long as Godbold’s love for music.