Vinyl Spotlight: Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 (Liberty Mono Pressing)

As a jazz lover and record collector, I am very fortunate to live near New York and its dusty record stores, as well as fellow collectors like the namesake of this blog, Mr. Mono himself. If we can’t hunt for LPs together in person, he will sometimes send me pictures of any records I might be interested in from the stores in the city — and… More→

Deep Groove Mono Welcomes Our Newest Contributor, Charles Strong

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together and give a warm welcome to our new contributor, Charles Strong of West Hartford, Connecticut! A Louisiana native, Charles grew up in a house filled with the sounds of his father’s collection of jazz and latin records. Charles grew up liking a lot of different kinds of music, then one day he had… More→

Deep Groove Mono and the Great Groove Width Mystery

Before stereo sounded the death knell of the mono format in the late 1960s, mono records were made with the intention of being played with a conical stylus measuring one thousandth of an inch, also known as 1 “mil”, at its longest radius. On the other hand, stereo records have always been made for styli with a smaller, more modern… More→

Post Update: “Groove Wear: The Elephant in the Record Store”

At the request of a couple passionate Deep Groove Mono readers, we have updated and expanded our article on groove wear to include sources and many other goodies. Mainly, there was a counterclaim that vintage cartridges did not track above 5 grams. Admittedly, this original claim of mine was more of a conjecture that lacked hard… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Lee Morgan, The Cooker (Original Mono Pressing)

A while ago I happened upon the YouTube channel of “KoolKatJazz”, a collector who takes pride in finding cheap original pressings of vintage jazz records that, while perhaps grade VG or lower, sound great at times nonetheless. Being a collector on a pretty strict budget made me think that this might be a collecting strategy I might want to… More→

Deep Groove Mono Is Removing Comments from Posts

There’s something about the Internet that has a tendency to bring out the worst in people, namely prejudice, close-mindedness, and personal attacks in instances where a simple, respectful debate would do. In light of this and several disheartening exchanges I’ve had with other collectors of late, Deep Groove Mono has decided to… More→