Records we do not buy: Broadway Showtunes, Opera, Comedy, Childrens, Christmas, Easy Listening, Reader’s Digest Box Sets, Sinatra and Streisand as well as most Country and Classical. Sorry – we do not buy CD’s.
45 RPM / 7′′ singles:
These records are seven inches across, usually have a large center hole, play at 45 RPM, and most often have one song on each side. Some people call them “seven inches,” others call them “45s” or “singles.”
The classic album format. They are 12′′ across, have small center holes, typically play at 33 1/3 RPM, and have several songs on a side. They are usually called “LPs,” “33s,” “albums,” or “records.”
These records became popular around the time of disco, and look a lot like LPs. They are also 12′′ across and have a small center hole, but unlike an LP, usually only have one song on each side. Many disco, dance, and rap singles came out on 12′′.
The first kind of popular record format 78s are usually made of shellac, and can be told from LPs or 45s by their unique size (10′′ across, sized in between 45s and LPs). They usually only have one song per side, and require a special type of needle and turntable to play.
10′′ LPs or Singles:
If you have a record that’s 10′′ in diameter (like a 78) but plays at 33 1/3 RPM and has several songs per side (like an album), you may have a 10′′ LP.