Re: CD cheap Vinyl expensive.
I still have about 1000 vinyl albums that I just cannot part with. I was getting them on to CD using my old Thorens belt drive turntable with a Shure V15 Type 3 cartridge but that finally died. I was getting some pretty good results that way since my albums are in great condition.
I recently got an Audio Technica USB turntable for $100 and have been using that but the wav files need a bit if tweaking. My Thorens/Shure combo was much better. If done right though it's not bad for $100 if you don't mind tweaking the files.
I pretty much avoid buying MP3's online because I like to rip songs to MP3 myself. I don't know if I can get back into buying vinyl again or if the stuff I like will even be available on vinyl.