Record Collectors

Record Collector: Esa Laakkonen, aka mr.paavo

Esa Laakkonen lives in Finland, in a small town called Loviisa. He works in a laboratory and tries to keep a balance between a sporty and bohemian life style. Esa is also an animal lover and movie nerd, and he tells me that he spends a ton of bank on his music addiction. 

With that, I welcome Esa to the Record Collector club.

How long have you been collecting records?

I think I was maybe 8 or 9-years-old when I bought (or maybe i stole it, but don't tell anyone) my first CD: Iron Maiden, Live After Death. But in mid-'90s, I really started to collect records. Green day, The Offspring, NOFX, and a Finnish band Apulanta really got me started collecting. Vinyl I started to buy a little bit later. So, basically, I've been collecting over 20 years, sometimes more often than other times.

Where/how do you usually find your records these days?

I live in the middle of nowhere and the closest record stores are quite far away, so I buy most of my records online. I love hunting at nighttime, surfing online on different websites searching for records. But the best thing is the actual digging at the record stores and flea markets. And I love to do that especially when I'm travelling in other countries.

What is the most you paid for a single record, where/how did you obtain it, and what was it?

Nine Inch Nails' With Teeth LP for 150€. The record store where I buy most of my records sent me message that they got this item on sale. I bought it right away without any hesitation.


2000 followers�� Kiitos, thanks, tack, merci, gracias, danke, dank u... that's all what I know����❤�� NIN - With teeth. OG press. This album was my first post here, I think..yes it was�� After "The fragile" NIN became my favorite artist and Reznor god-like genius. This is the second best from them, in my opinion. This was maybe a little softer than their previous releases, but show Reznors sense of rhythm at its best. There are no bad tracks on this album, but the real masterpieces and the highlights are "Only" and " Right where it belongs". NIN came to Finland for the first time when this album was released, and it was and still is the best show I have seen. By the way, did you know that Dave Grohl plays the drums in a number of tracks on this album..? Well now you know�� #nowspinning#nin#nineinchnails#withteeth#trentreznor#alternativerock#industrialrock#davegrohl

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Of everything in your current collection, what is your most prized record and why?

I have to say NIN again. I have the original press of The Fragile, which is one of my favourite albums and its really hard to find. Beautiful press.

Is there anything that frustrates you about the current record collecting scene?

The record prices are very high in Finland, both new and used ones.

Which records are still on your want list that you've had a tough time tracking down through the years? 

Eels vinyl, Smashing Pumpkins' older stuff... I don't know. Actually, there are many records that I would like to have. The hunting never stops.


A year ago Elsa came to us❤ A true nutcase.. Hanging in curtains, jumping on the walls, biting the phone chargers, biting just about anything, pretty much always doing something what she should not do�� So you may have already guessed that what this Iron Reagan album have to do with Elsa... One day I caught her when she was biting this album cover and now there is a small hole at the top. So I guess that this is Elsa's favorite, which is perfect. Iron Reagan is full of energy, attitude and fire, just like Elsa�� I love that cute little shit�� #nowspinning#ironreagan#crossoverministry#lp#vinyl#vinyls#vinyljunkie#vinylporn#vinylclub#vinyligclub#vinylcommunity#vinylcollector#vinylcollection#vinylcollectionpost#vinyloftheday#ihaveathingforvinyl#instavinyl#vinyladdict#records#vinylrecords#recordcollector#recordcollection#trashmetal#crossover#cat#catsofinstagram

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