His passion for music began at the age of 14 when he’d saved £800 from working in his parents’ pub and used it to buy a Technics amplifier and CD player and a pair of Jay Mo speakers. “That was the start of my journey with hi-fi,” he says. “Today I buy my equipment from high-end dealers such as Hi-Fi Lounge and Hi-Fi Trading Station.”
Moore has been collecting and playing vinyl since the age of 16 and admits to having an eclectic taste in music, from the rock pop of Oasis and Radiohead to the heavy metal of Metallica and the more extreme Rammstein. What’s special about vinyl, he says, is its unique sound.
He says: “People might assume that it’s warmer because of the non-digital format, but I find with the right components it’s actually way more open and detailed, the vocals are more realistic, the mid-range is more clear and detailed, and the bass has more depth and punch and warmth.”
Moore has built up his prized hi-fi over the last 25 years. He says: “I’m continually upgrading and finding a unique sound that I like, breaking all the components down to pre amps, power amps, and phono amps, cartridges, speakers, and step-up transformers, to get a sound that is high end and suited to my musical taste.”
Moore estimates that his current hi-fi system is worth around £250,000, and his vinyl collection somewhere in the region of £50,000. Monetary value aside, it is the calming effect of his most treasured possession that makes it really special. “It certainly helps me escape from the pressures of life,” he says. “I can put a record on and the challenges of running a multi-million pound business seem to just disappear.”
When it comes to caring for valuable vinyls and hi-fi systems, Keith Tonge, creative director of PMC Speakers, offers some practical advice. “Always use soft implements when cleaning hi-fi equipment or speakers, be careful not to push tweeters or drivers to avoid damaging them, and be gentle if you are touching them,” he says. “Just as a car has an MOT every year, you should schedule regular check-ups and servicing of electronics by professionals to keep them running at their best.”
To protect your vinyl, replace paper inner sleeves with good quality anti-static sleeves, and don’t store them near a heat source. “Remember to change your stylus regularly, as an old worn stylus can damage the vinyl,” adds Tonge.
“As people’s collections grow, the question of insurance naturally comes up, particularly as more valuable records are obtained or the collection becomes valuable enough that it would not be easily replaced,” says Dave Frampton, content manager at Hiscox UK. “Hiscox Home Insurance covers your most treasured items – including collections and sets – and will go above and beyond to protect possessions, including covering any loss in value should an item need to be repaired, and any increased value of pairs or sets should one item become lost or damaged.”
Words by Alison Coleman