By Ron Matz

CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—The hottest new audio technology may surprise you. Vinyl is making a major comeback, and Saturday there’s a celebration in Baltimore and across the country.

Ron Matz reports in the record business, everything old is new again.

Take a spin and enjoy the music. This is Trax on Wax in Catonsville. No tapes or CDs. This is LP heaven.

Gary Gebler took a gamble and opened his record store five years ago.

“I opened up five years ago and haven’t looked back since,” Gebler said. “People thought I was nuts. I thought I was nuts. I didn’t think I would last five months let alone five years, so it’s been an amazing journey.”

He’s a vinyl believer.

“Everyone remembers their first album. No one remembers their first download,” Gebler said.

Even high school students are getting into the groove.

Vinyl sales were up 32 percent last year.

“It’s a warm feeling you get when you listen to an album,” Gebler said. “It’s kind of like an electrocardiogram. A CD goes straight across, flat line. A record album sound goes up and down. You get the high highs and the low lows and it just makes you feel good.”

On Saturday, there will be new releases for Record Store Day, including The Doors and more.

Record Store Day will also include the sale of a special Crosley turntable.

“We’ll have live music with a real popular local band called The Manly Deeds. We’ve got prizes and giveaways and tons of limited edition products just to sell on that day,” Gebler said.

A love affair with an old friend, the record store is your vinyl destination.

“We have the ‘Wizard of Oz’ on emerald green vinyl. We have ‘Ghostbusters’ on slime green vinyl. We’ve got The Doors re-release; it’s a double record set just for Record Store Day. And the Dave Matthews Band ‘Live Trax’ will be hot; it’s on orange vinyl,” Gebler said.

Saturday is the seventh annual Record Store Day. For more information on what’s happening in Baltimore, click here.

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