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Forum Description: Just where do we buy records? (Record shops welcome here!)
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Topic: My Favorite Record Shop
Posted By: Sturgus
Subject: My Favorite Record Shop
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2016 at 11:01pm
I know we have music lovers from all over. Where do you like to get your Vinyl from? I live in the Midwest and this is one of my fav shops. What's yours?
http://www.euclidrecords.com/

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Posted By: BAK
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2016 at 11:52pm
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/e11051.m44.l1181/7?euid=c79fb48396ef43c5804f4289a60cfeb4&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fmyworld.ebay.com%2Frileys.newyorker - rileys.newyorker on EBAY has a lot of very good vinyl at decent prices.
He is in New Jersey.


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Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2016 at 5:02pm
My nearest record shop is 'Sound It Out' records as featured in the last record shop movie. Good new and second hand stock, friendly helpful staff. One of the best things about Stockton-On-Tees, Hi fi sound being another!

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Jon

Open mind and ears, whilst owning GSP Genera, Accession, Elevator EXP, Solo ULDE, Proprius amps, Cusat50 cables, Lautus digital cable, Spatia cables and links, and a Majestic DAC.


Posted By: DaveG
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2016 at 5:43pm
Fairly spoilt for choice round my neck of the woods. There's Casbah records in Greenwich, Wanted Music in Beckenham. Head and HMV in Bromley for new vinyl (I refuse to call them vinyls!!). All within about 1.5 miles. There's also the Orpington Record Fair once a month, though I've yet to remember which day it's on Embarrassed. So there are a couple of advantages to living in London

Still miss Beano's in Croydon though, could easily spend a day in there. You could even eat & drink there so you didn't have to leave!! Sadly it didn't last to see this vinyl revival.







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Dave

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Posted By: frimmers3
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2016 at 9:20pm
I would unhesitatingly recommend Ben's records, in The Tunsgate, Guildford Surrey. A wealth of pre-owned vinyl/cd's ,a selection of new releases, all at sensible prices. As a bonus, the owner will "put by" titles for you as he becomes accustomed to your preferences . A big thumbs up!

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Posted By: Sturgus
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2016 at 5:21am
Look's like you guys across the way have some really nice shops. Maybe one day I will get a chance to get over there and do a little shopping.
Sturgus

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Pioneer pd-75/ squeezebox


Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2016 at 5:06pm
Thank you for creating this thread Sturgus Thumbs Up

Record shops have given me many friends and other acquaintances over the years and this includes the proprietors of quite a few local ones which I regularly support:

VOD Music Mold - Colin
Grey 'n Pink Chester - Mike
Moonlight Wrexham - Brian
Convoy Frodsham - Rupert

I consider myself very fortunate that I am part of a healthy and vibrant music loving community and also that we (mostly) have very tolerant wives who encourage us. On visiting one of those stores above, I often find that someone has made me a CD, left a recommendation of music to try, a forthcoming gig that we will meet at, or sometimes a sample of 'new' vinyl cleaning fluid to try, once even a high magnification monocle for inspecting a stylus! The most recent & bizarre was a bag behind the counter containing the return of two LPs I had lent out plus various baby clothes & a pack of unused Pampers nappies for our new Granddaughter (another shopper whom I know, saw one of the LPs and commented that the nappies were because of my s**t music taste!)

Next Saturday, I and one of my mates will be queuing from 2:30am Saturday morning for Record Store Day and even at this ungodly hour the atmosphere will be fantastic, catching up with other regulars (some of whom have been coming every year as we do), sharing flasks of coffee, bacon butties etc, listening to the various local musicians who set up in the street and then about 7am, all the nearby coffee shops start bringing out free bits 'n bobs for us to sample. Whilst queuing we also have a ritual where we share 'wanted' lists backwards in the queue & if there are people who will purchase fewer than the max 10 quota, we help each other out and buy for them too, with money changing hands later in the day.

There is also a second hand record fair, several bands playing in the same venue and everything finishes early afternoon where a large group of us take over a local cafe (ie why several attempt to 'bribe' us in the morning) & compare purchases, hand over & pay for anything we owe to each other etc. We all go home happy, broke and knackered.

I also recommend anyone who is keen on music and wants to support Indie shops, to download the 'Vinyl District' app to their smartphone - it gives you the location & distance to any premises selling music in your vicinity. I use it all over the world - in fact in Boise Idaho last week, I not only discovered 'The Record Exchange' (fabulous place where I was 'compelled' to purchase a big haul of second hand LPs, mostly $2-$6 ea) but it happened to be part of the 3 day Treefort Music Festival & I saw a few local bands too.

Please support Record Store Day next Saturday 16th April if you can.....


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Andrew


Posted By: ServerBaboon
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2016 at 6:06pm
Originally posted by Drewan77 Drewan77 wrote:

I also recommend anyone who is keen on music and wants to support Indie shops, to download the 'Vinyl District' app to their smartphone - it gives you the location & distance to any premises selling music in your vicinity.
 Thumbs Up Tells me there is a shop in Afleck's palace I didn't know was there.


Being from Manchester (ish) I feel the need to plug Piccadilly records for the sheer diversity and range, any shop that has a section called "Weird Sh*t" gets a thumbs up. Their mailing list is good especially their end of year review ones.

Just remembered Eastern Bloc records in Manchester as well.


Pity I will miss record store day this year as we are moving.




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Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2016 at 6:39pm
Originally posted by ServerBaboon ServerBaboon wrote:

Pity I will miss record store day this year as we are moving.

That's a shame Steve. There are three unmissable dates in my calendar at the start of every year - Record Store Day, Glastonbury week & The Acoustic Festival. 

edit: (oh cripes, in case 'someone' ever happens to read this: of course our wedding anniversary + your birthday)


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Andrew


Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2016 at 11:36am
We queued at our favourite Indie shop from 00:30 - I was the second person there & able to stand under the shopfront awning to avoid the rain & snow. Got all 10 items that I was after plus a free bag of other LPs, CDs and extras. A night without sleep was well worth it.

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Older than I once was, younger than I'll be
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Andrew


Posted By: Sturgus
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2016 at 3:28am
I was under the weather and missed RSD. Really would love to have gone. That means I will have to make it up soon. Did you guys pick up anything interesting ?
Sturgus

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Musical Design pre/Dac/Phono Amps Aronov
VPI HW-19 Lustre 801 /Koetsu-Rosewood /GS Elevator/Accension / LP12 Audiomods-Nagoka500 Merlin VSM speakers Dalhquist subs
Pioneer pd-75/ squeezebox


Posted By: ICL1P
Date Posted: 18 May 2016 at 4:51pm
I just received this from the local CAMRA branch:

The Keep in Wallingford will open for the first time this Friday. The micro-pub will double as a record shop, and, as far as I can tell, is in the same building as Wallingford's sadly-missed music shop, The Music Box. For those not from the Eastern Fringes, keep up to date via

https://www.facebook.com/thekeepwallingford/

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Posted By: McHolmeM
Date Posted: 18 May 2016 at 9:35pm
Originally posted by ICL1P ICL1P wrote:


Wallingford's sadly-missed music shop, The Music Box.

In the hour and a half queueing period at Rapture in Witney on RSD the couple alongside me bemoaned the fact they'd made two trips to a record shop in Wallingford and on both occasions it was shut - maybe that explains it.

I can certainly recommend Vince's shop in the arcade adjacent to Wantage market square. He keeps a well stocked and tidy store, bought a pristine early pressing of Hotel California complete with poster last week! 




Posted By: ICL1P
Date Posted: 18 May 2016 at 9:42pm
Originally posted by McHolmeM McHolmeM wrote:

I can certainly recommend Vince's shop in the arcade adjacent to Wantage market square. He keeps a well stocked and tidy store, bought a pristine early pressing of Hotel California complete with poster last week! 



I thought we'd lost everything from Wantage. Do you mean up by The Bear?

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Posted By: McHolmeM
Date Posted: 18 May 2016 at 9:51pm
Yes, that's the one.

Don't use the entrance by Gregg's but the the one to the left adjacent to Costa (the very coffee shop mentioned by Bob Harris on his country radio show a couple of weeks back!). When Vince is open - Wednesday to Saturday - he places a placard on the cobbles close to the entrance to the alley.


Posted By: Fatmangolf
Date Posted: 22 May 2016 at 7:01pm
I was in Stockton on Tees' Sound It Out Records on Friday, one of my favourites.


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Open mind and ears, whilst owning GSP Genera, Accession, Elevator EXP, Solo ULDE, Proprius amps, Cusat50 cables, Lautus digital cable, Spatia cables and links, and a Majestic DAC.


Posted By: DaveG
Date Posted: 03 Jul 2016 at 11:58am
Not a shop as such, but I've just been to my 1st ever record fair. They have one in Orpington on the 1st Sunday of every month and it was really good. Not huge.. maybe 20 stalls, but there was a lot of really interesting stuff that I never see anywhere else. Some excellent bargains and some expensive rarities.
I've known it existed for years but always forgot to go. Didn't stay long as it only took me about 15min to blow £100 and there was too much temptation.

I got, amongst other things, a mint 1st pressing (allegedly) Wind & Wuthering for £5. This is certainly an early-ish Charisma pressing and will hopefully sound better than my ATKO version which sounds like it was recorded on a cassette outside while someone was playing the album indoors with the window open.Wink. Also got a mint original Sab Volume IV, and same for Meddle - both £15. Also got some 80's- tastic stuff from Cure, Psychedelic Furs & Simple Minds for around £7-8 a pop and all look pristine!

I was really after an early Floyd Animals, but the only one I could find was a mint 1st pressing for £60 and I wasn't gonna pay that.

All in all a success - I'll definitely go again.


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Dave

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2016 at 4:04pm
Sainsburys. What! do I hear you say? I rarely go shopping but had to go to Sainsburys with my wife t'other day. I was amazed to see they had a small selection of 180 gram vinyl records for sale. I've not bought any because I already have the ones I like. Does this mean the vinyl revival is real? So, not a favourite record shop...but who knows in the future!


Posted By: morris_minor
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2016 at 6:25pm
For a Fathers' Day present I was given a copy of Legends - The Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers. This was a Sainsbury's purchase. Good quality, mp3 download card - what's not to like? The issue would be how they dealt with faulty items. The stock varies from week to week, so they may not have a replacement copy in store. 

They must be banking on impulse purchases since no "serious" collector would think "oh, I want xyz on vinyl - must go to Sainsburys" . . . Ermm

But I like the fact they do now have a bit of vinyl on offer . . .


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Posted By: Drewan77
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2016 at 8:58pm
Hmm, I'm a bit wary about this. 

The music industry has been here before where the buying power of national & multinational chains drove many independents to the wall.

Not everyone will agree with me but there is value in the knowledge, enthusiasm and friendships forged by shopping in specialist stores. Often, prices can be lower than the mighty Amazon too....


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Older than I once was, younger than I'll be
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Andrew


Posted By: Suggs
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2016 at 6:32am
Last time that I was in the UK, just before Father's Day, Tesco was offering the same thing...one very neat and easily missable rack of very safe selling LP's clearly targeted as a "specialist" purchase for those with parents of a certain age.

Bet they all won't be doing it when current stocks are gone Wink


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2016 at 3:12pm
But, will the likes of Sainsburys selling a few 180 gram ( I'm assuming better quality here ) LPs tempt people back to vinyl, dragging out their old LPs from the roof space and then looking for equipment/better equipment to listen to them ?


Posted By: Richardl60
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2016 at 4:29pm
In theory yes but from the examples of turntables some of the supermarkets have been selling quite possibly not😢


Posted By: Bonzo
Date Posted: 28 Nov 2016 at 8:29pm
It's not only the big supermarkets, SWMBO tells me they're selling records in Aldi now. If the cut price boys are in the vinyl revival must be official.


Posted By: Images
Date Posted: 16 Dec 2016 at 2:52am
My favorite record shop...

No question it is Square Records in Akron Ohio!

Great selection, good prices and it is so Akron.

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Posted By: gekados
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2017 at 12:40am
If any Swedish people are around and looking for a good 2nd hand vinyl shop, then Open Mind Records in Uppsala is a great place.
Great live music on record store day as well !

Hifiexperience in Uppsala usually has high quality pressings as well (new), but a quite small selection.

And the bi-annual fair in Solna hallen, is of course a must for any Stockholm based vinyl freak :)

If there are any Swedish people around here, then please share the 'good spots', being reduced to online shopping is not quite as fun.


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Posted By: lfc jon
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2018 at 7:32am
the shop i go to Drift Records in Totnes Devon 1/2 hr up the road from me good for new music on LP and CD always buy more than i go in for (vinyl only)


Posted By: Jeremyh
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2018 at 10:41am
I recently came across Rollin Records in West Wickham, specialises in 60s and 70s - a huge selection although "fully priced" may be the best way to describe it. However, if you have a gap to fill in a collection well worth a visit.  Very good quality stock.
As mentioned earlier on the forum, Bens Collector Records on Tunsgate in Guildford is excellent and generally reasonably priced - my favourite.


Posted By: Southernowl
Date Posted: 20 Aug 2020 at 3:48am
I was taken to Rough Trade East in London as a present. They serve beer & sell music. What more do you need?




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Posted By: dansomeone
Date Posted: 29 Sep 2020 at 4:25pm
My favorite record shop was Recycled Sounds in Kansas City. Long gone, but what a great place.


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