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New record (and book) shop, Chorlton, south Manchester

Discussion in 'music' started by Paul Mc, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

  2. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    That website could do with a bit of proof reading.
     
  3. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    Next door to my local pub! I'll pop in next time I'm down there.

    It'll have to be something special to compete with King Bee and Reel Around the Fountain Records though. Maybe they'll do enough to catch the hipster market.
     
  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    How far away from King Bee? I don’t know the road names in Chorlton so can’t place where it is!

    PS Haven’t found Reel Around The Fountain either, where is that?
     
  5. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    Google Maps puts this new place's postcode next to Pi Bar on Manchester Road. To get there from King Bee walk over the railway bridge past Morrisons to the second set of lights, turn right past the Royal Oak pub and its about 5 minutes walk down there on the main road. Probably about half a mile and you can cut the corner off if you know where you're going.

    Reel Around the Fountain is a huge, wonderful, mainly second hand record shop on the upper floor of Stretford Arndale Centre which is about a mile and a half outside Chorlton. 90% vinyl, 10% CD. The owner is very chatty and a 'bit of character' Website here... https://www.facebook.com/www.ReelAroundTheFountainRecords.co.uk/
     
  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Thanks, I’ll check them both out when I’m next at King Bee (I usually cycle, so should be easily doable with a bit of Google Maps).
     
  7. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    Reel is a bit pricey.
     
  8. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    A little yes, especially perhaps NM prices for VG/VG+ condition stuff but I always feel a bit awkward expecting bargains from someone who runs such a large independent record store. The world would be a much worse place without it!

    Also twice I've bought 4 or 5 items from him and he's given me one or two of them free due to their 'embarrassment' factor. When I went in with my 10-year old daughter once he sold her an Ed Sheeran double LP for £10 because he didn't want Galway Girl in his shop. All done with a great sense of humour.
     
  9. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    Yes, I usually get a rounded-down discount. I now have three record shops within a mile of my front door, plus a couple of decent Oxfams. Even less reason to leave Chorlton.
    Worried about the Vinyl Fiction being able to make a go of it though.
     
  10. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    I see no reason to leave the house - last time I was in King Bee it was understocked and overpriced.
     
  11. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    King Bee CDs in particular are very good at barely more than charity shop prices I’d say. I’m think sometimes people expect charity shop prices from a specialist retailer who has to seek out and buy in decent stock and then maintain a shop and all its overheads (tax included compared to Oxfam et al.) on the proceeds.
     
  12. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    I'm in every week and prices have crept up in the last few years as vinyl has become popular again, but you'd be pushed to get a better deal in these parts.
     
  13. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    King Bee is superb IMO, I’ve done amazingly well there at times and never leave empty handed.
     
  14. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    Back to the OP’s topic.....I’ve looked more closely at the Vinyl Fiction website and it does look a bit like it might be a hipster joint selling a very few niche hipster ‘vinyls’ to hipsters with little substance or variety. Might be wrong though. Give them a chance to establish and all that. Will try to head down this weekend.
     
  15. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing Re-educate Leavers in Skegness gulags then deport

    15 minutes on the bike. I'll pop in.
     
  16. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    Building a PFM Chorlton branch by the sound of things.
     
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  17. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    I'm famously tight. Sifters used to be more in my bracket. Last time I was in there though he barely had any stock at all.
     
  18. harmonica98

    harmonica98 pfm Member

    I had slim pickings for vinyl the last couple of times I visited King Bee - used to always pick up some nice stuff.

    They often have interesting CD box sets at very reasonable prices. I got a lovely Hi Records set from there which is long OOP. Will check out Vinyl Fiction when I am in Manchester next month.
     
  19. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’ve done very well for CDs at King Bee, I’ve landed quite a few very nice early pressings (‘targets’, Japanese VDP, VDJ, silver to centre West German, McMaster Blue Notes etc) out in their 4 for a tenner deal and a few good box sets too. Not good every time by any stretch, but one thing I love about the shop is they have a very good fast turnover so there is always plenty of fresh stuff to see every month or so when I visit. It seems far more healthy than Sifters which looks to be struggling now, last time I was there (a few weeks back) I really struggled to buy anything at all.
     
  20. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    Drove past Vinyl Fiction last night. It is next door but one to Pi bar (which is also well worth a visit! 4 hand pumps, electric pumps for fancy lagers and fruit beers, 100 or so foreign bottled beers, kabanos and peanuts for bar snacks....I digress). It looks very minimal and arty hipsterish. Small shop with books on one side and a small retro shop LP storage unit on the other. Wouldn’t be surprised if the LPs they list online are the only ones they have. May take off but I’m not sure a serious collector should be making a big round trip. Ok if you plan to take in the other local record shops mentioned above though.
     

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