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Record Shops RIP ...................................

Discussion in 'music' started by dss, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    I have passed this shop loads of times and never ventured in as I thought it was classical only.

  2. Mikeandvan

    Mikeandvan Banned

    Aren't landlords wonderful people?
  3. Graham H

    Graham H pfm Member

    Prelude Records in Norwich closing down after just over 30 years. An independent classical specialist, run and owned by knowledgable musician(s), they will be sorely missed. Streaming services, DLs and internet shopping given as the main reasons for closure, despite a loyal customer base. For those in the area, keep your eyes peeled for the last great sale. Closing end of March.

  4. poco a poco

    poco a poco pfm Member

    Sad news. I wondered how long they would last. I also went mainly for their small Jazz selection, but have brought some S/H classical from them as well. They were not cheap, but always had an interesting stock.
  5. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    Shame about Harold Moores, a long standing institution. Website is still active but physical browsing is much more fun!
  6. SteveT

    SteveT pfm Member

    Sad to hear about Prelude Records. When I lived in Norfolk it and Andys Records were the two goto places for LPs and latterly CDs. Very knowledgeable staff in Prelude Records. I still have about 6 of their paper tokens to trade in for a CD. Collectors item now I presume.
  7. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

  8. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    Not over sorry to hear about that HMV. When I first got back into vinyl, early 90's, got some really good deals at Oxford St, soon as vinyl caught on a tad the deals disappeared.

  9. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    I used to spend at least one lunchtime a week in the Oxford Street shop and spent quite a lot of money there but they downsized the classical department so there was far less choice, then turned of the ventilation so it became steamy and unpleasant and so I discovered Amazon.
    Haven`t been to HMV for years.
  10. Mikeandvan

    Mikeandvan Banned

    I remember how the independent record shops would make out HMV was some sort of monster eating all the little shops up! Then they started selling dance/techno 12" and it was like 'not cool' to buy them there, buy at least you could get a refund if you wanted!! I loved the one on Oxford st and many others.
  11. andrew d

    andrew d pfm Member

    As a big business they adapted well and had a large house/techno range in the '90's, employing people who had an interest/knowledge in the music. I'd always pop in there as well as the specialist shops.
  12. SteveT

    SteveT pfm Member

    I was a regular visitor to HMV on Oxford St. Got some good bargains. Enjoyed their Jazz and Classical sections. Stood next to Roy Wood once whilst we both rapidly skimmed through the CDs on offer.
  13. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Rare and Racy in Sheffield closes today. It's been part of the musical landscape here for as long as I can remember and will be sadly missed.
  14. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    The only and even so in its day best record shop has finally closed in Hereford this year.

    Outback Records in Church Street and before that Maylords Lane.

    Whenever I went to the city of my birth I always made a point of buying something out of the stock, which was brilliant.

    When I lived in Hereford I used to buy [or order] an LP or a CD each week. I am guessing that LP and CD sales from actual shops have reached such a low point that not even a a small cramped shop like that with stock piled to the ceiling could have a sufficient cash-flow to carry on.

    Sadly for those who have fond memories of browsing the stock for an hour on Saturday before choosing the best on offer - well we shall have to get over it. Everything is online these days. Even iron-mongers carry such a restricted offering that you have to go online to get just the brass bolts and nuts you want these days. I suspect that the only real physical shops that will survive will be petrol stations, and off-licences!
  15. herb

    herb music live

    HMV in Princes Street Edinburgh has closed again.

    The classical CD shop near the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, seems to now only sell cheap record decks.

    Oh well, no more killing time by browsing CDs when I go to the Usher Hall for gigs.
  16. mellstock

    mellstock pfm Member

    Was in HMV Oxford St today and seemed fairly busy... Premature obituaries?
  17. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

  18. kingston12

    kingston12 pfm Member

    I guess the problem is that it needs to be VERY busy to justify the rent and rates on that store!

    It is the same story everywhere. My local HMV in Kingston upon Thames used to have a large store in a prime location and it has recently moved to a much smaller one with an inferior position.

    The new store isn't that busy and the old one still hasn't been re-let, along with many other units in the same centre.

    Like house prices, retail rent/rates in some areas are probably at least double what is sustainable in the long term. Not sure how we unwind it - lowering the rent lowers the capital valuation and a lot of pension funds start to fall over!

    What I can't work out is that there is still a fervour to build new retail space whilst the existing stock has increasingly higher vacancy rates.
  19. wylton

    wylton pfm Member

    In Bromley, HMV has moved from the High Street to the Mal, where it has replaced Head, on the same site. I called in last weekend and was pleased to see a rack of vinyl, but the LPs were packed into the racks so tightly, that browsing was virtually impossible. I had a moan to the assistants, but they appeared not to care, even though they acknowledged that other customers had said the same thing. I'll not be in a hurry to revisit TBH.
  20. iiyama

    iiyama pfm Member

    Sad news indeed about Prelude.

    Didn't they use Naim electronics too?

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