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

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

  1. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

  2. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Been to Cambridge today, the centre, not the outskirts.

    Very thin pickings. The Vinyl Man in Fisher Hall has packed up and gone, as the Hall has shut. There was a stall in the Guildhall market where I purchased a vinyl, and Fopp had at least 12 records in.

    Do I need to go back and look for Martix and any others is it?

    Where do the student timewasters go to find thier 7"s?

    DS
     
  3. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Avid records in Oxford, a good 2nd hand vinyl shop, looks to have shut. It means there is now only 1 small s/h vinyl shop in Oxford, on the Cowley Road, to get Vinyl, except the Oxfam shops. Actually I exaggerate: there were 2 Radiohead LPs and 1 Foals LP in HMV. Hmm. Audio T have, on the other hand, sold 3 Gyrodecs in the past 2 weeks.

    Kevin
     
  4. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Avid in Salisbury = Shut
    Avid in Bournemouth = Shut
    Now Avid in Oxford = Shut (the dance music basement shut ages ago)
    Massive in Oxford, Southampton and Birm = Shut


    Honestly where do the timewaster students get thier trendy vinyl?

    Is it all downloads is it?

    DS
     
  5. kjb

    kjb pfm Member

    Today they time-waste on the internet. Lazy arses.

    Kevin
     
  6. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    The Record & Tape Exchange in London Road, Portsmouth has completely closed down, shutters drawn.

    I also predict closure for Sweet Memories Records in Fratton Road Portsmouth, as the prices are just too high - all the album dross out at £12-15, and nicer items £25+, 12" singles £7 each!!! I left with a wafffffer thin bag.

    DS
     
  7. Whizzkid

    Whizzkid Cocky Cockney

    Rat Records in Camberwell South London has a good selection of Vinyl and Cd's at very reasonable prices. £10 deposit on headphones if you want to check out the quality, they say to many people trash their phones.




    Dean..
     
  8. lovejoy

    lovejoy pfm Member

    I was chatting to the guy who owns Sound Knowledge in Marlborough the other day and his exact words were "We're about to dump all of our dance 12" vinyl, but we'll be keeping that space to significantly expand the rest of our vinyl selection".

    It's the best news I've had in ages.
     
  9. Uncle Ants

    Uncle Ants I'm a Shop Keeper

    Good news indeed.

    I had a bit of shock the other week when I visted Selectadisc in Nottingham and saw a To Let sign outside. "Oh No!!!" was my instant reaction.

    Its not as bad as I thought though. Its a double fronted shop and it seems the owner is retiring and has sold it to the guy who bought the old London shop and now runs it as Sister Ray, and the current Nottingham manager. They are reducing it to the single shop. So not closing anyway. Maybe new blood will reinvigorate what was a pretty decent shop anyway.
     
  10. Fox

    Fox The sound of one hoof clopping

  11. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    I had a good trawl in that Amoeba last year, but an even better one in the one in Berkeley.

    DS
     
  12. johnfromnorwich

    johnfromnorwich even my wife noticed the dif..

    I spent $200 in 15 minutes at the one in LA. In retrospect I should have just gone nuts. I've never seen that many Ruins albums in one place before or since.
     
  13. onlyconnect

    onlyconnect pfm Member

    The stock is thinned out though, and without the depth of stock it's less interesting to visit.

    Tim
     
  14. Uncle Ants

    Uncle Ants I'm a Shop Keeper

    For CD that maybe true yes as its the CD section that's being slimmed down. The vinyl section upstairs looks to be staying exactly the same size. To be honest it was the vinyl bit that worried me as it would leave Nottingham without somewhere to buy new vinyl if it closed. There are other places you can get CDs, though I'll admit not in quite such an interesting selection.

    The way I looked at it was a Selectadisc which stays is a whole lot better than no Selectadisc at all.
     
  15. aedagnino

    aedagnino pfm Member

    There's a decent shop in Farnham, Surrey, which I believe used to belong to Ben from Ben's at Guildford. It's got a good selection of pretty much anything and the prices are decent. Stocks some new stuff too. Here's the website:

    http://www.101collectorsrecords.co.uk/

    There's an Oxfam in Farnham too that has some good stuff. Check it out,

    Alex.
     
  16. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Black Cat Records in Dorchester..

    has gone, now a mobile phone shop, so that's something useful is it.

    DS
     
  17. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Alex thanks for the tip. Oxfam was bereft of anything for my tates - it seemed to major on MOR and classical, but 101 Records was good, with as you say, new vinyl too. The filing system and comments on tabs were amusing too. I picked up a few useful items.

    One the way back, I popped into Spinnadisc in Aldershot, which was crammed with records, with a lot of punk / indie (must be those rebelious soldiers). The back room with stacks of cheap records was closed.

    I was hoping that some troops stationed in Cologne might have brought back crateloads of Structure and Monotone records, but this wasn't the case. Still, I got a fair crop of indie & rock.

    Both shops seemd to be also selling on E-Bay, given that they had '"E-Bay sales crates" on the floor is it.

    DS
     
  18. aedagnino

    aedagnino pfm Member

    Yeah, that Oxfam shop wasn't to my tastes either, but I though it could interest someone who was inclined that way... although I found Japan's first album (Adolescent Sex) and a The Fall compilation for some decent prices. Glad you liked 101! And yes, their filing system is quite amusing. I've found a lot of nice and cheap stuff there that's worth the while. I haven't been there since December, so I wouldn't know about the Ebay crates... although I think it's great as it should help maintain the record shops on the high street. Spinnadisc is really good too. Have you gone to Rock Box in Camberley? You can find a lot of new vinyl there at decent prices (e.g. cheaper than London), as well as some old stuff. It's worth the trip. The first time I went there was after the regular Camberley record fair, and I cursed at myself for not going to Rock Box before as the prices at the record fair were too expensive. Damn Me!

    Happy crate digging!
    Alex
     
  19. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Alex, Yes I have been to the Rock Box a few times, - they used to do a lot more vinyl, esp. Drum 'n'Bass, that that seems to be on the wane. The 2nd hans stock doesn't move very quickly, but I have had a few from there.

    The Camberley Record Fair is the only one I have ever been to where I walked out with nothing - not a single thing! Perhpas I was unlucky on that particular outing, who knows?

    DS
     
  20. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    On a happier note, Music Search in Chertsey have taken over the old Archive records corridor.

    It is stacked floor to ceiling with vinyl, (literally - boxes on top of boxes on crates on boxes on crates) which is good for quantity, but very hard to browse, but the RSA seemed to know where to look for anything like Band of Susans type musics.

    Real old style shop, with 2 guys playing computer games, one having a fag and another to assist members of the buying public.

    DS
     

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