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  • How Many Have You Shopped At?

    Put me down for four: Princeton, Cheapo (though it's been quite a few years), Twist and Shout and Amoeba.

    The best store of the quartet was Twist and Shout that I make a pilgrimage to every RMAF (Andre and I went there last year and Mark and I the year before)! Princeton? 100K records? Like to know where they are? If you want to see what 100 or 200K albums look like, go to Encore Records in Ann Arbor in Michigan. Now that's a record store!
    Dusted off your old turntable? Here are 15 great shops to get your vinyl record collection going again.
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    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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    Being in the Bay Area, Amoeba has been a long time shopping paradise for me, although the great classical collections (really all I look at) are a shadow of their former glory. Berkeley, SF and Hollywood. In Boston/Cambridge, I always went to Looney Tunes, not Cheapo - again for their extensive classical collections - Boston, near Fenway Park was always better than Cambridge. I did get to spend some time at Encore Records in Ann Arbor about 12 years ago and picked up some very rare early RCA Living Stereos for not exorbitant prices - I remember getting a very nice copy of LSC-1806 for around a $100. I think most of the store on the list are not classically oriented.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
      Put me down for four: Princeton, Cheapo (though it's been quite a few years),
      I can claim three: Princeton, Amoebe, and Waterloo.
      I grew up near Princeton and visits back to my old hometown always required a stop by PRE. I'm now in the SF Bay Area, so visits to Amoebe are a regular occurence. And the occasional business tirp down to Austin let's me sample Waterloo. Each has its own flavor. PRE has lots of university students and the occasional hard core record collector / old timer like most of us. Waterloo seems to be full of hipsters with not much of interest to the record collector. And Amoebe is a bit of a mix.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
        Put me down for four: Princeton, Cheapo (though it's been quite a few years), Twist and Shout and Amoeba.

        The best store of the quartet was Twist and Shout that I make a pilgrimage to every RMAF (Andre and I went there last year and Mark and I the year before)! Princeton? 100K records? Like to know where they are? If you want to see what 100 or 200K albums look like, go to Encore Records in Ann Arbor in Michigan. Now that's a record store!
        Those 100k albums USED to be at PRE Myles. They now reside in the hands of eBay sellers. You can find them one at a time at 3 to 5 times the original asking price.😜
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        • #5
          Originally posted by 1morerecord2clean View Post

          Those 100k albums USED to be at PRE Myles. They now reside in the hands of eBay sellers. You can find them one at a time at 3 to 5 times the original asking price.😜
          ​Funny you say that. PRE had at one time an eBay page; after a while, however, nothing was listed. But they have always put albums away on the side for their preferred customers.

          But yes, you are correct in most instances. That is unless they have another eBay page that I never discovered?
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #6
            I never been to Princeton, I always heard it was the bomb but everyone is saying its seen better days, much better days in the past. I'm limited to So Cal and a few expeditions to the Bay Area.

            This is totally anecdotal based on my sample of used mail order vinyl I've obtained over the last few years (500+) the vast majority has come from the east coast, NJ and PA are tops followed by NY and the Midwest. If that's anything to go by then the selection/availability of used vinyl out here (genres I collect) must suck compared to the right coast.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rob View Post
              I never been to Princeton, I always heard it was the bomb but everyone is saying its seen better days, much better days in the past. I'm limited to So Cal and a few expeditions to the Bay Area.

              This is totally anecdotal based on my sample of used mail order vinyl I've obtained over the last few years (500+) the vast majority has come from the east coast, NJ and PA are tops followed by NY and the Midwest. If that's anything to go by then the selection/availability of used vinyl out here (genres I collect) must suck compared to the right coast.
              Forget about classical at Princeton. PRC has jazz (pretty much late pressings), a large selection of rock and then a new arrival's section. Another difference between then and now is the quality of the records. Back then, most were in great shape; not so much so now. To their credit, though, they carry a large quantity of new LP releases, especially in rock.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                ​Funny you say that. PRE had at one time an eBay page; after a while, however, nothing was listed. But they have always put albums away on the side for their preferred customers.

                But yes, you are correct in most instances. That is unless they have another eBay page that I never discovered?
                Actually I wasn't even considering PRE selling thru eBay. I was thinking of all the eBay vendors who used to come in and just scoop up all the good stuff and market it ove the net. But I'm sure as you say PRE is doing it too.
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                Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

                VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
                Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

                Piega C711 Loudspeakers

                Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

                Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator

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                • #9
                  I used to go to PRE almost every weekend last year. Have definitely slowed down now.

                  When I went to Cali last year, I had the good fortunate of meeting Larry (astrotoy) who took me to Amoeba and Rasputin (strangely not on the list). While Larry says their classical is a shadow of their former self, it is waaaay more than what PRE has, easily. You guys are lucky!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

                    ​Funny you say that. PRE had at one time an eBay page; after a while, however, nothing was listed. But they have always put albums away on the side for their preferred customers.

                    But yes, you are correct in most instances. That is unless they have another eBay page that I never discovered?

                    I don't think PRE has an ebay account at this time. They recently changed owners, and they mentioned while not likely going to the internet any time soon, they are keeping their options open.
                    Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rob View Post
                      I never been to Princeton, I always heard it was the bomb but everyone is saying its seen better days, much better days in the past. I'm limited to So Cal and a few expeditions to the Bay Area.

                      This is totally anecdotal based on my sample of used mail order vinyl I've obtained over the last few years (500+) the vast majority has come from the east coast, NJ and PA are tops followed by NY and the Midwest. If that's anything to go by then the selection/availability of used vinyl out here (genres I collect) must suck compared to the right coast.

                      If you do happen to be in the neighborhood, Rob, give me a call! It would be great to meet you and share some tunes.
                      Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                    • #12
                      Anybody been to Jerrys?

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by allenh View Post


                        I don't think PRE has an ebay account at this time. They recently changed owners, and they mentioned while not likely going to the internet any time soon, they are keeping their options open.

                        When did that happen? Learn something new every day!
                        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
                        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
                        ________________________________________

                        -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
                        -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
                        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
                        -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
                        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
                        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
                        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
                        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
                        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
                        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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                        • #14
                          Oh, idk, late summer, early fall of last year. I'll try to find the FB article.
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