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    Wife and I are in Philadelphia tomorrow for the day. Any stores we should hit while we are in town? Thanks
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    The Philadelphia Record Exchange used to be quite good and seems to still be thriving.

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    • 1morerecord2clean
      1morerecord2clean commented
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      So the Philly Record Exchange still exists? They are no longer at 5th and Passyunk. Those shops were all bought and changed.

    • tom_hankins
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      The address I have for them is 1524 Frankford Ave.

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    Let us know how the Philadelphia Experiment goes!
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    • #4
      Originally posted by Bodhi View Post
      Let us know how the Philadelphia Experiment goes!
      Hopefully lots of new records to post in the new purchases thread! Main reason for going is the Joe Bonamassa concert at the Kimmel Center, and probably a museum or two.

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      • Bill Hart
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        We used to go see Joe when he was driving a rental truck with his gear to gigs. He was fabulous. But, he got slicker, louder, more rock than blues, and the last couple times, it didn't do it for me. He's a hell of a guitarist, and can really do soulful blues stuff when he wants- I'm not much into the pyrotechnics though. And his voice has improved. Now he's got large 18 wheelers and a nice motor coach. Good for him--I'm glad he's got success.

      • tom_hankins
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        I've caught his shows for a while too. This being my fourth. I agree on his music heading a little more towards rock these days. But he still plays great and has top musicians with him. So I keep going when I can.
        You should make it a point to catch one of the acoustic tours when you can, if you haven't already. They are really good.

    • #5
      Originally posted by tom_hankins View Post
      Wife and I are in Philadelphia tomorrow for the day. Any stores we should hit while we are in town? Thanks
      Get the Vinyl District app. Will tell you all the stores in the area. You could even call them to see what they have in stock.

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        I've got it, and use it too.

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        Great app, and use it everywhere I go for business.

    • #6
      Originally posted by tom_hankins View Post
      Wife and I are in Philadelphia tomorrow for the day. Any stores we should hit while we are in town? Thanks
      Long In The Tooth at 21st and Samson is pretty good.

      Where in Philly will you be? There are some excellent stores outside philly. Are you flying in or driving in and from where?
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      • tom_hankins
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        Driving in from N. Virginia. Long in the Tooth, Repo Records and Philly Record Exchange are on my list so far.

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      lasercd Ken knows 'em. He's always record shopping in and around the area. I'll give him a heads up about this thread.

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      • #8
        I live in all the stores in the Philly area. In fact I have a friend visiting for the weekend and apart from going to see Dream Theater Sunday night we are doing a vinyl blitz.

        Its all relative to what you are looking for - the best stores in the area are actually over the bridges in Delaware and New Jersey.

        There are now three Jupiter Records locations - one in Wilmington and one in Kirkwood, DE. The third store is in Woodbury Heights, NJ. All close to Philly. The inventory has been stretched a bit thin compared to how it used to be with just the Wilmington store but on a good day I turn up some great stuff.

        Also nearby in NJ is In The Groove and Collingswood Music. Both in Collingswood NJ. There is a small shop in nearby Haddonfield called Haddonfield Music Exchange. I've also gotten some rare stuff there. Best part about Haddonfield is Angelo's Pizzeria about 3-4 blocks away. Best pizza in the entire Philadelphia area. Spectacular actually.

        Philadelphia doesn't actually have a lot of good choices but there are some shops worth exploring:

        Long In The Tooth gets interesting titles in. Probably the most interesting in the entire area. Prices are just OK. Condition vary. I find the store owner really annoying. He doesn't shut up. Blabs all day long. I can only take so much of him.

        Beautiful World Syndicate up on East Passyunk used to be the best store in the Philly area but has fallen on hard times as they concentrate on their Discogs inventory. Even still its worth heading up there to see what is up on the wall. I was there 2 weeks ago and found an incredibly rare Strata-East title. Prices are reasonable. Condition can often be an issue at BWS. Passyunk is blowing up with the top restaurants in Philly. Lots of activity there. Across the street from BWS is Bing Bing Dim Sum. Two Jewish guys came up with a crazy dumpling shop/bar. Pastrami dumplings!! Its outrageous.

        Philadelphia Record Exchange moved into Fishtown up on Frankford Avenue. Very hit or miss. The inventory hasn't changed a hell of a lot over the years. Another section of Philly that is blowing up. Restaurants everywhere.

        Repo Records on South Street just renovated their store. Haven't been there in awhile. Jim's Cheesesteaks is 2 blocks away and one of the top cheesesteak shops in Philly.



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        • Jtycho
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          Ha small world. i grew up with the owner of Angelo's pizza, and in fact he baked bread for my sandwich shop before he opened the pizzeria. Great guy that does an amazing job.

          As a side note I wasn't aware of either record store in Collingswood. I'm from Haddonfield but none of these stores were around when I lived there. I'll definitely check them out now thanks!

        • lasercd
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          I live in Voorhees which is luckily just too far for Angelo’s to deliver. Otherwise I would look like the guy who got buried in the old piano crate. Eating there once or twice a month is my self imposed limit.

        • Jtycho
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          If I lived closer I'd be there two times a week for sure!

      • #9
        lasercd pretty much nailed it. The only store he didn’t mention which is 40 minutes north of Philly is Princeton Record Exchange which is close to, if not at, the top of the list. But it is a little bit of a drive. My friend Dave Frankel owns The Groove in Collingwood. Lots of good stuff there.
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        • lasercd
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          Dave is a good kat and usually hooks me up. If you are looking for early Blue Note pressings he's a good source. PREX is very hit or miss these days. If they get in a collection it can be a blockbuster but just to drive up there on a whim can lead to a lot of disappointment.

          One other shop worth mentioning that is somewhat near Princeton is Revilla Records. They get in some extraordinary collections - very well curated inventory - but the prices can lean towards the "why bother I'll just sit at home and order on Discogs" variety. He also gets in a lot of vintage hi-end electronics which he restores. I follow him on Instagram and my eyes bulge when I see some of the titles he gets in and then they start to water when I find out the pricing.

      • #10
        Thanks for the help everybody! Great day yesterday starting with Jupiter Records in Delaware, then on to the Barnes Foundation to see an incredible collection. I stopped counting just the Renoirs at 105 paintings. Also lots Picasso, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet, Matisse, Cezanne and so many more. Then we hit Long in the Tooth and Repo Records. Hit the Casino for an hour or so, won a big time $12. Topped off the day with the Bonamassa concert.
        I'm going to make a trip back to the Jupiter store to spend more time digging around in there. Over all the Jazz selections at the three stores were not very good, but did get 16 lps so not to bad
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        • Barry
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          Glad you posted this. I know the area around Jupiter Records and didn't know about it. I grew up less than 2 miles away.

        • tom_hankins
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          Cool, enjoy the stores!

      • #11
        I was at the Jupiter stores in Delaware and NJ as well. Followeded that with Inner Groove. My friend picked up a total of 62 albums so far. I scored some nice jazz pieces. I’ll be hitting all the Philadelphia stores today.
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        • tom_hankins
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          Nice haul for your friend! Good luck on finding even more today.
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