Boston vinyl shopping

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by ashulman, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Lebowski

    Lebowski Forum Resident

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    He gets some good stuff for sure, but on my last visit (earlier this month) he let on that he saves a lot his best stuff for Discogs.
     
  2. Harbins_Grave

    Harbins_Grave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I didn't know that - that's good info. SG's Discogs for sale list isn't very long (around 100 items) - which is pretty small compared to Armageddon or Planet's thousands of items...I'll ask him about that the next time I stop in (he might also sell stuff on a personal Discogs account for all I know). I've definitely bought some high-priced, relatively rare stuff in the shop over the years, but I understand it if he needs to maximize profit by going online with the rare stuff that doesn't move in the shop. Still, I hope there's a balance so that the casual browser/shopper can still find gems in the stacks - it's a shame when all the good stuff is "behind the counter" in a shop.
     
  3. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    If you're taking the subway, take the B branch of the Green Line to In Your Ear, located near the west edge of Boston University.
     
  4. Lebowski

    Lebowski Forum Resident

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    Damn, didn't know that they sold on Discogs too! But I guess I should have assumed that. I'm sure it's a necessary evil, but as a brick & mortar customer it's frustrating. Of course, I buy online as well so I guess it's one of those living in a glass house and not throwing stones kinda things... o_O
     
  5. Harbins_Grave

    Harbins_Grave Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    I think it's just a fact of life at this point that brick & mortar stores are going to have an online presence too if they can swing it - even with the vinyl resurgence and the amount of foot traffic a Boston-area store gets, it's probably sound financial sense to increase your possible customer base by listing online.

    One nice thing about Armageddon is that let me purchase something via Discogs from the Providence store and brought it up to Cambridge for me to pick up - gotta love saving shipping $ and not worrying about stuff getting damaged or lost in the mail. :righton:
     
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  6. Lebowski

    Lebowski Forum Resident

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    The day that Deja Vu goes online is the day I quit! :p
     
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  7. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Specifically the Pleasant Street stop.
     
  8. havenz

    havenz Well-Known Member

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    Boston, MA
    Also, don't skip In Your Ear in the Square! Kind of a dusty basement vibe, but some of my best (and best priced) finds over the years have been there. This also goes for the aforementioned In Your Ear near BU. Those guys are great AND price very fairly, usually well below market.
     
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  9. rednoise

    rednoise Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    I had been wondering if that store was still open... but I was in the Harvard Square neighborhood day-before-yesterday, and sure enough, there it was In Your Ear! Didn't have time to stop in, though.
     
  10. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    Putting that store on line would violate the laws of physics!
     
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  11. Lebowski

    Lebowski Forum Resident

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    :laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  12. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    Bear in mind that if you use a credit card in the Harvard Square store, they have to call the Allston store and read out the number to them over the phone so they can process it there. It's better to have cash.
     
  13. action pact

    action pact ^^ Sandy Warner, "The Exotica Girl"

    Speaking of Deja Vu...

    Every time I go in there, Eleni asks me to write down my want list and contact info, but I have never gotten contacted by her. I suspect no one else ever has either!
     
  14. Lebowski

    Lebowski Forum Resident

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    She has a lot of lists in her binder(s). Some of them are quite elaborate. I'm not sure how often she acts on them. I think they come into play when she buys large collections from serious collectors, not the day-to-day, man on the street collections she usually gets. Not sure how often she gets the really big ones though.
     
  15. John Adam

    John Adam Forum Resident

    Location:
    Hawaii
    I moved away from the area recently and this is exactly how and where I used to shop. Also "Nuggets" which is toward Fenway. There used to be many more, but like everywhere else there are less stores to shop at for music.
    I love Newbury Comics, but it is getting really expensive for new vinyl.........
     
  16. Lebowski

    Lebowski Forum Resident

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    I hit Newbury Comics in the Square this past weekend and there were a couple of decent things on sale. I picked up the Pallas-pressed Nirvana Unplugged for $21.

    Also went to Armageddon Shop and picked up a vintage pressing of Presence for $9 and my daughter had fun looking through the $2.99 bin. She picked out a Brenda Lee record!
     
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  17. audiohound

    audiohound Member

    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Thanks, everyone, I was away from this thread since last week. Wow...I leave for Boston tmw and I'm overwhelmed with all the great info folks have posted. Boston sounds like a great vinyl town...can't wait!
     
  18. Danby Delight

    Danby Delight Forum Resident

    Location:
    Boston
    The $2.99 bins at Armageddon are great because if it's not in their core constituencies (they're mostly a hardcore and metal shop, for those who have never been, with a decent sideline in experimental/noise stuff as well), they mostly just want it out of the store. So I've picked up some great post-bop jazz and '70s R&B records there in excellent nick for short money.
     
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  19. Phishman

    Phishman Active Member

    Location:
    Boston
    You are right. I have provided my "list" and contact info multiple times but no dice.....on the other hand, Bob from Garnick's calls me every other week or so....

    I did visit Looney Tunes a couple of times. They are in the process of unloading and pricing boxes full of records. Prices are very fair with a great Jazz section/selection. Cash only at this time.
     

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