CD and Record Stores in Columbus, OH*

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  1. alamo54us

    alamo54us Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I have to make a quick business trip to Columbus next week. Any suggestions for used CD stores or great used book stores? I have a rental car. Thanks.
  2. MLutthans

    MLutthans That's my spaghetti, Chewbacca! Staff

    Marysville, WA
    I just did some record shopping in Columbus two months ago. They have several "Half-Price Books" locations, where I scored about 8 CDs at very good prices, and I purchased vinyl at two very nice shops (which also carried CDs): (<-----Mostly LPs, IIRC, but a well-stocked shop.)
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  3. misterclean

    misterclean Forum Resident

    Cleveland, Ohio
    I'm planning a trip to Columbus in the very near future, and was hoping for some recommendations. I haven't been down there in over 10 years, so I'm a bit out of the loop. I'm not looking for rarities, just clean, original (vinyl) albums from 70s and 80s classic rock artists that aren't overpriced. Obviously, I'll be sure to hit Used Kids, but any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  4. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    I would highly recommend hitting "Used Kids", but please be aware that they have moved, as they are leveling that entire block where they used to be, for new construction and it was a big move, as they are no longer on High Street or even that close to the Ohio State University main campus. The new store is wonderfully set up, in my opinion, all on the ground level and with parking, plus they have a slew of stereo equipment that is worth looking at, if for no other reason than nostalgia! Here is their new website with info about their new address ...

    Used Kids Records

    Another store that I would recommend to check out, just for fun, is called "Records Per Minute" and is on High Street, but up north of the OSU main campus. This store is not real big and they deal more in new LP pressings (not real cheap), including MFSL type releases, along with plenty of reasonably priced used LP's. The guy that owns this store sells REGA turntables and fair warning, he has a bit of a "know-it-all" type of attitude. My cousin has spent a small fortune in this store and when he attempted to return a defective LP pressing of an expensive reissue, my cousin was upset, as the owner gave him a lot of crap about wanting to return it, which pissed me off as well. Best to look and buy without trying to talk to that guy and your visit should go fairly smoothly.

    One more store that I used to love to visit, when I visit Columbus, was "Magnolia Thunderpussy", but the last time I was there, it seemed to me that they have been taken over by the "dark side" (read that as: too many people with tattoos, nose rings and no smiles), which is clearly NOT my type of record store. I fear their demise will be far sooner than later!
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  5. omom

    omom Active Member

    Ohio, USA
    Check out Ace In The Hole. I think they are going out of business, with 20% off stock currently. They have quite a bit of vinyl.
  6. Northwind

    Northwind Well-Known Member

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Any reviews for Spoonful, Elizabeth's, Lost Weekend, etc.?

    Had the random idea of taking the drive from Pittsburgh to explore Columbus' vinyl scene, but was wondering if it would be worth it... or if I'd be tediously flipping through Pablo Cruise, Little River Band and Poco records.

    My interests are largely 70s British prog / hard rock / proto-metal.
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  7. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    Lost Weekend is owned by a guy named Kyle and the last time that I was in the store (probably about 6 or so months ago), Kyle and I had a nice discussion about how he used to work in the record industry. I believe that he worked for Columbia or Epic, but he knows his sh#$ about music and his store is pretty old school. Like most stores, he will probably have some Pablo, LRB and Poco, but he does have some "interesting" titles, but I barely know anything about the three music formats that you listed, so I can't say for sure if any of the Columbus stores will satisfy your wants? I personally get a little more disenchanted each time that I make the trek to either Columbus or Pittsburgh, when it comes to vinyl shopping anymore. I'm about complete with my LP wish lists and that leaves my original hobby of collecting 45's, mostly just for my jukeboxes these days, which most stores don't even bother with anymore.
  8. Amazing work you are going to do. I want to suggest you, just focus on make a CD store.
  9. 1940Zeffer

    1940Zeffer Member

    Sylvania oHIo USA
    Moles used to be upstairs on high street Ohio Student Union..might still be there...
  10. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    Note to the folks who run "Used Kids" ...

    I was in your store last Saturday afternoon (March 25th) and while I appreciate you giving local (Pittsburgh?) bands a chance to show their talent, I need to know why they feel the need to turn the volume up, well past eleven, to levels of deafness, just to get the point across, that "louder does NOT always mean better" theory! My wife and I, who just wanted to shop your store casually and spend some money there, if not for the ear bleeding loudness that that band drove us out with, we would have easily spent a lot more money, than those "free pizza eating fans" of that band probably spent!
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  11. JCM

    JCM Forum Resident

    Columbus, Ohio
    I miss the old Used Kids. I used to go once or twice a month. The CD section was huge and I bought many CDs there over the years.

    I think they have basically gone all vinyl at their new location. Bummer for me, good thing for vinyl lovers. The new shop looks nice!

    Another vote for Half Priced Books locations. I keep meaning to check Goodwill too.

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