Bricks and mortar stores that treat you right.

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Glmoneydawg, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. Glmoneydawg

    Glmoneydawg Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Ontario Canada
    The internet has made it tough for these guys....we need to support them if we want to actually hear the gear we purchase.I have dealt with Soundstage Fine Audio in Waterloo for over 30 years.Never had bad advice or a purchase i wasn't completely satisfied with.Mark has always treated me right....who do you buy from?
     
  2. Bob_in_OKC

    Bob_in_OKC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Dallas
    For those in the DFW region, I would recommend Audio Concepts. Nice balance of entry level to high end. Good people who give good advice.
     
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  3. russk

    russk Forum Resident

    Location:
    Syracuse NY
    For anyone in Central New York, Signature Sound in Liverpool is a great place. Lots of gear and the guy that runs it is a Rega Turntable guru.
     
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  4. Glmoneydawg

    Glmoneydawg Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Ontario Canada
    For anyone starting in this hobby....these relationships with your bricks and mortar stores can lead to trust....to the point that you can take gear home and try it in your own system....has for me anyway:)
     
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  5. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Enjoying the Beauty of "Crystal Clear" Digital

    Good people that don't charge outrageous Tennessee Sales Tax! :mad:
     
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  6. Glmoneydawg

    Glmoneydawg Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Ontario Canada
    Lol..feel like you need to talk to your governer about that...not your local dealer.Diggin the avatar change btw.
     
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  7. Litejazz53

    Litejazz53 Enjoying the Beauty of "Crystal Clear" Digital

    I did not realize the avatar was so dimensional. If you look at the picture the facial features shift around
     
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  8. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Location:
    Worcester, MA, USA
    Deja Vu Records in Natick, MA. It is run by a older lady, Elaini, who has been selling used vinyl forever. She also wholesales large volumes of used records and sells vinyl by the container overseas.

    The small store is a mess with boxes everywhere and there is no order to things but if you are willing to spend a few hours digging you can find great deals.

    Nothing is priced so she just eyeballs your stack and makes up a cheap price. I bought 11 albums for $40 including Led Zep II in EX shape. You won't usually find big names like Led Zep or the Beatles but lots of good stuff can be found

    http://www.dejavurecords.net/
     
  9. contium

    contium Forum Resident

    Although they also have an online presence, Upscale Audio is local for me and I absolutely love their attitude towards gear and music. Also Brooks Berdan is awesome. They demoed some extremely out of my range equipment for me several times just for the enjoyment of it. Literally dragged me into the room to listen. Really great people there too.
     
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  10. Tom Littlefield

    Tom Littlefield Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Hampshire, USA
    Fidelis in Nashua, NH is a great place to shop, they are also the US distributor for Harbeth, Acoustic Signature and other European brands.

    NH has no sales tax if you buy at the store (-;
     
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  11. widespot

    widespot Active Member

    Location:
    MSP
    There is a place in Minneapolis, MN, Audio Perfection, that has been very cool to me. Always cool, though they know at this point in life my wants are relatively modest.
     
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  12. Luxmancl38

    Luxmancl38 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester NH
    Audio Video Therapy, Nashua NH. Been doing business w/them for 25 years. October 25th they will have their annual audio fall show. Always fun w/plenty of demos from a variety of Audio companies.
     
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  13. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    +1 on AV Therapy. I haven't had the opportunity to check out Fidelis.
     
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  14. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Eleni is a bit of an eccentric, and she can also be annoying if you're impatient, but if you are nice to her and just let Eleni be Eleni, she will cut you some amazing deals. I have found some fascinating oddities buried in the disorganized bins at her shop.

    Thanks for the heads up! Nashua's only about 30 minutes from me, and I've driven by that store many times without going in.
     
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  15. Warren Jarrett

    Warren Jarrett Audio Note (UK) dealer in SoCal/LA-OC

    Location:
    Fullerton, CA
    I guess I shouldn't be allowed to recommend myself, but, well, I am here in the Los Angeles area too. :magoo:

    And I sincerely believe you ain't heard nothin' yet, until you've come to hear my Audio Note demos. Even if they are not in your price range, I welcome all to just listen and further educate your taste in sound. There is really nothing like it, it is so natural and truly communicates the emotion of live music.

    But as far as me personally, how I treat customers, and my whole attitude about being an audio dealer, I won't toot my own horn.
     
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  16. Geordietraveller

    Geordietraveller Forum Resident

    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    My vote goes to Soundhounds in Victoria BC. More like a family than a shop, they’ve always been so helpful in building my knowledge along with my system. Really great guys.
     
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  17. jbmcb

    jbmcb Forum Resident

    Location:
    Troy, MI, USA
    Audio Dimensions in Royal Oak, MI. First question when you walk in the door: "What music can we play for you today?" If you bring in a record they'll clean and play it for you on their crazy Maggie setup. Last time I dropped in to buy new brackets for my MGMC1s and ended up talking to the owner for an hour about chamber music.

    It's a very small store with only a few employees, so you might have to wait a while for service, but they are always playing good music and there's tons of interesting gadgets and gear to look at.
     
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  18. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Location:
    Worcester, MA, USA
    Completely agree. If you are patient, chat her up and let her make suggestions to you she will go into the back and pull out some cherries she has picked from the massive amount of vinyl she gets.

    That is how I got the EX+ copies of Led Zep 2 and McCartney RAM albums. She came out with a stack of Beatles and other big name bands for me to look at.

    She really wants to be helpful so patience and being friendly will go a long way with her.
     
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  19. Tom Littlefield

    Tom Littlefield Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Hampshire, USA
    No knock on AV Therapy but Fidelis carries a some of the higher end brands..
     
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  20. Lebowski

    Lebowski Hey, careful man, there's a beverage here!

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    When Eleni likes you the bargains are even better, but she'll ask to borrow money. Somewhat frequently. She seems to crowdsource her operating budget. I have loaned her money, and I've met other forum members who have loaned her money. The rate of return she offers is insane, but she's up there in years so I worry that if something happens to her I won't get paid back. But anyhow, if you're there on the right day, and she likes you, amazing things can be acquired...

    Love this place. Mark and John are the best. And no sales tax doesn't hurt either!
     
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  21. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Yes, that's it exactly!

    I don't go there very often, so she's never hit me up for a loan, but good lord...
     
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  22. tyinkc

    tyinkc Forum Resident

    Vinyl Renaissance in Overland Park, Kansas (Kansas City area) New and used vinyl and CD's, audio gear both new and vintage. Live music and artist meet and greets. Nice guys to deal with. What's not to like!
     
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  23. Lebowski

    Lebowski Hey, careful man, there's a beverage here!

    Location:
    Eastern MA
    I go there fairly often, usually with another forum member whom I won't name at the moment (though I'm sure he wouldn't care). If you want to join me/us next time you are 100% welcome. She likes us, gives us great deals (better than usual even), and will probably extend that to you. And she usually brings out the secret stash for us! (if she has one on that given day) It always helps to bring her some good stuff to trade.
     
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  24. action pact

    action pact Music Omnivore

    Please do let me know the next time you go over there, and thanks!
     
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  25. DeeKay

    DeeKay Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Pennines, UK
    Your Avatar, guessing that’s your AN-E; stunning veneer, what is that?
     
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