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Emh yes I agree RED Trumpet, Rick has also told me not to buy certain copys as well, Great guy and getting the success he deserves. Huge inventory of new lp's easy to search.
eBay for used this is a treasure house. Be careful to ask Questions of sellers about lp condition especially those UK dealers.
70,000 lp's for sale at any given time so knowing how to search is key.
Yes, Redtrumpet is the best I dealt with.Amusicdirect.com can be quite good too.I also bought a few records from vintage.com and audiophileusa.com-no complaints.For used Lps also try lp-33.com.Jim, the owner, often overgrades the records, usually one step higher.You should ask him questions before buying; he also uses non-standard grading system which he explains.So, he is not easiest to deal with but has some records that you cannot find anywhere else.He accepts returns.Ebay is a lottery.I bought many records that were graded correctly and many that were not.Generally, sellers from Japan are the best; never had problems with them.But shipping is expensive.I recommend EMS(Express),a few dollars more, but regular airmail takes forever.In many cases,when someone on ebay says NM consider it strong VG+ at best.But then again some people grade strictly.Ask questions before bidding and avoid those who do not take the records back if you are unhappy with the condition.Personally,I buy a lot on ebay.But you will need to get some experience there.Besides,many good items are won within the last 20 seconds.How fast is your internet interface? Hope this helps.
Since I moved to Georgia from New Jersey I no longer have access to my favorite used record store, the Princeton Record Exchange. I've been buying LP's on ebay for several years now, usually only UK,German or Japanese pressings. I only bid on listings that are MINT or MINT-. After 70 or so transactions I've only had 1 LP lost from UK and only 2 or 3 not up to par grading wise. I usually search once or twice a week for the titles I'm interested in, patience is necessary here as a specific title on import pressing may only pop up once a year or so.
For a non-online experience in the bay area, Aomeba records has TONS of LP's in every category imaginable (if you like stuff like the USSR Red Army Band plays Beatles songs, you can even find that!).
If you have a number of thrift stores near you, check them out. I just bought about 50 near mint to very good LPs (usually the vinyl is NM or VG but the cover is trashed,) for an average of 75 cents an album. Got some really rare and great stuff, especially classical. Got a brand new Supertramp, Breakfast in America for a dime that kills the SACD version!
FYI: I have purchased used vinyl from eBay recently with mixed results...as in records arriving with way too much surface noise even thought they were listed as Near Mint and from seller with good feedback...the snap, crackle and pops have made me stay away from eBay. I'll check out the web sites listed on this thread. I just love Audiogon.
The Bay Area is one of the best places to shop for vinyl. Several of our local Audio Asylum group are very knowledgeable on Classical Music. The places they have suggested are:
- Amoeba in SF and Berkeley;
- Berrigan's in Oakland;
- DB Brown in Oakland;
- Saturn Records in Oakland;
- Vinyl Solution in San Mateo;
- Record Man in Redwood City;
- Wessex Used books in Menlo Park;
- Ron Pendorff in Oakland.
Take the time to check out bopshop.com (sorry,I cant make it clickable)
I have shopped there twice.Their LPs are all in like new condition and mostly with a good price.
They do mail order.I have seen their mail order storage room.Its huge and they have about anything you are looking for.
The store area has a huge supply of LPs also with turntables/headphones to listen before buying.
If you are ever in Rochester,NY visit them.Nice people.
Albert shops from them.I guess thats a good endorsement. :~)
Well, I'm very fortunate for I have 3 real stores within a half hour drive to choose from .
All are in NJ and I know 2 have web sites.
Princeton Record Exchange and Vintige Vinyl (in Fords) are the bigger ones and Izzys (in Linden) is a mess but you may luck out and find what you want.
As far as online goes I've visited a few but no real dealings with any of them.
I dropped by the Record Man in Menlo Park yesterday, and I was pretty amazed. Although they have no significant classical section (they have only ~200 high-end titles there), their rock/pop, jazz, big band et al selection is huge. In round numbers they have about 35,000-40,000 in stock, perhaps more. I've never seen that many LPs in one place before outside of the Library of Congress.