Bleeker Bob's for rock records. Innovative Audio, Lyric HIFI and Stereo Exchange for gear. I haven't been in any of these shops in a while. Last time I was in Stereo Exchange it was painfully obvious that audio is a distant second to video these days.
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This sure sounds familiar, as I asked it before.
I thought academy (on 10th street between 3rd and 4th avenues) had some pretty beat, worn vinyl, but a lot of variety. The dollar bins were pretty cool, too. I did find some strange, rare stuff here. While not in really good shape, I couldn't leave them there. The other academy (on 18th b/t 6th and 5th), had a lot of really nice vinyl but 99% was classical. They did have a good variety of used cds, though. The Jazz Record Center was flippin' awesome. If you like jazz go there at any cost. Rows and rows of jazz, as far as the eye can see.
A1 records (b/t 1st and A on 6th) had a lot, but I actually heard a conversation between an employee and a customer while there. The employee was saying how they can charge way way too much for beat, junk records because out-of-towners buy it simply because they can't believe that they have it at all (or just don't know its too expensive). That's pretty rotten if you ask me.
Forget Stereo Exchange unless you're in the market for dvd player.Too sad because this was the store that got me hooked up on high end in 1992.Go a couple of blocks up to East 4th and Bway to In Living Stereo.They aare the same guys that used to sell audio in Stereo Exchange and are located in the original Stereo Exchange store.