sound at the record store


Went into a record store today to look around. Now I guess I AM A SOUND SNOB OR SOMETHING BUT CHECK THIS OUT....THE OWNER OF THE SHOP WHOM I KNOW PRETTY WELL JUST GOT IN A DEEP GROOVE BLUE NOTE JACKIE MCLEAN ALBUM JACKIES BAG. VERY RARE AND HARD TO FIND INDEED. HE SAYS CHECK IT OUT I CAN SELL IT TO YOU FOR $300,IT IS WORTH $800 HE SAYS.I SAY PUT IT ON AND LET ME LISTEN. HE PUTS IT ON AND HIS SYSTEM SOUNDS LIKE SHIT...I MEAN TOTAL MUDDLED CRAP AND HE SAYS SOUNDS GREAT HUH?

I JUST CANT BELIEVE THAT OWNERS OF RECORD STORES WHO ARE AROUND MUSIC AND RECORDS ALL DAY WILL PUT UP WITH THAT SOUND.IS IT ME?
fromunda
Expressimoaudio,I ran into a guy fishing for Lgmouth bass .He had caught some nice fish.He had one of those big red rubberbands cut so it was a straight,and tied a knot on it to put the hook thru.I asked him if he wanted some of my storebought plastic worms,thinking he did not have money to buy any, or just ran out.He told me "Thanks but no thanks ,Ive fished with the rubberband all my life.Thats the way my Daddy and my Grandpappy fish and how they taught me.It worked well for him!"If the cap fits,,,,,,Lol.Ray
I have no problem with crappy sound in any store, I'm used to it. This is a hobby for most of us, he is in the sales business and if it doesn't contribute to the bottom line...
I won't let Anyone play any of my records.
some of you guys are so wound up with THE CAPS LOCK.....Whew relax.
The stores that will play a record for you are providing a service so that you can check out the tracks on the album and get an overall sense of its condition. Not for you to sit back and enjoy audiophile sound.
And yes I would be afraid to play an expensive LP using the stylus on their "record player." The setups in these stores don't deserve to be called turntables.
Hi Lowrider where have you been?

Gramophone did an article about the best record store. This dealt in some post hoc way with the slow demise of big chains like HMV, Tower, Virgin, etc...

Anyway, there is a store in Reykjavik, Iceland which provides a good system and compact disks for customers to hear before they buy. There is a cafe in the front of the store so that you can order an espresso and a snack and the staff will then bring it to you while you're in lounging in front of the stereo. The hope is that you will buy recordings but there is never any pressure.

Given the option to buy records at this store in Reykjavik or the dives in my town, I'd choose the Reykjavik store hands down.