Best Vinyl Shops - SoCal Edition

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  1. velvetx

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    Figured I would start a few threads focusing on actual brick and mortar record stores.
     
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    Damn it...u mean I have to give up all my super secret vinyl stores?
     
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    Well, first and foremost there's Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
     
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    Factory Records (literal hole in wall) in Costa Mesa has always been my favorite dive
     
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    Goathill Records in Costa Mesa was always good for Jazz, Record Surplus in Santa Monica Blvd. has a mishmash of things, used to be an awesome two story store when it was in Pico Blvd. , but they still get good material from the West side 'hood . Go to place for first and early pressings. Bagatelle Records in Atlantic on Long Beach, if you have a day to dig through their unpriced stuff. I've found great early pressings of mono Jazz records here and a few promo copies, unpriced. You go up to the counter and the person in tells you how much. Pure pleasure.
     
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    I'll have to checkout Goathill Records since it's so close. Never heard of it.
     
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    Record Surplus used to be my go to spot until Amoeba opened. These days I find them a bit overpriced, but there are some good items there to be found and they definitely care about vinyl.
     
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    One place that's NOT worth your time, unless you're already in the hood for other reasons, is Mr. C's in Old Town Orange.
     
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    My favorite local shop is "Soundstations" on La Tijera near Sepulveda

    http://www.soundsationsrecords.com/

    And I just discovered a cool place in Montebello called "Record Jungle"

    http://recordjungle.com/

    Record Jungle has got a good selection, They've put them in genres, but they don't alphabetize them!!! They're just bins and bins stuffed with records. At first I was thinking, are you fucking kidding me??? But it forced me to look closer at stuff, and it was actually a lot of fun, mystery bins, you never know what you'll find. I bought a ton of stuff too. Prices are better than Amoeba. Records seemed to be in generally good shape. But if you're looking for something specific, this is not your place.
     
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    I was just there and picked up a Living Stereo copy of "Rhapsody in Blue", I believe it's Arthur Fielder and the Boston Pops Orchestra. It's 90% classical and the condition varies wildly from record to record. On the plus side the one I got was only $2!

    I was mostly there to check out turntables, since they're a VPI dealer.
     
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    NIce! That should sound good on your table. Hope you got a good shaded dog. You can also look at the Master and stamper, but those mostly all sound good.

    http://www.shadeddog.com/labelography/
     
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    Brooks Berdan is hosting the LAOCAS monthly meeting on Saturday (5/14) from 2:00 p.m.
     
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    Brooks Berdan's... Where have I heard that name before...

    Now that I have joined the ranks of the turntabled, guess it's time to beef up on genres I don't have. Thanks for the resources. Guess you have one more person fighting for some scarce quantities of whatever.
     
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    You're just going to have to join us old farts on Saturday Insidious... ;), that is if my arthritis isn't acting up...
     
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    Ah, I would.. if I didn't already have my Saturday planned around lunch. But then after lunch I can look up this thread and head out to look for vinyl nearby. :D
     
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    I had no clue that was a thing. It looks like I have a 1960-62 release, shaded but with the "TMKS" instead of "Trademarks".
     
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    Oh, yeah, definitely a thing. These, Deccas, Mercury Living Presence are a great reason to start to listen to classical, and enjoy your table. Rock is a harder thing, because the quality for pressings deteriorated into the seventies, with Dynagroove for RCA, , and thin vinyl pressings as the bean counters needed more coin. Jazz and earlier pop fare better from the mid fifties into the mid sixties, but suffer the same fate.
     
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