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Mark Carey isn't ready to throw in the towel on Carey's Electronics to go into the record shop business, but he is interested in sharing his personal passion for vinyl records with those who enjoy the same simple listening pleasures.
Carey has transformed a room on the second level of his downtown Carey's Electronics location into his newest endeavor, Vintage Vinyl.
With somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 vinyl albums in the collection, the store owner is excited about the opportunity to share some of his finds with music enthusiasts.
"We've been selling high-end turntables for quite some time," Carey said. "Now we offer inexpensive records for all tastes, along with cleaning supplies for turntables and records, needles, belts, cartridges, sleeves."
"I was a collector when I was a kid. I grew up with vinyl. Now the last seven or eight years, my boys and I started collecting," Carey explained, adding that some of his more personal pieces will not be in the sale bins.
The collection offers something for everyone, with selections dating back to the '40s and '50s. There's a good selection of albums from 1965 to 1975, which Carey deemed "a classic record time." Records available include selections up to the '1980s, ranging from rock to alternative, bluegrass to comedy, big band and jazz to Spider-man stories.
"CDs were really hard on the record industry when they came out in the mid-'80s," Carey said. "Records have taken somewhat of a rebound lately. Some new bands have been releasing vinyl once again. There's something about listening to vinyl. It's warm and there's a certain sound to a record that's unique."
Prices on the records are quite reasonable, unless of course it's a rare find. Vintage Vinyl also offers a four for $1 bin.
Vintage Vinyl is open during the regular business hours of Carey's Electronics.