Speaking of vinyl records, I found heaven at Hollywood & Sunset in 1965.
Wallach's Music City was the biggest record store I'd ever seen. But the best part was you could listen to any record in the place before you bought it. They had these booths with headphones and you could stay as long as you wanted and listen to music. The best hangout ever!
located at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Vine St. Had a commercial dance band(10 musicians)that played all the old standards plus some of the newer stuff. The folks at Wallachs knew we were light on cash...so they saved complimentary arrangements of all the standards for us. We weren't free by any means...usually got scale at the time. Band was together for about 3 years and was doing regular radio gigs toward the end. I left early on when I changed from trumpet to horn. This was early 50s when people still knew how to dance and danced frequently.
as I write about audio and have for 15+ years, hence my moniker. So I get sweetheart, bankster-like friendly deals from manufacturers and buy at "to dealer" or "cost plus a (very) small percentage" when I buy a component. Sometimes manufacturers say things like "Oh, you like it that much? You can keep it, then" after reviews are published. Sometimes they throw bricks, too, and vow "NO MORE SOUP FOR YOU!"
and so did my best bud's parents. Ours had a little picture of a feather on the tonearm. A picture of a brick would have been far more appropriate. You could practically see the vinyl shavings flying off the "needle."
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