Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Speaking of vinyl records, I found heaven at Hollywood & Sunset in 1965.

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:38 PM
Original message
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!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 03:48 PM
Response to Original message
1. We used to do that at Rhino Records in Westwood and..
Zed Records in Long Beach.
I treasure my vinyl and the machines I play them on.


Tikki
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 04:03 PM
Response to Reply #1
2. Still have my LPs but like an idiot I gave my Dual 1229 to a buddy 20 years ago.
:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:39 PM
Response to Reply #2
3. Remember Wallachs with fondness...
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.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:41 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. You're right. I'm an idiot. It was Sunset & Vine. Kinda kitty corner from Hullabaloo.
:hi:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:53 PM
Response to Original message
5. Oh for a place like that today!
5000+ LPs here and still counting. Give me vinyl or give me death!

My "record player" a SOTA Cosmos III vacuum turntable:


Here's the pickup arm that it carries, a Graham 2.2:


my cartridge, the Dynavector XV-1S:


and lastly, the phono stage I am currently auditioning, the Pass Labs XP-25:


Swoon!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 05:57 PM
Response to Reply #5
6. Awesome! Worth more than my car.
:rofl:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:06 PM
Response to Reply #6
7. I am "in the industry"
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 it's worth a lot more than MY car, too. :)
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 06:14 PM
Response to Reply #7
8. Can't beat swag.
:toast:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:10 PM
Response to Reply #7
9. Remember those Console record players ? (I started to write Hi-Fi but they were anything but.)
My Dad used to call them Lathes. :) :)
I think they tracked at 1/8 pound
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 10:29 AM
Response to Reply #9
10. My parents had one of those
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." :rofl:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
GReedDiamond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 11:28 AM
Response to Reply #5
11. I salute your dedication to...
...sweet analog on vinyl! Nothing beats analog, when experienced under the proper conditions.

On the OP, Wallach's was indeed a great place. I used to go there after arriving in L.A. in early '76.

It's funny how places like that fade away, and then, years later, you're going, "shit, I remember how great _______ was. Why don't they make 'em like that anymore?"
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Mon Sep 15th 2014, 08:38 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC