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Top Spots For Vinyl In Houston

January 14, 2014 7:00 AM

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Music and other audio recordings are largely digitized. In our modern electronic world, we can listen to the music we want, when we want, by accessing the internet, our cell phones or some other digital source. But some listeners long for the days when vinyl records supplied all of our musical enjoyment. Digital recordings have added convenience, but many feel a sense of nostalgia and still enjoy grabbing a record from its sleeve and taking it for a spin on the turntable. Here are some of the best places in the Houston area to find vinyl records.
Vinyl Edge Records
239 W. 19th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(281) 537-2575
www.vinaledge.com

Open since 1985, Vinyl Edge Records is an independent record and CD store selling both new and used CDs as well as used records from a wide assortment of artists. Curious shoppers can search the Vinyl Edge Records website for available inventory before they pay a visit. The store takes special orders and even sells seven-inch singles and other blasts from the past. Vinyl Edge Records also sells laser disks and VHS tapes.
Heights Vinyl
3122 White Oak Drive
Houston, TX 77008
(281) 974-1234
www.heightsvinyl.com

Records and passion define Heights Vinyl. The store was opened with one purpose in mind: to provide a place where consumers can talk about the music they love and share their interest with others. Heights Vinyl also sells turntables, receivers, speakers and headphones for a one-stop shopping experience. If you have an older record player with problems, Heights Vinyl will repair it, making it one of the few places in the Houston area that performs this type of service.

Sound Exchange
1846 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 666-5555
www.soundexchangehouston.com

Sound Exchange is a different type of record store and this is obvious when you visit. The store is located not in a strip mall, but in a two- story house. A visit to Sound Exchange is like returning home after a long absence and record lovers will find much to like and share. If CDs are still your preference, no problem. Sound Exchange sells them as well and it pays top dollar for older records and CDs provided they are in good condition.

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Cactus Music
2110 Portsmouth St.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-9272
www.cactusmusictx.com

Cactus Music has been serving its customers for many years. The retail outlet promotes itself as Houston’s first independent music store and it sells records, CDs and related products. Cactus Music often features live music along with meet-and-greet events where fans can chat with some of the hottest musical acts in the area. The store buys used CDs, DVDs and records and if you have a large collection or estate up for sale, Cactus Music will even send one of its representatives to your home.

Sig’s Lagoon
3622 E. Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 533-9525
www.sigslagoon.com

A visit to Houston’s fourth ward isn’t complete without a trip to Sig’s Lagoon. This record store buys and sells vinyl across many genres of music and is operated by some of the coolest, hippest staff found anywhere in the business. Sig’s Lagoon offers merchandise such as shirts, hats and assorted gifts that make it a great shopping excursion when you want a personal and unique item not offered anywhere else. Its location close to downtown makes it convenient to much of the Houston area and its selection of rare and hard-to-find vinyl records is second to none.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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