by Anthony Kershaw
The web and shopping are facts of life. Most people gravitate to good pricing, especially in the high end realm. That said, there is nothing like the one on one, person to person discussion and guidance about gear and recordings. So, if you have a local dealer, support them. End of! They are doing missionary work and maintain the passion for our industry. Yet, there are times when only mail order/online has the stuff you want, especially recordings. So, with that in mind, check out the following fine online establishments for high end audio gear and recordings.
1. Elusive Disc — amazing collection of CDs, LPs. Good gear selection.
2. Needledoctor — Analog heaven.
3. Audiogon — THE high end classifieds/auctions on the net.
4. Canuck Audio Mart — Same as Audiogon, but smaller and Canadian :)
5. Music Direct — large collection of gear and accessories.
6. Acoustic Sounds — Chad Kassam’s wonderful online high end emporium.
7. A Classical Record — THE second hand classical music store. Call Albert ten Brink to find what you need.
8. Jazz Record Center — Amazing selection of second hand jazz vinyl.
9. Amazon — great deals for mainsteam gear and recordings.
10. iTunes — If you can’t beat them, join them. When you need it NOW! 256 downloads, only! :(
For the record, I have no affiliation with any of the companies, with the exception of Amazon (Audiophilia is an affiliate site).