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The Return of Vinyl

by dsitler

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The advent of digital music has had a rough effect on record stores the past 10-15 years. For music lovers, it was always pure joy to cruise the aisles of their local record store getting lost in exploring music. Once music became available to purchase with a few clicks on the computer mouse or from a phone, record stores started to disappear. Thankfully for many music enthusiasts, the trend has subsided with vinyl record stores making a comeback.

Vinyl Record Revival, 220 East Main Street in Batavia, NY is leading the resurgence locally with a wonderful record store. Owner Rich Mistretta has turned his hobby into a business a few months ago with a nice storefront in downtown. The store is filled with sections of new and used record albums to peruse. The large Beatles mural in the store signifies that the owner's favorite band are well represented here. There are a few turntables available that can be used as listening stations for customers to check out the albums.

Many music lovers are not fond of the compressed sound of CDs or MP3s and are returning to purchasing vinyl for its superior sound qualities. It's a trend that started gaining momentum a decade ago. All of today's major artists release vinyl albums - therefore you might see a Taylor Swift or Justin Timberlake album next to some vintage Rolling Stones or Blondie.

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While records is the focus of the shop, there are also used CDs, DVDs, books, and much more. Vinyl Record Revival also has used turntable and stereo equipment available for sale. If you enjoy good music and the freedom of moving about a record store this is your place.

Vinyl Record Revival is open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..