WEATHERSFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Customers at The Record Connection in Weathersfield celebrated National Record Store Day on Saturday by lining up to get their hands on some vinyl.
Owner Jeffrey Burke says the store offers music for all tastes, from classical to today’s hits.
“The used records turn over quickly, that’s kind of our bread and butter right now. New records are a little bit expensive. They are coming down in price, but they’re a little pricey in my eyes.”
His record store struggled in the early 2000s and digital music and online streaming hurt business, but the store has been doing well lately.
On National Record Store Day last year, the Foo Fighters performed at The Record Connection. Joe Walsh also paid the shop a visit in 2015.
Burke says those big names, in addition to the vinyl fad, have helped resurge his record store.
“Things have been very, very good, 2015 was very exceptional for the store. Foo Fighters being here as well as Joe Walsh later on in the year, and it’s got us a lot of publicity.”
He says people are turning back to the sounds of vinyl records as more music goes digital because they are learning to appreciate the high-quality sound played on records. Many local musicians are also having their albums made on vinyls.
“The record has revived that…You got something to look at, something to hold onto. It’s an ownership thing.”
Demos Papadimas is a local folk musician who still puts his music on vinyl records.
“I’ve always liked vinyl,” he said. “It’s a good way to get it out there. There’s an interest for it, that’s what it comes down to.”
Outside of his own personal interest for records, Papadimas says records give the listener a more intimate sound, one that can’t be heard from a phone or computer.
“Things recorded on vinyl, you get that at the audio quality you would in a studio.”
Burke says if the store sells out of an album, it would take about 90 days to restock newly pressed vinyl.