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olelad

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Re: record shops
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2019, 09:55:49 PM »
its one place I miss going into is the old record shop. I could spend ages in any I went into and you always meet someone to talk to.

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« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2019, 11:21:40 AM »

22/24 Berry Street.

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^^^ Aye, that's the very one.

Jeff used to run Dragon Records, which was upstairs on Wellington Place, near the corner with College Square East. Good range of stock, but I noticed a few months back it seemed to be gone.

Nice to see it's just been a move closer into the city centre, rather than shutting down!

Pity that Terri Hooley seems to have given up on the record business altogether, though the recent film about his career was certainly a nice way to sign off.

I must have followed him through at least five different shops over the years, as Good Vibrations moved through several different incarnations. Definitely a Belfast legend.

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« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2019, 01:28:17 PM »


Shankill Road, to the left Lawnbrook Avenue, to the right Glenwood Street.  :)
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« Reply #18 on: June 12, 2019, 02:20:17 PM »

Record players are now widely available that can play records and digitise the audio and convert it to an audio format computer file and save it to a computer.
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Some record.music shops would probably offer a similar service.


Yes, there's a place up the Lisburn Road that does digital conversion services for audio and video - it's a time-consuming process, so naturally not that cheap.

For folks starting out, those USB turntables can be a good choice. The record shop 'Head' over in Ann St/ later Castle Court (closed early in 2018) used to have some reasonable ones in the window - a friend bought one for his daughter.

I ended up buying a wee plug-in gadget from Maplins in Connswater a few years back to digitise some of my records and tapes - it connects an RCA lead from my existing turntable to a USB port on a computer. No doubt they can be found on Amazon and places like that too, now that Maplin are no more.

It worked pretty well, though a bit fiddly getting the sound level right and reducing the background hum. I prefer the overall 'vinyl experience' at home, but right enough, the iPod's a fair bit handier in the car or on the move.

Recent vinyl reissues often have a download card inside to access a digital version of the album, but what interests me tends to be recordings by local bands from a few years back - and there's not much choice there other than the original vinyl/tape.

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« Reply #19 on: June 12, 2019, 05:12:27 PM »
     Sells them,...

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio-and-headphones/audio/hifi-systems-and-speakers/turntables/550_4278_32438_xx_xx/xx-criteria.html

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/store-finder/belfast-bt8

That would be a useful service for community groups to offer, either for free or for a fee.

I certainly wouldn't advise trying this method. !   :)  https://youtu.be/bAtlXr5lihs

This method might be more practical, and especially so if his camera work and sound level had  been better. !      https://youtu.be/0BSsDK2kbws

These guys do it a lot better,... https://youtu.be/2iaEvnVXvZI              https://youtu.be/oDPoA9KOfeg

This guy is downloading and installing and using the free Audacity software program to use to transfer his records to computer.  https://youtu.be/8S5xkyXlPQ0                https://www.audacityteam.org/

https://forum.audacityteam.org/



This guy is downloading and burning MP3 format audio files to a CD,... very relaxing voice. !  https://youtu.be/Tvkxvfv0ZJ8

James James

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Re: record shops
« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2019, 06:27:14 PM »

Ninox

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Re: record shops
« Reply #21 on: June 13, 2019, 02:20:36 PM »
Ah, that's good to know that Dragon's still around. I passed the building the other week and all the signage seemed to be gone, but mebbe they're re-branding or something. At least that's another decent 'digging in the crates' establishment to add to the list, for anyone looking old or rare stuff.

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Re: record shops
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2019, 12:28:48 PM »
I really miss smithfeild markets.

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« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2019, 02:41:20 PM »
I bought one of my first LPs from Smithfield when I was about 13 - a copy of 'Who's Next' by The Who, cheap cos it had a ripped cover. Cracker album, even now.
There's still some interesting wee shops in Smithfield - like the old toy shop - but it's not a patch on what it once was, sadly.

Mind you, St George's Market has some great traders that put me in mind of the old Smithfield - one fella even has an 'I Buy Anything' sign...

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« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2019, 03:36:24 PM »
1971,... and as an added bonus,... sold in Iran and censored in Spain. O0    https://youtu.be/CZQ_g9MJCvE



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« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2019, 05:31:12 PM »
The first proper record shop I remember in the City Centre was The Gramophone Shop, opposite the City Hall. I can remember Woolworths and Boots selling chart albums and singles (before I was really all that interested in music) but the Gramophone Shop had loads of discs.
Anyone know when it closed down? And is it now the Molson&Brown shop? I can't seem to remember it beyond the late 1990s.

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« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2019, 04:58:40 AM »
Bang on the money. !  O0   Molton Brown is at 16 Donegall Square North.

1960,... Donegall Square North,...

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16. Gramophone Shop, The, Records, Radio, Television & Hi-Fi.
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"Solomon and Perez & Major Minor Records"       http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=8670.0

Have a reward,...       https://youtu.be/E8_ig4SPAak

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« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2019, 12:11:22 PM »

Heh, good to know the old memory hasn't completely left me, then!

Yes, Head in Castle Court closing down so suddenly was quite unexpected - they stocked a lot of good vinyl, including some second-hand stuff. Very peculiar, and obviously a right oul kick in the teeth for the staff. I remember them previously when they were located in Ann St, too.

HMV in Castle Place still carries a fairly good range of LPs, but unless you find something on sale then it's much cheaper to look online. 30, 40 in there for a record is a bit of a cod. I'd sooner buy from a proper record shop, but I'm not made of money!

Having said that, newer reissues have made some albums much more affordable. We were burgled years ago when I was living off the Lisburn Road near to the Village, and nearly all my LPs were nyucked (along with the video, the telephone, the mantlepiece clock and some Pot Noodles out of the kitchen, would ye believe). Some were rare stuff that simply couldn't be found again at the time, so it's only decades later that I'm able to get some of these back, finally!

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Re: record shops
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2019, 12:26:03 PM »

"Solomon and Perez & Major Minor Records"       http://www.belfastforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=8670.0


That's also very interesting - I had (have?) one record in my collection on the Major Minor label - 'Mony Mony' by Tommy James & The Shondells. Never knew there was a local link there, thanks for that!

https://www.discogs.com/Tommy-James-The-Shondells-Mony-Mony/release/1912789