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Record shopping in Fairfax, VA

I was on vacation last week in the DC area (hot and humid, by the way), and while it was mostly a history and political week with a couple of river excursions, I had time to stop by a couple of record stores in Fairfax, VA, where I was staying with relatives. There are two - the Record and Tape Exchange (aka RTX), and Mobius, both on Main Street. RTX had a little classical, Mobius none, but both had a selection of interesting rock, jazz and soundtracks, both new and used. Of the two, RTX was prouder of its sealed and rare releases - some pretty high prices for some of it -$400 for a Mosaic set of Bill Evans, for example, and $50 records were common - but many Japanese pressings of jazz, for example, and actually lots of reasonably priced stuff as well - I found a very nice LP of John Prine priced at $1. Mobius was more "normal" from a pricing standpoint, and lots of interesting stuff there too - found a pristine set of "Will the Circle be Unbroken" for $9, which I thought was more than reasonable.

I asked both proprietors about the business - both said it was great, and at RTX, he said that the media didn't call the increase in vinyl that he saw nearly soon enough.

Lots of shoppers at RTX, fewer at Mobius, although I was there at the start of dinner time.

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Topic - Record shopping in Fairfax, VA - TGR 11:27:03 06/19/17 (2)


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