A couple weeks ago, a curious Craigslist ad about a new record store opening up in Bend was posted and just like that, our town doubled the number of places to buy quality vinyl.
Recycle Music L.L.C. opened the doors to their store—located at 3 NW Bond St. across from Strictly Organic Coffee on Saturday Sept. 29. So far, owner Keith Schuman has been pleased with the response.
“You never know if it’s going to be a stampede or a trickle,” said Schuman about the opening. “Usually the reality is somewhere in the middle and so far I’ve been very happy.”
Schuman, who is a lover of alternative country music like The Jayhawks, Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo opened the store because his hobby of collecting music had gotten out of control and it was time to start selling.
Along with his own personal collection, Schuman also bought out a Tacoma record store and added that inventory to his own. The result is a shop stocked with thousands of used vinyl records, CDs, cassette tapes and DVDs. There’s even a wall dedicated to music-inspired toys like KISS dolls.
A nice addition to the sale of music is Recycle’s variety of used stereo equipment, including several turntables. Not only can you get back into the vinyl you’ve been kicking yourself for throwing out years ago, you can also put together a system to listen to it on.
Eventually, Schuman says he will have complete systems set up in an attached building so customers can listen to them before buying. Perhaps, if we’re lucky, that space will end up being a sweet listening lounge where we can knock back a couple of beers while listening to some Hendrix. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime, prices are absolutely reasonable. In fact, you might get into trouble there if you don't set a spending limit before you go. Recycle Music carries everything from Prince to The Beatles and with a gigantic back stock, it’s anybody’s guess what else you’ll find as shelves get replenished.
Recycle Music L.L.C.
3 NW Bond St.
10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday thru Sunday