I work with Rainbo all the time. They pressed up my recent Jazz Man Anthology CD. I went to their warehouse to pick up my pressings and there was as much vinyl being readied to be shipped out as there was CDs and DVDs.
> Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:34:44 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] music man murray record collection & Murray Gershenz, music collector extraordinaire, is parting with his entire music library.
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> On 8/18/2010 2:22 PM, Historische Aufnahmen wrote:
> > I recall the excitement when first moved to LA at the prospect of going to
> > Murray's. Then I went. Dashed hopes. Only to be outdone by the music shop
> > on Highland at Santa Monica, with a shopkeeper even more arrogant than
> > Murray.
> What shop is/was that? THe History channel program on retrotech I
> mentioned last week that had a segment at the Rainbo pressing plant
> interviewed the owner of a store The Record Collector on Melrose near
> Fairfax which is south of Santa Monica Blvd and not far from Highland.
> Their website -- which hasn't changed since 1999 -- states they've been
> in the same location for 25 years, was founded in 1974, and as of Sept
> 1999 are located at 7809 Melrose. That means they were at another
> Hollywood location for 25 years and have been here for 21 years. (I
> looked at the site's earlier versions on the wayback machine to see if
> the earlier address could be found, but the Nov 1999 version is the
> oldest and is the same as the current page
> http://www.therecordcollector.net/Doc/Review.htm except for the
> deletion of the fax number.
> > I hate to see record (and book) shops close but when their "owner"
> > behaves as these folks have, give me the internet any day.
> > Alan Carrie
> This guy seemed nice enough but the shelves were full. If you want nice
> guys and interesting (but smaller) stores and stock, I recommend Pops
> Resale in Lexington Kentucky, and Whistlin' Willie in Pittsburgh Pa.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> > On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM, Cary Ginell<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> The point differentiating "stock" from "collection" is well-taken in this
> >> case. To my knowledge, Murray as never been anything but a shopkeeper. He
> >> has no private collection to my knowledge and really isn't all that
> >> concerned with the finer points of discographical research as are serious
> >> collectors. He never worked hard to make his a better business. He just
> >> opened his doors and expected to sell his schlock for whatever ridiculous
> >> prices he posted on them. He has been reviled in L.A. for decades as being a
> >> grumpy, mean, brusque, and difficult person. The last time I visited his
> >> shop was maybe 25-30 years ago, when it was on Santa Monica Blvd. near
> >> Western, a bad part of town even then. What he's got now is most likely the
> >> same stuff, only rifled through even further. There may be some choice items
> >> that he set aside (some of which he has displayed during interviews), but I
> >> can almost guarantee that they are a miniscule percentage of his holdings
> >> and certainly not representative of all that is there. If his business were
> >> doing well, he wouldn't need to find a new profession at his advanced age.
> >> He could have just dumped what was left and gone off to some island in
> >> blissful retirement. But creating a new image of himself as a "lovable old
> >> coot" on TV shows is easier for him and probably earns him a much better
> >> income than selling records. If these records end up in a land fill
> >> somewhere, they probably won't be missed.
> >> Cary Ginell