I don't recall seeing anyone mention this before here, but one used vinyl 
store that is definitely worth the trip while you're in Pittsburgh is 
Jerry's Records in the Squirrel Hill section.  Here is their website:

I first went there nearly ten years ago when my daughter started going to 
college in Pittsburgh, and I've been back once or twice each year ever 
since.  Just to put things in perspective, I've been to Princeton Record 
Exchange in its LP heyday, to Gramex and Harold Moore's in London, and to 
Academy in NYC.  Jerry's ranks up there with the best of them.  

Their second-floor shop extends over several large rooms and has every 
genre of music (no CDs, mainly LPs and 45s, with a few 78s).  What 
particularly struck me was how well-organized, for the most part, the place 
was.   For example, in the Classical section, not only are there divider 
cards for, say, Prokofiev Symphonies, but also for each individual 
symphony, with the discs filed in order by record label (Angel, Columbia, 
Decca, etc.) and catalog number within label.  

The prices are reasonable, generally about $3 a disc.  I don't recall 
seeing a Classical LP being priced at more than $12.  There's also a wall 
of 45 rpm boxed sets, both Classical and pop, but it's hidden and not well-
lit; (you may want to bring a flashlight for that).  Payment is cash only, 
no credit cards, so hit the ATM before you go.  The place is about five 
miles from the Westin, not really walkable, but only an eight-minute 
drive.  Parking is on-street and metered.

I spoke to Jerry recently about the upcoming ARSC convention, and he said 
that he would try to arrange to keep the store open until 9 p.m. on 
Thursday or Friday while we're there.  I will have my car with me, and 
would be happy to bring three other ARSC members along when I go (probably 
Thursday night, although if he doesn't keep the store open late, it might 
have to be during part of one of the days).  I would also be glad to meet 
others at the store when I go, and give them a quick overview of where 
things are, which will save some time.  Just e-mail me off-line if you're 
interested.  I have no affiliation with Jerry's except as a satisfied 

Mark Obert-Thorn