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Old 6th Feb 2019, 11:56 am   #101
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If this isn't taking this thread OT, Rapture Records are at 12 Market Square, Witney (01993 700567) and 'Truck Music Store' are at 101 Cowley Road, Oxford (01865 793866). Both have websites from which further info. may be found. (Usual disclaimer-no connection with either shop other than as a satisfied customer of the former) Fopp Records are in Gloucester Green, Oxford, b.t.w., but I'm not sure when they're due to close.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 3:41 pm   #102
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Did Fopp records take over the 4 Music Markets that were situated in the centre of Oxford in the early 80?
I used to haunt those shops when I was at college in Oxford , one even had an Arcade inside too.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 4:09 pm   #103
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Re the Marconi archive Live Wire [p98]-I've not been to the Bodleian yet either but I will be looking for info re the 1909 Wireless Station at Newhaven [not far from here in Bexhill].
You can see the catalogue on line but it's just an "outline" really if you want to dig deeper. There was a big Hoo Haa a few years ago when the Marconi Company Archive needed a new home and [eventually] the "Bod" stepped in to do a rescue job. It was very much featured in the news at the time! The Pitt Williams Museum is wonderfully eccentric place to visit! I may well have been in Fopp Oxford in the past. It was only a few years ago I discovered that it was actually a group of shops!

I used to go in the Oxford Govt Surplus Store in the eighties [opposite the Old Fire Station] now a trendy Arts Centre! They once absolutely refused a reduction on an R216 RX [it was a bit rougher than the other two] so I bought both the better ones.
I finished up with a cheaper price for the two in the end as the chap didn't seem to be able to add up

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Finally-I often mention an interest in coincidence. As I typed the first lines here [with Coronation Street 1990 on in the background via ITV3] "Jim Macdonald" said to his aspiring Pirate Radio teenage sons, "Who do you think you are Marconi?" They are soldering up the TX just now. I'm surprised I don't recall this radio story line at all

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 1:33 am   #104
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I noticed at the weekend that the online store has been discontinued, though I couldn't find any mention of this on Google. You could buy CD and DVD online from them, without going to a store. But now all the HMV website is a glorified entertainment magazine website. The HMV website also makes no mention of what has happened to the "online Shop". Nor does it mention anything to do with the closure of stores.
HMV moan about Amazon, but lots of separate companies actually do sell their products via Amazon. There was no reason that HMV couldn't have done the same.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 8:09 am   #105
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According to the website they appear to still be run by the administrator, although the site as a Sunrise Records name on it.
Perhaps they deal is going through but I presume will take time, one casualty is the online store perhaps to return when the formalities have been dealt with.

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 8:26 pm   #106
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Just been on the website, they no longer sell albums, of which I bought a small hoard last year from them.
Does anyone on this forum know of any good online album shops?
I can't be arsed anymore with downloading albums followed by burning to disc, it's easier to buy it ready made.
If someone can point me the right way, that'll be of great help.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 8:38 pm   #107
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Rick, if you go to your local newsagents and browse the music mags for the type of music you like you'll find loads of adverts for independent record distributors.

For older stuff you can't beat Discogs.

Hope that helps.

Ps, I'm going to miss HMV Bury.
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Old 12th Feb 2019, 9:31 pm   #108
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Went into HMV Cheltenham today, business as usual quite a few people in , lots of stock and no heavy markdowns.
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Just been on the website, they no longer sell albums, of which I bought a small hoard last year from them.
According to HMV's new owner Doug Putman, the online store is currently down while it is being revamped but he hopes to have it open again in a few weeks.

There are many great online stores but I too would recommend using discogs for older, secondhand or for anything out of stock at normal dealers. There are loads of independent record shops and most offer some sort of online order service, some through discogs. As Kentode says have a shuffles in one of music magazines.

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Old 12th Feb 2019, 11:52 pm   #110
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Went into HMV Cheltenham today, business as usual quite a few people in , lots of stock and no heavy markdowns.
Just the same in Stockport when I called in last Friday. Spent half an hour browsing their stock, picked up a Oneohtrix Point Never CD that I had been looking for and had a nice chat with the guy on the till about dance music and suggested I checkout an artist that was new me.

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Old 13th Feb 2019, 2:18 pm   #111
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Music Magpie is good for second hand CD's and DVD's. They make certain they play before sending them out.
There's also Matt's for new and old
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I heard some great news yesterday. The HMV store in Bath has been saved and apparently it is already open for business.
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Of the 4 Fopp [related] stores I see that [from Wikki] the one in Bristol was given a reprieve on February 8th, due to public demand! Looking at the popularity of these smaller outlets and despite the apparent decline in the market overall, I'm surprised that the new owner [who seems to be the kind of guy you might hope for [despite the "bottom line"] hasn't tried to integrate the Fopp Ethos into the remaining HMV premises at least-even if retention of all of them wasn't possible. There is such a big difference between the two after all.

According to some commentators on the "collapse" of the high street, the integration of more housing and niche style business outlets on a community basis is a way forward. It's felt that people will always want an "actual" shopping experience, even with ever-increasing on-line sales. I didn't find that much up-to date info on line but I am assuming that Fopp Manchester really has gone? Does anyone go past-is it empty.


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Old 15th Feb 2019, 7:37 pm   #114
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I went past Fopp in Manchester a week ago & the shutters were down, not sure if the stock had been moved out.
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Old 16th Feb 2019, 12:37 am   #115
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OK thanks very much for that response Richard. I got to know a couple of staff members

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