At the Montclair Book Center, you can find J.D. Salinger and Gary Shteyngart on nearby shelves, so why not Santana next to Frank Sinatra? This past Saturday, during Montclair Center’s sidewalk sale, the Glenridge Ave. indie debuted its new (old) vinyl section, which contains several hundred record albums — many of them from store owner Peter Ryby’s personal collection.
Santana Abraxas sits next to Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night.
Among the samplings: Who’s Next ($8.99), Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run ($6.99), the Police’s Synchronicity ($7.99) and a variety of Frank Sinatra albums in the $3.99 range.
“I don’t know any stores here that carry [vintage] vinyl,” says assistant manager John Ynsua, who built the downstairs shop. Crazy Rhythms, the former record store on Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, closed in 2000.
As to who’s interested so far in the old-fashioned 33’s, Ynsua says it’s both Baby Boomers and kids of high school and college age.
“Some of our very young employees are all excited about it. I’ve seen high school kids in here asking about old records,” he said. “It’s a lost technology that people want back.”
A turntable sits next to the record collection and once a set of headphones is added, patrons will be able to play the records and see if they like them. The LP section also includes some used CD’s, music catalogues, sheet music and songbooks.
But don’t get excited about the possibility of dumping your old L.P.’s at Montclair Book Center for cash or credit. They’re only taking dealers’ collections for now.