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Record shops : a bargain?

Record shops : a bargain?

Is downloading from the Internet killing the music industry? One thing is certain: making music readily available on the web is not to everyone's taste... However, consumers are rubbing their hands with glee: old and recent hits are now just a click away.

Nonetheless, staunch traditionalists maintain the ritual of purchasing records, and to counteract ever-increasing prices, there is another option available. In the 21st century, you can buy the album of your dreams at a low price and in mint condition. You just need to know where to go; to know the places where music-lovers crazy about traditional audio recordings hang-out. Here is our tour of second hand music shops.

We shall start with « Arlequin », just off the Porte de Namur. The shop has a vast collection of records, ranging from funk to reggae via pop and rock. 

In the city centre, as well as the quintessential « Pêle-mêle », our musical tour also takes us to « United Music », a small shop devoted to specialised musical styles: electronic, rock, hip-hop, jazz and world, with regular new arrivals. Just a fountain's spray from the Manneken Pis, the second « Arlequin » shop takes a back seat to the flashes of tourists' cameras. A never-ending source of discoveries and collector's records, the place offers a range of styles: rock, jazz, punk, industrial music and other imports. Just off rue Neuve, « DiscOsold » (Boulevard Adolphe Max 97, 1000 Bruxelles) provides its customers with a rich palette of musical styles. It's great for finding gifts at Christmas and New Year: classical music, jazz, rock, pop, electro, hip-hop, you'll find something for everyone here.

Caroline music is back. The best record shop downtown has reopened at Boulevard Anspach. 

To end, music-lovers should take a stroll up Avenue Louise to visit « Hors-Serie ». On the second floor of a building along the main road, this shop is teeming with an impressive choice of music, ranging from classical to French popular singers. In this perfect setting you will definitely find your favourite album. In Brussels, there are great second-hand bargains to be found.

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