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Track One Vintage Stereo Keeps Vinyl Alive -
Visiting a music store may mean pushing the iTunes button for some. But loyal customers prefer browsing among old vinyls at Track 1 Vintage Stereo in Antioch.
The store is a bit of a time capsule, taking the visitor back to the times when vinyl was king.
“Everyone who comes in here says it’s a throwback of a music store in the ’70s,” said owner Dave P. "The store has evolved to keep vinyl alive. People want to continue to play them.”
His customer base comes from Lake County and throughout Illinois, as well as Indiana and Wisconsin, he said.
Robert Splitt of Grayslake said there aren’t many stores around like this one, but among the ones he visits in Chicago, he likes Track 1 Vintage Stereo the most.
“He’s got the best prices anywhere; it’s awesome there’s a store like that around here,” Splitt said.
He’s been shopping at the record store for almost five years and he not only buys the records of 1920s jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, but he also buys the equipment that he sells and fixes.
Splitt said he’s bought turntables, amplifiers, equalizers and tape decks from the store. He’s also had his equipment serviced by Dave.
“I trust his work; he always does a good job,” Splitt said.
“Analog recording is a lot more personable. A CD has a little bit of an edge or harshness,” Dave said.
Tome Borgstrom of Antioch agrees. He likes the sound of ’70s rock and roll on vinyl. He’s been going to Track 1 Vintage Stereo for a few years and said, “If you’re interested in vinyl, that’s a place to visit.”
Posters of bands and artist such as the king of pop, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd adorn the walls while customers browse the records or look at the turntables that seem like prehistoric metal now. He also can refoam speakers like no one else can: “I’ve been doing it for a long time and I’m good at it,” he said.
Dave added that if people have vinyl sitting in an attic or garage, they should bring it into Track 1 Vintage Stereo for some cash and so others who truly enjoy the sound may have the chance to listen. Otherwise, “you’re letting good records go bad,” he said.
Some customers have walked out with $300 worth of vinyl, he said. A single LP might be $5 at the store. “I think vintage vinyl has a nice, clear sound people really enjoy."
--Excerpt, Lake County Suburban Life
Play it Again and Again
New Antioch Illinois shop tracks vinyl LPs, vintage audio gear
ANTIOCH, Illinois -- There's a rare find of a store for music lovers who cling to their vinyl records.
David P, who owns Track 1 at 348 W. North Ave., sells and repairs vintage stereo equipment just when you think people have all but stopped playing them and consigned them to memory lane.
Not so, according to Dave. Some music lovers are quite partial to their old records.
"Vinyl records provide richer and warmer sound than CDs," said Dave, who also carries thousands of long-playing vinyl records.
These days, owners of vintage stereo equipment are often at a loss to find a shop that can repair their stereos. One reason is the difficulty in finding the right parts, he said.
"A lot of guys just don't want to do it because the time you have to spend in repairing and the amount you have to charge. It's not worth the trouble," he explained. "I charge by the job, rather than by the hour." He also makes house calls if absolutely necessary.
He also carries stereo equipment from makers like JBL, Marantz, Pioneer, Yamaha and Technics, along with turntables, receivers, cartridges, speakers, styluses and other accessories. Some are still new; others he has reconditioned.
"What I want to do is provide a place where people can hear and buy equipment the way music was meant to sound," he said.
--Excerpt, March 15, 2007 - Lake County News-Sun, LONG HWA - Photo: Thomas Delany, Jr./News