Vinyl com­ing back

En­man’s AVU sup­plies vinyl records and turnta­bles to pre­vent that mu­sic from be­ing a lost art

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ANCELENE MACKIN­NON

En­man’s AVU sup­plies records, turnta­bles to pre­vent lost art.

Blake Craig and his friends would spend their week­ends in ju­nior high lis­ten­ing to vinyl records.

What started as a small col­lec­tion has turned into about 250 al­bums.

Those al­bums, which Craig stores in four milk crates, have been spin­ning on a turntable again over the last few years, bring­ing up nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries of when his love for mu­sic be­gan.

Craig said his first vinyl record would have been by Led Zep­pelin or The Bea­tles.

“Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic has al­ways played a big role in my life. I’ll make a con­scious ef­fort to sit down and lis­ten.”

He was re­cently able to ex­pand his vast mu­si­cal li­brary when he or­dered vinyl records from En­man’s Au­dio Video Un­lim­ited.

He and the owner, Bob Pi­card, are friends, and Pi­card sent Craig a list of the few hun­dred al­bums that are avail­able to have or­dered in.

“I bought five al­bums I didn’t have. It has been a big plus to pick out what you want, and Bob has been re­ally good at sup­ply­ing a va­ri­ety of artists.”

Craig has the stereo on four or five times a week for three hours at a time.

“I’ve kept my al­bums in boxes, and I’ve never parted with them. It’s ab­so­lutely great to lis­ten to those old al­bums I had when I was a kid,” he said.

He said there’s a dif­fer­ence in qual­ity when you lis­ten to an al­bum com­pared to a CD.

“I’m pleased to see vinyl is mak­ing a come­back. I guar­an­tee I’ll be go­ing back to En­man’s for more.”

Pi­card agrees the sound of an al­bum on vinyl can’t be beat.

Pi­card’s large col­lec­tion of records is on dis­play at the store, and cus­tomers can make spe­cial or­ders from his sup­plier in On­tario, a ser­vice which be­gan in Novem­ber.

“I have any­thing from Aretha Franklin, Me­tal­lica, Led Zep­pelin, Leonard Co­hen to David Bowie.”

The list also in­cludes new al­bums and is up­dated reg­u­larly. He’s happy to of­fer vinyl and turnta­bles, as it’s con­sid­ered a lost art, he added.

“We want cus­tomers to be aware we sell au­dio and we’re not just a tele­vi­sion store.

“I still be­lieve in vinyl and tra­di­tional mu­sic. There are many peo­ple who still go home and lis­ten to their al­bums.”

Pi­card said he has been a mu­sic lover for the past 40 years.

“My fam­ily was into mu­sic and my kids are into mu­sic one way or an­other. It’s a tra­di­tion that will hope­fully keep be­ing passed down for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

ANCELENE MACKIN­NON/TC ME­DIA

En­man’s Au­dio Video Un­lim­ited now sup­plies vinyl records to the pub­lic through spe­cial or­ders. Owner Bob Pi­card said there is a dif­fer­ence in qual­ity when it comes to lis­ten­ing to records, and he wanted to of­fer that ser­vice to his cus­tomers.

ANCELENE MACKIN­NON/TC ME­DIA

This is a sam­pling of some of the al­bums at En­man’s Au­dio Video in Sum­mer­side.

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