125 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX | Directions 7820529.427393 -98.487805
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central San Antonio
A HIDDEN LABRYNTH OF VINYL GOODIES – Ok, so the place is very cluttered and overstocked, and the location isn't the greatest if you are driving (parking meters) and sure, the owner tends to talk a bit much if he likes you, but overall the good outweighs the annoying. As the last fellow said, lots of genres covered; you just never know what you will uncover...be sure and bring a lunch with you, for you'll definetly be hunting a good while. The amount of treasures i've already exhumed keep me coming back again and again, and the owner does indeed get new stock all the time, plus he's reasonable regarding prices and haggling...the cryptic location of this shop (on the 3rd floor behind the back of the room) makes this recordshop pretty special and unique overall....
Highly recommended. A true vinyl conisseurs choice.
I visited this place not sure what to expect (partly based on the other reviews).
The reality is an absolute gold mine. There is a massive amount of stock and the owner has good knowledge of all the genres covered. I would say people looking for 1950s to 1980s music would be best served here. If you are into collecting vinyl from this time (country, blues, folk, jazz, classic rock, psychedelia etc) then you absolutely have to visit.
Yeah, the rows are abit cluttered but it's because he's always getting new stock - infact it definitely gave the vinyl hunt more character for me! Original Charles Mingus 1950s LPs hiding in boxes in the corner!
I thought it was good not having prices on everything - we looked at the pile of sweet slabs I chose and he gave me a deal. I thought his prices were totally reasonable.
The good, the bad and the ugly... – I travel for a living and I enjoy collecting vinyl so I get to browse a lot of "record shops" in a lot of different cities.
If you are looking for a particular, hard-to-find copy of an album to add to your collection, this place probably has it ...and there's a good chance there's more than one copy of it. The albums I looked at seemed to be in very good to excellent condition ...not just the vinyl itself but the cover as well. The guy who owns the shop is music-savvy and quite knowledgeable about his extensive stock ...which is good because there are two things preventing this shop from becoming one of the truly great indie purveyors of vintage vinyl.
Space, not the final frontier kinda space, but the serious lack of it given the amount of records this guy has in stock. If you enjoy browsing, forget it. The aisles are too small and they are invariably blocked with piles of records awaiting filing. Browsing the current stock is all but impossible, again, because of the amount of un-filed records stacked on top. Do not enter the store with a backpack; you won't be able to turn around ...the space is that cramped. Like most people I enjoy cruisn' the stacks ...some of my best finds have been albums I wasn't even looking for ...but here at "the Alamo" browsing is an all but impossible feat and arduous at best.
Sticker shock ...like the "I can't believe he wants that much for this album" kinda shock. Now I know there are some pricey albums out there simply because of their rarity or because of their pristine condition (or both!). But ...I'm not that kind of shopper. I'm not a purist when it comes to the records I buy; I don't mind if the cover's a bit worn or even downright ugly ...as long as the vinyl encased within is worthy I'm happy. Just about every LP filed is without any pricing noted on it; the caveat being a label on the display box indicating a price range of between $8-$20. So I don't know if you're expected to negotiate with the guy or what. Me, I like to know what stuff costs up front. We all like to find a "Diamond in the Rough" and I always check out the $1 box ...I've found some great stuff in the bargain box. If this guy has one I couldn't find it ...and given the cramped confines it would not be any fun browsing it.
It's a frustrating shop because given some space to display the records effectively and a more straight forward and reasonable approach to pricing, Alamo Records would be outstanding. If you have a particular album you are searching for then by all means give this guy a shot ...it will most likely be in very good or better condition but be ready to pay for it.
What a waste – I was excited when I first looked into the room and saw all the vinyl records. What a great find!
Then I walked in...
The place is TOO crowded. I like to browse but it's near impossible...the aisles are too narrow, the boxes are too crammed with records to be able to easily flip through, there's very little signage and almost no pricing.
They guy inside seems to have a pretty good idea of where everything is and knows a lot about his inventory but I don't want to have to ask about everything.
The prices are WAY too high, at least for me. I'm not into collecting vinyl as an investment. I like vinyl because I like the classic sound they have.
There's A LOT of potential here.
Best place for vinyl records are at garage sales, flea markets and the library.
Update: I went back here 10/6/10. I found a record a wanted, help it up for the guy to see (he never gets out of his chair) and asked him the price. He said $15. I browsed around and later asked him again to comfirm the price. He said $15 again. So, when I get ready to get a "ticket" from him so i can pay downstairs he takes the record and says he can't sale it for $15. WTH?
I change my rating from 2 stars to 1.
I will NOT be back.
Tourists and locals alike shop here for bargains on retro collectibles and vinyl. – Vintage Vinyl
While Echoes From the Past may be known for their extensive specialty collections, they also have a lot of, to put it simply, other stuff. Perhaps the most notable (or rather, "note"able) part of Echoes is its basement, which contains Alamo Records and Sheet Music, the place to find over 90,000 78s, 45s and LPs. It's the largest stock of vinyl in South Texas and though it's physically hard to navigate, the boxes are clearly marked and well-organized. Prices are high, but options are many.
Though it's odd to think that a Stormtrooper PEZ dispenser is worth anything, at Echoes, it'll be five bucks. Plastic and metal lunchboxes featuring classic television shows are available and a Steve Urkel doll can be had for a mere $55.
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