Reporting Ron Matz
CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—In case you haven’t noticed, the record album is making a comeback. Sales of vinyl are on the increase.
Ron Matz reports that’s good news for independent record stores and especially one Catonsville business owner.
Gary Gebler is his name, and vinyl is his game. He opened Trax on Wax three years ago, buying and selling albums. The store is a hit.
“First and foremost, vinyl sounds better. It’s a listening experience. You have to sit down and physically put the album on. You have to open up the jacket and read the words and see who played on it. It’s a real experience, and you get a lot of knowledge out of it, and it’s a fun thing to do,” Gebler said.
Saturday is National Record Store Day, and Trax on Wax is part of the celebration.
“From 10 til 6 p.m., we’ll have a lot of things going on. Prizes, giveaways, live music, limited edition releases. It’s a fun-filled day,” Gebler said.
And the fun is in the spin zone.
“We’re coming up on three years. Things are going great. People seem to like what we have to offer. We have a lot of support in the community. We have 50,000 LPs at this location,” Gebler said.
If you have one of these albums, you’re in luck. The Beatles and John Coltrane are two of the hottest sellers.
“We buy people’s collections,” Gebler said. “We buy one album from somebody. It doesn’t matter how big or how small. Depending on the title and the condition, we do purchase records. The Beatles, Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, The Who, they’re all consistent sellers. And jazz is huge.”
And even young people are getting into the groove.
“We’ve got teenagers and we’ve got parents bringing their kids in. Some of them just want to look, like it’s a museum. ‘This is what a record used to look like.’ They also come in and buy, purchasing a turntable and records. They keep coming back. It’s really a rewarding experience for us here,” Gebler said.
For more information about Saturday’s Record Store Day and Trax on Wax, click here.