Harsh weather has grabbed all the headlines in central Indiana so far this year. While you were worrying about record lows and snowfall totals quite a bit has actually been going on in the community. While the extra downtime has been great for record collectors there are lots of things to catch up on now that you can get out of the house safely.
First of all, two of the areas better-known audio sales people have left their posts. James and Andy (and yes, I am the Andy in question) from Ovation have both moved on to new jobs. Long time Ovation shoppers fear not, the rest of the crew is still willing and able to offer their top audio brands and a space to actually hear them. After a decade of service James and myself have both decided it was time for a change of pace. Good luck to everyone involved and lets all hope that Ovation continues to be a hotspot for audio shoppers for years to come.
Another Indianapolis music center has undergone a major renovation in the past few months and is now under new ownership: Indy CD and Vinyl. Founder Rick Ziegler has stepped away from the business but long time store manager Annie Skinner has kept the doors open. While the interior is new, the atmosphere is much the same. Long time shop hand Antonio has even returned! Make sure to stop in to say hi and see the new digs before Record Store Day comes along.
Speaking of Record Store Day, it is that time of year again. The Broad Ripple area will again take center stage as Vibes Music, The Exchange, Luna Music and the aforementioned Indy CD and Vinyl will all be taking part. For those of you on the outskirts of town, The Exchange and Karma Records both have locations around the 465 loop that will be part of the celebration as well. This years release list is longer than ever so start making plans now.
There are plenty of things to keep record buyers and hi-fi enthusiast busy for the next few weekends. Get out there and see what all the local shops have been up to over the winter and what new toys the spring has to offer.