Fans of 1980s rock and 1970s disco will have fun digging through the vinyl selection at Record Hunter.
Vintage is the rage in Bangkok, sounds included. My own newfound obsession with old school music started a few months ago, when I asked a relative to bring over a faux-vintage record player from the United States. The hardest part wasn’t carrying of a kilo of fragile equipment over the ocean. It was finding those large black disks to play on it. If you're up for some digging, check out the vintage Ratchada and Rodfai weekend night markets, or head out bright and early Sunday morning to Klong Thom and Charoen Krung for cheap, but sometimes badly kept, records. Otherwise, if you prefer to do your digging in air-conditioned surrounds, here are some of the best shops in Bangkok to hunt for vinyl records and players.
By turntable I don’t mean the ones DJs use for scratching in the clubs. I’m talking about a simple vinyl record player.
For those who don’t have the luxury of coercing a family member to exceed their baggage limit and bring one from overseas, here are your local choices.
Online, there’s Mister G Turntables, whose storefront, unlike the name suggests, seems to be filled with more accessories for turntables rather than the machines themselves. Bookmark this for when you break your needle or tonearm.
For vintage, and (allegedly) still working turntables, We Love Turntable has some affordable and good-looking ones on offer. There are also accessories such as the tonearms, needles, and other audiophile-worthy equipment.
Suan Siang (3/F, Fortune Town, MRT: Rama 9), on the other hand, has futuristic turntables that come in bright lime green, or even with no casing at all. The “cheapest” one up for grabs costs 20,000 baht. But if you’re a true audiophile, this is a bargain.
If money is no object, check out the third floor of Amarin Plaza, which has top-of-the-line turntables and high-end stereo speaker sets to match.
Zud Rang Ma Records
The most talked-about record store at the moment is Zud Rang Ma Records (Sukhumvit soi 53) run by DJ Maft Sai. Here you'll find a mix of retro soul and funk, with rare Thai folk discs thrown in between the crates.
DJ Maft Sai's "Paradise Bangkok" partner Chris Menist has shed some light on some of his Bangkok hunt for old Thai vinyls on CNNGo already: check it out here.
|Your name: *|
|Your email: *|
|Recepient's email: *|
|Enter code: *|
Google Hi5 YouTube Yahoo! Bangkok Post The Nation Pattaya Mail Phuket Gazette MCOT Chiangmai Mail Hua Hin Observer National News Bureau Phuket Post Student Weekly Fashion Music Siam Commercial Bangkok Bank Thai Real Estate Home Design Property Expat AIS True Foreign Exchange Rates Thai-English-Thai Dictionary Bumrungrad Hospital Wikipedia Facebook Suvarnabhumi Airport