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3 Great record shops in 1 small town - lucky

On 14 May 2011 at 11:47pm Rich wrote:
I don't think the good people of Lewes realise how lucky we are to have 3 great record shops in our town. Octave, Union & Si's Sounds.
All 3 have wonderful friendly & knowledgeable staff, all provide a great service and are a credit to the town. We tend to hav a lot of people moan about the 'ball of string' shops, but we have more independent music retailers than Oxford, wolverhampton, plymouth, the list goes on.
Get out there and use em.
On 15 May 2011 at 9:05am supporter wrote:
In the good old days we had The Record bar in the Cliffe what memories.
On 15 May 2011 at 9:55am pedant wrote:
Lovely im sure but why do we need 3 shops ? One of the biggest problems with this town is that we have too many shops doing the same thing...3 health food shops, 2 CHEESE shops, god knows how many antique shops, hairdressers and barbers all over the place, 2 pet shops...the list goes on
On 15 May 2011 at 10:19am Rich wrote:
Well they all do different things
Octave are a general music/cd store
Si's sounds sell only second hand records
Union specialise in Americana, folk, country. Sell used and new and tickets, clothing and instruments.
So all very different. I knew some curmudgeon would find something to moan about.
On 15 May 2011 at 3:12pm Old cynic wrote:
Don't we only have one cheese shop now?
As for health food shops we have one independent and two chains - use the independent (Julian Graves looks like it might be in trouble) - why is it a bad thing to have shops selling the same thing - two supermarkets soon to become three - that seems to be okay and is called 'competition?!
On 15 May 2011 at 5:57pm bastian wrote:
I had the misfortune to enter HMV in Brighton recently, though I know it's on the skids, but it had stacks of only one sort of popular thing...as long as Octave can keep a regular local customer we'll be saved from the depressing culture of popular only for sale.(needless to say I do not internet shop) if I did like everyone else Octave would close.Interesting that he can keep going when a chain as big as HMV cannot,perhaps it's because he actually knows loads about music.
On 15 May 2011 at 6:16pm Nit Picking Pete wrote:
Supporter, the Record Bar wasn't actually in the Cliffe, was it.
On 16 May 2011 at 7:36pm supporter wrote:
I think you will find it was beside the now demolished railway bridge that was part of the Lewes to Uckfield line
On 16 May 2011 at 9:56pm moi wrote:
true, Cliffe is over the bridge.
On 17 May 2011 at 3:19pm Big Pa wrote:
Can anyone help me pin down the year when the rEcord Bar closed and the old railway bridge was removed. Early 1970s??
On 17 May 2011 at 6:47pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Octave is a fantastic shop. I've never used a shop where the owners have such a huge knowledge of their subject. They are incredibly helpful, and I hope they keep going for ever.
On 9 Dec 2015 at 11:08am Paul Wren wrote:
Si' Sounds: Small premises, but the widest music offer of all the three shops, ranging from the 1950's to brand new releases, mostly on wonderful vinyl. Plus some used turntables/amps on sale as well. I visit this shop when I'm in the area and never walk out empty handed. The other two shops are more specialist - Octave: lots of classical etc Union: Country, folk etc.

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