The trend these days is to purchase compact discs after you've bought your compact disc player--considered a wise investment over time (if you're willing to spend top dollar). No more warped records, no more scratchy tunes. Some recording studios refuse to release recordings in LP form, and some store chains no longer stock them.
But music lovers with large investments in turntables--or who have a nostalgic bent--can still buy records locally. In fact, Orange County has a fairly wide selection of stores that sell vinyl. Chains such as Sam Goody and Music Plus still sell 12-inch singles. The Santa Ana Music Plus (2407 S. Bristol St.) has a small selection of records, and Tower Records stores still have a few, although they are not new.
Some shops, such as Music Mart in Costa Mesa and Sound Spectrum in Laguna Beach, although they don't stock records, will place orders for individual customers.
Die-hard record lovers may still have their day: Condor Records and Laguna Music (see list below) sometimes sell records at half-price.
Beggar's Banquet 1215 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim (714) 828-2328 Hours: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily Bionic Records 9549 Valley View St., Cypress (714) 828-4225 Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday Black Hole Records 108 1/2 S. Brea Blvd., Brea (714) 529-4478 Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday Book Harbor 201 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton (714) 738-1941 Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday Condor Records 32341 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano (714) 496-2425 Hours: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Cornerstone Records 6035 Beach Blvd., Buena Park (714) 523-1011 Hours: 3-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 12-6 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday Disco-Mexico 18021 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach (714) 847-8404 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday Discoteca Guadalajara 2100 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana (714) 556-9180 Hours: 10 a.m-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday Discoteca Tierra Caliente 1442 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana (714) 557-7023 Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Disco Tienda Los Caudillos de Guerrero 17311 McFadden Ave., Tustin (714) 669-8441 Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily Discoteca Mexico Lindo 504 N. East St., Anaheim (714) 774-2091 Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily Discount Records 2750 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa (714) 662-1983 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily El Hispano 227 N. Broadway, Santa Ana (714) 547-8939 Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Ghetto Records 707 N. Bristol St., Santa Ana (714) 547-7664 Hours: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Helen's Record Shop 1801 S. Main St., Santa Ana (714) 547-2025 Hours: 12-8 p.m. daily; closed on occasional Wednesdays Hyde Park Corner 4840 Irvine Blvd., Irvine (714) 838-0636 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 12-6 p.m. Sunday Laguna Music 310 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach (714) 494-1516 Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 12-4 p.m. Sunday Love Records (Korean music) 9850 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove (714) 530-4884 Hours: 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Closed Sunday Moby Disc Records 15255 Beach Blvd., Westminster (714) 897-2799 Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Mr. C's Rare Records 148 N. Glassell St., Orange (714) 532-3835 Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Latinoamericana 201 N. Broadway, Santa Ana (714) 558-8209 Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday