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Great Share Brings Tears .....Always looked forward to visit RH whenever I was in town.End of an Era ......Record stores, besides local performing venues, have been always been first port of call during my travels. Over the last 25 years, I have had the opportunity to visit and shop at a few iconic stores. Some of these - Tower Records in Shibuya Tokyo, Disk Union in Tokyo, Amoeba in LA, SF & Berkeley, Sam The Record Man in Toronto, Waterloo Records in Austin, Rakk & Ralls in Oslo, Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, Thing In New York, Red Eye in Sydney and of course Rhythm House in Mumbai.
Of all these stores, Rhythm House was special to me because this was the first large-format store that I visited. Over 20% of my 3000+ CD collection has been purchased or shipped from here. Besides the extensive collection, one thing that's common to these stores is staff with exceptional knowledge of all forms of music, and Rhythm House was no exception. Their staff was phenomenal!
While several record stores globally have shut down, a few have been able to stay afloat and even thrive due to the ongoing vinyl revival. I wish Rhythm House also had managed to keep going!
We all must grow old and retire sometime.
INCREDIBLE ! Hats Off !We all must grow old and retire sometime.
Being located in a small town in Central India , me and a music enthusiast friend of mine , for a large part of the last 30 -35 years , as long as the cassettes and CDs lasted, were dependant on Rhythm House for our music.
We used to travel 1200kms ,by train from Chattisgarh , land in VT in the morning , shop at RH , and return back by boarding the night train.
Quite simply , RH shaped our music tastes. So in many ways , RH is our de - facto musical guru.
Really grateful to them for that.
Wouldn’t have been the same though, would it? Though it started by dealing in equipment, we mostly associate it with (physical) media purchase.Just think if Rhythm House had re-invented itself with several Home Theatre Lounges / Experiences Zones, at various price points..
True. They could have easily competed in ebay/discogs given shipping by India post is cheaper than usps/Royal Mail and price of CD/LP in India is relatively cheaperWouldn’t have been the same though, would it? Though it started by dealing in equipment, we mostly associate it with (physical) media purchase.
The one way that comes to mind they could have survived was to start selling CDs and vinyl globally over eBay and sustain a smaller physical establishment. But one look at their office in the video suggests they were all but tech savvy. (They did clear their stock online, but that wasn’t regular business).